(Video: Fox News)
Fox News host Tucker Carlson opened Monday’s segment of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” with an intense focus on Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo, who was handpicked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to sit on the January 6 select committee to give the politically motivated endeavor a “bipartisan” label.
Cheney drove headlines this week when she read a series of text messages sent to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows during the rioting at the U.S. Capitol obtained by the committee subpoenaing the former Trump administration official’s personal phone records. Carlson insisted that Cheney is lying to the American people about January 6 and is motivated in doing so by her desire to run for president, noting a recent appearance by Cheney in Manchester, New Hampshire.
(Carlson suggested her platform would center around the one thing she cares most about, which he said was “starting pointless wars in faraway countries.”)
“Liz Cheney is delusional,” he opined. “She’s living on another planet, and on that planet with her is the Republican Party’s fading leadership class. The people who stopped assessing reality are having new thoughts of any kind, right, around 2003. That’s the era in which they are frozen in amber.”
“And those people are sending Liz Cheney a ton of money, huge amounts of money because they wanted to run for president. Cheney has raised millions of dollars just this year, in part from political action committees run by Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell, and, needless to say, Lindsey Graham.” he continued. “Apparently, all of these geniuses think that Liz Cheney has a good shot of being president.”
Carlson then pointed to Cheney’s performance on the January 6 select commission, which he equated to “the American version of a Soviet show trial,” to say that none of the aforementioned people have said “a single word” about it.
“The Jan. 6 committee has somehow awarded itself the power to seize the personal communications of its political enemies and then make them public. The argument’s really simple: Turn over your text messages or we’re going to send you to jail,” he charged.
Taking note of the text messages sent to Meadows, he said Cheney read them aloud on television because she “thought they might be embarrassing to conservatives,” adding that “some of those texts, it turns out, were from anchors here at Fox News, and Liz Cheney took special delight in reading those.”
Fox News hosts Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Brian Kilmeade all texted Meadows, calling on him to have then-President Trump intervene in some manner to quell the out-of-control mob at the Capitol.
“But what’s extra amazing about what Liz Cheney just did, and this is the reason you know this is a show trial, purely political and totally disconnected from reality, much less law, is that the text messages that she read yesterday were exculpatory. They didn’t make her case. They undercut her case.,” Carlson said.
He noted that the three Fox anchors were not cheering what was happening at the Capitol, but were, in fact, upset by it, “even in private, when they assume no one was listening.”
“And that shouldn’t surprise you. These are principled people, what they say in public is not that far from what they say over text message,” Carlson said. “If you get a text from Brian Kilmeade, it sounds pretty much identical to Brian Kilmeade on ‘Fox & Friends.’ These are not phonies. We can personally confirm that. Whether you like them or not, they’re real.”
So Fox anchors on TV and in private opposed the BLM riots in the summer of 2020. Fox anchors opposed the riot on Capitol Hill in January 2021. It turns out that Fox anchors opposed riots. All riots. No matter who’s rioting,” he continued. “And we’re the only news anchors in the United States of America who do this. The other channels wait to see who the rioters voted for, and then they respond accordingly, as you may have noticed.”
Calling Cheney “a liar,” Carlson added, “Liz Cheney attempted to twist these texts into proof of some kind of conspiracy. Part of the insurrection storyline, which, by the way, is getting very old. If Jan. 6 was an insurrection, we’ll believe anything, where’s the evidence of that?”
“Liz Cheney is proving the defendant’s case inadvertently, and of course, she’s lying,” he said. “They all are. The entire Jan. 6 committee is lying, and they’re not even lying very artfully, repeatedly in just the last few days, nearly a year after it happened.”
The Fox News host cited claims from Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., about there being many deaths at the protest, before declaring, “Only one person was intentionally killed on January 6th. Who was that? Well, she was a Trump supporter. She was called Ashli Babbitt, and she was shot in the chest without warning by one of Liz Cheney’s bodyguards. Those are the facts that they are lying about.”
One year removed from the event, with plenty of facts known, Carlson offered his own take on what the Capitol protest was really all about.
“Well, for the most part, a year later, it’s very clear January 6th was essentially what it appeared to be,” he said. “Thousands of ordinary American citizens, voters, people who believe in our democracy far more fervently than Liz Cheney ever has, came to Washington because they sincerely believed democracy had been thwarted. They believed the presidential election was unfair, and they have a right to believe that, and by the way, in many ways, they were correct. The presidential election was unfair, and you don’t have to get into anything about voting machines to believe that.”
Alleging some of the “most powerful companies on planet Earth, heavily regulated by the government benefiting from government contracts, swung behind Joe Biden,” Carlson offered an example of unfair behavior:
“Consider the facts that we know. As Election Day approached, Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T shut down the Trump campaign’s ability to send text messages and then Google, this has never even been reported, but it is widely known, Google prevented the Trump campaign from raising money over Gmail. There’s no precedent for that. The Trump reelection campaign lost millions in donations. That was the whole point of it.”
Amid reports of there being FBI informants on the ground that fateful day, if not bureau agents themselves, Carlson also pointed to some of the characters, known and unknown, involved in the protest who were never questioned. People like Ray Epps, who is seen on video encouraging people to breach the Capitol.
“Epps has not been prosecuted or even charged. I mean, maybe he has. Tell us if you know differently. Liz Cheney,” he said. “But if he hasn’t, how come? Did Epps have any contact with federal law enforcement agencies before the Capitol was stormed on Jan. 6th? Liz Cheney has called us ‘unpatriotic’ for asking that question.”
“We asked her to come on our show and explain. She refused, of course, because she’s a coward. Most neocons are. But until Liz Cheney answers that basic question, there is no reason to play along with her charade,” Carlson concluded. “If they’re going to lie to us and hide essential information from the public, there’s no reason to participate, no matter what they say.”
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