With so much talk about an “insurrection” being bandied about in the media, Fox News host Tucker Carlson applied the term to an incident that may actually be fitting, regarding the Texas Democrats who fled the state for Washington, D.C., to prevent a quorum ahead of the expected passage of a voter integrity bill.
After all, Merriam-Webster defines an insurrection as “an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government,” and that pretty much explains the actions of the more than 50 Democratic state lawmakers who absconded their duties.
Carlson opened Tuesday’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” with an emphasis on President Joe Biden’s “disturbing” speech on voters’ rights earlier in the day, which may be as reckless a speech as an American president has ever given.
“This country faces a crisis more dangerous than anything since the American Civil War, Biden said,” Carlson opened. “That’s Gettysburg, Shiloh, Antietam, the walking dead of Andersonville, the killing fields of the 19th century American south. That’s what we are looking at right now, announced the president of the United States. By attempting to pass laws requiring voters to show I.D. when they vote, Republicans are risking permanent internal division, as well as violent conflict.”
The Fox News host then played a short clip of Biden’s remarks, where the Democratic president misrepresented GOP efforts to shore up voter integrity at best, outright lied to the nation at worst — not that the Big Tech fact-checkers can be bothered by such deception.
“There’s an unfolding assault taking place in America today, an attempt to suppress and subvert the right to vote in fair and free elections,” Biden said. “[…] We are facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. That’s not hyperbole. Since the Civil War.”
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“The Civil War? Sound overheated to you?” Carlson asked. “Joe Biden would like you to know this is not hyperbole. Voter I.D. laws are literally like the Civil War — that is habeas corpus suspended, state legislatures shut down, hundreds of thousands of Americans dead in fields. That was the Civil War. Biden made it clear that’s what he meant. He said it twice. When was the last time a sitting American president gave a speech like this?”
Noting that America has probably not heard a speech like this since the actual Civil War, he said it was hard to know how to process it.
“Even allowing for the dementia, it was a stunningly irresponsible thing for an American leader to say out loud, dangerous even,” Carlson opined, before exploring what Biden’s motivation was.
“Well, here’s the Fort Sumter Biden was referring to. Yesterday, 51 Democrats in the state legislature in Texas left Texas and flew to Washington, D.C., on private jets,” he said. “They did this in order to deny the Texas legislature a quorum — and then they shut it down, they shut down the democratic process in their state. By leaving Texas, they, in other words, violated their sworn duty to represent their voters and they committed what amounted to an act of, yes, insurrection.”
Explaining that the fleeing Democrats did this so Texas couldn’t pass laws against voter fraud, Carlson detailed some of the provisions in these laws.
“The measures Texas voters would like to see become law include a bill that requires some form of identification, a driver’s license or social security card, something valid and real for voters who submit mail-in ballots,” he explained. “Another bill would require the Texas secretary of state to review voter rolls for non-citizens and remove people who are not allowed to vote.”
“So nothing in the bill is radical or without extensive precedent. If you oppose voter fraud, in fact, it’s all very obvious and not controversial at all. And that’s why it’s so popular with voters in Texas,” he continued.
It was bad enough when the Democrats got caught gloating with a case of beer while running from their duties, but when they landed in DC the lawmakers promptly held a news conference before the adoring media and broke into a butchered version of “We Shall Overcome.”
Under the contrived circumstances, doing so was an insult to every American who fought for civil rights in the 1960s, but to not even know the words of the iconic song showed just what a spectacle the entire stunt is.
As for stopping the process cold, Carlson said “preventing lawmakers from making laws, shutting down the vote, would not seem like a defense of democracy.”
“In fact, it would appear to be just the opposite. It would appear to be an assault on the very core of democracy, which is the legislature, the people’s house. Even diabolical Vladimir Putin never attempted to do that,” he closed. “But according to Joe Biden, this time, it’s necessary. Sometimes you’ve got to end democracy in order to save democracy. That is if you’re not a racist. Requiring people to prove their identity when they cast the vote, said the president, is ‘An unrelenting 21st century Jim Crow assault.’ Really? How so? Biden never explained, but he didn’t need to. His bootlickers on cable television jumped in to do the talking for him.”
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