Fox News host Tucker Carlson did not mince words in responding to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney panning his network for allowing him to spread “lies” about the January 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol.
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Highlighting a tweet from Cheney, Carlson said, “So last night, we showed you a trailer for something called ‘Patriot Purge,’ our new investigative documentary on what happened on January 6th, it debuts Monday on Fox Nation. This morning we woke up to this tweet — it comes from Congresswoman Liz Cheney, of suburban Virginia, who for some reason represents the state of Wyoming in the House.”
After reading her tweet aloud, Carlson sarcastically added, “At the bottom of her statement, Cheney made her point explicitly, ‘Make this man stop talking, de-platform his show at once.'”
“That was the point of the tweet and it was pretty amusing to read it,” he added. “This is not CNN. We work for Fox News. Our bosses don’t pull people off the air just because some screechy little politician does not like what we say. Sorry, Liz Cheney. Keep in mind that Liz Cheney has not even seen the film she is so angry about, just the trailer. A minute and 42 seconds pulled from three full episodes. Liz Cheney is not waiting for the facts here. She knows for certain we have weapons of mass destruction, and she plans to invade. According to Liz Cheney, this show is dangerous. Because we have dared to report on what actually happened on January 6th, this show is somehow, she says, abetting violence.”
The Fox News host explained that if that argument sounds familiar, that’s because it’s “a staple of those hysterical, purple-haired college activists you see yelling at people in viral videos, ‘Your speech is violence.'”
“So, in other words, burning down America’s cities is a civil rights protest, shooting an unarmed female Trump supporter to death is an act of courage, but objecting to racist propaganda being imposed on your kids at school is terrorism, lock those parents up,” Carlson said. “That is the official position of the Democratic Party and has been for at least a year. What is interesting is that suddenly it is Liz Cheney’s position, too.”
Cheney is one of two GOP lawmakers who sit on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s politically motivated Jan. 6 select committee, the other being U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. They’re often referred to as “Pelosi Republicans,” and the speaker was so pleased with Cheney that she elevated her to vice-chair of the committee.
“In some ways, you can see why Cheney was so enraged by our trailer,” Carlson said. “Until yesterday, she and Nancy Pelosi had a monopoly on how Americans were allowed to understand January 6th. It was a racist insurrection, they told us with straight faces. It was the single worst day of political violence since 9/11, the Civil War. That was their often-repeated storyline, and they were entirely in charge of that storyline. No questions were allowed. But unfortunately for them, that is not how a free society works. Politicians don’t get to put parameters around your thoughts or conversations.”
“Free people are permitted to ask any question they want,” he continued. “They can follow the facts to their own logical conclusions, and that is exactly what we set out to do months ago when we began reporting on this story. We spoke to dozens of people who were directly involved in the events of Jan. 6th. We screened hundreds of hours of relevant videotape. What we found, in the end, bore no resemblance whatsoever to the story that you have heard repeatedly from Liz Cheney and Nancy Pelosi, as well as their many obedient mouthpieces in the media. They were lying.”
Carlson vowed to share all of the details with viewers next week, before closing out the segment by blasting Cheney.
“In the meantime, by the way, we had hoped very much to speak to Liz Cheney directly tonight,” he explained. “Sniping over social media can be amusing, but it is not really the way adults communicate with each other. So we called Liz Cheney’s office this morning to invite her on the show, but she emphatically refused to come. It turns out Liz Cheney is not simply a liar, she’s also a coward. Not really surprising, neocons usually are cowards. In any case, our offer stands. Liz Cheney is always welcome on this show any time.”
Cheney pushed back immediately, zeroing in one specific detail to take a crack at Carlson — she did not comment on the offer to go toe-to-toe with Carlson on national television.
Re-upping this tweet so everyone can see the whole thing, including the part @TuckerCarlson was afraid to show. Tucker: are you still falsely contending the voting machines were corrupted and the election was stolen? https://t.co/SHpqhST65a
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) October 29, 2021
The “Patriot Purge” trailer referenced above can be seen below:
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