Fox News host Tucker Carlson is warning that the Biden administration seems intent on pursuing criminal charges against ex-President Donald Trump but expressed hope that the Democrat-controlled U.S. government, for the good of the country, will “pull back before it’s too late.”
(Video: Fox News)
Carlson perhaps thought that his vacation time would coincide with a slow late-summer news week, but upon his return to his prime-time FNC program, he delivered a 25-minute monologue about the FBI raid at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.
The most influential pundit in America began the discourse by insisting that “no honest person could believe that the raid on Donald Trump’s home last week was a legitimate act of law enforcement.”
He added that if the feds were supposedly after classified documents related to nuclear weaponry that could endanger national security, “You have to wonder, why did they wait a year and a half to do anything about it? Why did they wait till 90 days before a midterm election, an election that polls suggest they will lose?”
Later in the soliloquy in the video clip embedded above, Carlson called out RINOs such as Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson for trying to justify an unprecedented action by federal police:
“The FBI is just simply carrying out their responsibilities. Of course, they are,” he said satirically.
“What? Well, ‘you don’t support law enforcement? There’s nothing to see here.’ That’s the line,” Carlson continued, “and no doubt Asa Hutchinson, and Mitch McConnell, and Dan Crenshaw and the rest of them will be telling you the very same thing when the Biden Justice Department, or some other state law enforcement agency under their influence, finally does what you know they’re going to do, which is indict Donald Trump. Obviously, they’re going to do that. Who knows how.”
‘Sheep following their media!’ Don Jr reacts to guy demanding Trump be arrested, but can’t explain why https://t.co/QdKdEv29TV pic.twitter.com/uHa2Obeqri
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 12, 2022
He went to predict that the scenario will be based on a flimsy pretext, in a way that should be familiar to anyone who followed what happened after Trump won the 2016 presidential election.
“Maybe they’ll produce surveillance video from Mar-a-Lago. Apparently, they’ve already subpoenaed that and will spend the next year talking about how it shows ‘Trump mishandling classified information.’ Really? On the server. Remember the endless Russia collusion hoax? We’re in for a lot more of that,” he predicted. “They’ll scream about how Trump is a criminal, and if you express any support for him, or any interest in retaining, I don’t know, the rights of free speech and due process, you’re a criminal, too. In fact, you are the threat. You’re the threat, and just mentioning you disagree with what is happening is an attack on our government. That’s their style….”
Carlson implied that what happened at Mar-a-Lago was a hallmark of a repressive third-world banana republic or East Germany during the Cold War.
“Indicting Donald Trump is a very big step, not simply because a lot of people like him, and he’s the former president, but because indicting him at this point would be to reveal that this entire thing, and by thing we mean our justice system, is just transparently political. It’s just a means to an end, a means to power, and people know that at this point. They’ve watched it.
“They understand what’s happening. Even people who don’t like Donald Trump, even people who didn’t vote for Donald Trump and don’t want to vote for him in 2024, they know, and they can’t unknow. And that means that we are at this point on the edge of something unprecedented and something awful,” the Fox News host contended.
Carlson underscored that Trump himself called for lowering the country’s polarized, political temperature, but suggested that the vindictive and divisive Biden administration, which has weaponized the legal system against various Republicans, is unlikely to budge.
“It’s not good, and not just for [Trump], for all of us. This could get very bad, very fast, and the Biden people know that perfectly well. They know what could happen if they continue down this path of using law enforcement to cling to power. But they don’t care because they’re facing a repudiation from voters, and they’re desperate, and they’ll do anything but at what cost? Pray they pull back before it’s too late.”
Carlson also mocked U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, the so-called moderate who Obama wanted to put on the Supreme Court, for petulance in the aftermath of the raid.
“Just the other day, after signing off on the Mar-a-Lago raid, your Attorney General Merrick Garland came on stage to whine about how actually he was the victim here. He’s the victim. Apparently, some people disagreed with the raid, so the FBI, the most heavily armed domestic law enforcement agency in the world, is now under threat from you. Right. You’re the criminal. ‘Our critics are in jail, but I got anonymous threats on Twitter. Poor me.’ Passive aggression is the defining characteristic of the left,” Carlson said. “If they started putting people in camps, NBC News would cheer them on, and then attack you for complaining about it. ‘How dare you, violating our norms. We’ve always had camps.'”
During the monologue, Carlson provided a disturbing litany of various individuals in the Trump orbit who have been targeted by Garland’s DOJ and the FBI in the last 18 months, as well the mostly nonviolent January 6 protesters who face criminal charges or have already been sentenced.
“Now, superficially, all of this is about Donald Trump, and on some level, it is. Permanent Washington does not want Trump to run again. Of course, it’s their greatest fear and they’re doing all he can to prevent it,” he claimed. “None of this is really about Donald Trump, the man. It’s about power and that means it’s about crushing and humiliating anyone who gets in the way of people who want to retain power and that means anyone.”
Carlson also castigated the corporate media, including MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, for spewing the talking point that no one, including an ex-president, is above the law.
Tucker reminds holier-than-thou Joe Scarborough about the skeletons in his own closet https://t.co/gC5M4bM5sC
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) August 16, 2022
“We’re informed of this by the same people who paid rioters to burn down our cities, the ones who eliminated bail, the ones who encouraged tens of millions of foreign nationals to ignore our federal immigration statutes and move to our country permanently at public expense as a reward for breaking our laws, but keep in mind, no one is above the law,” Carlson asserted.
Trump lawyers and the DOJ are headed to court on Thursday over a dispute about the release of the affidavit supporting the raid which the Biden administration wants to keep under wraps.
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