Tucker Carlson was called out Tuesday night after “false claims” he made regarding convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin, but the record shows the Fox News host has been nothing but consistent on this point.
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During the broadcast of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host welcomed in colleague Laura Ingraham to preview a report that she had done for her Fox News show, “The Ingraham Angle,” where she looked at the devastation wrought in Minneapolis from the riots that ensued following the death of George Floyd.
Carlson, who has continually pointed the blame at corporate America for funding and facilitating the violence instead of letting the judicial system take its course offered up a closing statement that riled up a fair amount of social justice warriors.
“What’s weird is that big companies paid for these riots — we’ve put the list on the screen many times. But they haven’t paid to rebuild one of America’s nicest cities that they destroyed. So, where is the Nike and Google and Facebook fund to help rebuild Minneapolis?” Carlson asked.
“They destroyed a city, they put this cop in prison for the rest of his life – we all have to pretend he committed murder, which he didn’t, but whatever, we all have to pretend it – and then they leave and they move on to the next thing to destroy,” he told Ingraham.
As footage of his remarks circulated on the internet and Carlson was lambasted as a liar for spreading fake news about the May 2020 death of Floyd while in police custody, most looked to the conviction of the jury for their “proof” against the claims while dismissing the entirety of the host’s coverage on this matter.
When is American government going to make it illegal for News and Faux News to spread lies? This should be against the law! Give everyone a platform but make them tell the truth!!!!!
— Jeannie ☮️🇨🇦🇺🇦🏳️🌈 (@Jeannie_Legend) August 3, 2022
Seriously, this needs to be illegal again.
— Morticia Frump-Addams 🇺🇦🙏 (@Vanessa82661507) August 3, 2022
Can any lawyer go after his money not Fox. Remember, Alex Jones??? Anyone??? Have an opinion is one thing, but inventing facts to satisfy an audience is not free speech.
— Claudia (@Claudiadavid001) August 3, 2022
On multiple occasions, Carlson laid out the details from the medical examiner’s report that showed the dangerous levels of drugs in Floyd’s system at the time of his death, including Fentanyl. During his Feb. 10, 2021 broadcast, he painted the broad picture of corporate media’s promotion of a narrative to drive an outcome when comparing the Black Lives Matter protests to the still fresh Jan. 6 Capitol breach.
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“Beginning on Memorial Day, BLM and their sponsors in corporate America completely changed this country. They changed this country more in five months than it changed in the previous 50 years. How did they do that?” he asked. “They used the sad death of a man called George Floyd to up-end our society.”
“Months later we learned that the story they told us about George Floyd’s death was an utter lie. There was no physical evidence that George Floyd was murdered by a cop. The autopsy showed that George Floyd almost certainly died of a drug overdose. Fentanyl,” Carlson explained. “But by that point facts didn’t matter. It was too late.”
Carlson went on to recap this again in March as jury selection began for Derek Chauvin’s trial, pointing out that the verdict was going to be coerced by the immense pressures of heavily-funded violent protests.
“In other words, if you vote to acquit Derek Chauvin, the mob is saying, the community will burn because we will burn it. It’s like something from Mississippi in the 1920s. But where’s the Justice Department? Where’s the so-called Civil Rights Division to protect the civil rights of Derek Chauvin? Yes, even accused cops have the right to a fair trial. You civil rights are not suspended when you’re accused. This is America.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 11, 2021
Again Carlson pointed out upon the conviction of Chauvin who is now serving 22 and a half years in prison that “The jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial came to a unanimous and unequivocal verdict this afternoon: Please don’t hurt us.”
“Everyone understood perfectly well the consequences of an acquittal in this case. After nearly a year of burning and looting and murder by BLM, that was never in doubt,” he added.
The point Carlson clearly made is that justice would never win out in this case because the mob had decided the fate of Chauvin well before an investigation had even begun. A conviction requires that facts prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and in this case, Carlson remains adamant the verdict was questionable.
Meanwhile, as he remains incarcerated, for a crime he may not have committed, his wife had filed for divorce days after Floyd’s death and recently sold their vacation home in Windermere, FL for $475,000, according to Fox News. When the divorce was finalized in Feb. 2021, Kellie May Xiong Chauvin, a former beauty queen, was awarded two-thirds of their assets valued at $703,717.69.
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