Fox News host Tucker Carlson called out U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., on Monday’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” for her ongoing support of the Democratic narrative that the January 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol was an insurrection, as he featured a former lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy who was arrested for his actions that day — such as they were.
Thomas Caldwell, 65, who spent 53 days in jail, 49 of those days in solitary confinement, and his wife, Sharon Caldwell, appeared to share their story following the protest, which began with an FBI SWAT team knocking on their door at 5:30 a.m. on January 19. Caldwell was alleged to have helped organize the Oath Keeper presence at the Capitol, and was eventually released from federal custody because of his deteriorating health and the government’s failure to produce “direct evidence” that he entered the Capitol Building — he suffers from debilitating service-related spinal injuries, according to a feature article by Julie Kelly, titled American Horror Story, published on American Greatness.
“They made me the poster boy. I was defendant number one in a conspiracy,” the Navy veteran said. “They said I conspired and I actually put together a military-style attack on the Capitol. That I stormed into the Capitol and did all these terrible things. They even claimed I threatened our lawfully elected representatives in Congress. Total claptrap. But they sent that information all around the world across all the media platforms… While I was languishing in the prison in solitary confinement, not knowing when I was going to get out, Sharon found us our current lawyer.”
A remark from Caldwell about “hanging the traitors” was taken at face value, although his attorney dismissed the comment as just “off-color jokes.”
(Source: Fox News)
He explained that after his attorney began asking about evidence to support the charge, federal prosecutors suddenly flip-flopped on what they claim he took part in.
“But still, we are mired in a legal battle against the government with no end in sight and what they are doing is they’re driving forward – you know the story about how the SWAT team came, traumatized Sharon and I,” Caldwell told the Fox News host. “They decimated our finances – have you heard that before – and right now where we are, although we’re Christians and we believe that God has us in the palm of His hand, things are not looking all that great. We are at the edge of losing our family farm, the same farm that I grew up on where we are broadcasting from tonight.”
“You think of all the people in Congress who support what has happened to you,” Carlson replied. “Liz Cheney ought to be ashamed, and hope she is watching this.”
Many of those arrested for their actions on Jan. 6 are still in jail awaiting trial — some of them subjected to months of solitary confinement. Others claim they have been beaten and abused by guards. Most are Donald Trump supporters and, in the eyes of too many, they are seen as political prisoners. In the United States of America, where due process apparently takes a backseat to the political whims of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Sharon Caldwell, who was with her husband on January 6, shared her experience, calling it “surreal.”
“I never thought in a million years that anything like this would happen to us,” she said. “You can’t even conceive of this and I still wake up some days and I think is this really happening, is this really happening?”
Explaining that when her husband was taken away she fully expected him to bond out, Sharon said when that didn’t happen she thought there must be some misunderstanding.
“He’s a 100% service-disabled veteran, he’s given everything to this country that he loves, and he has serious, serious health issues,” she said, as her emotions welled up. “He can hardly walk sometimes, he’s in so much chronic pain every single day. And I thought I would never see him again. I thought I would never see him again. I thought he was going to die in prison. I’m sorry.”
“I hope you crush these people,” an angry Carlson said in response. “And we are going to follow your case and hope that you both will come back. It’s shocking that this can happen in our country.”
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