Fox News host Tucker Carlson was good to his word on Monday and released previously unseen footage of the Jan. 6 protest, claiming that those such as Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, and the rest of the sham House Select Committee conclusively lied about what really happened that day.
(Video Credit: Fox News)
“With that, here is the video. It doesn’t answer every question from January 6, far from it, but it does prove beyond doubt that Democrats in Congress, assisted by Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney, lied about what happened that day. They are liars. That is conclusive, and that fact should prevent them from ever being taken seriously again,” Carlson damningly said, laying blame on Kinzinger, Cheney, and the House Select Committee’s inquisition for destroying many, many lives.
“We’re going to get inside with footage that shows you what was actually happening inside the Capitol. The footage does not show an insurrection or a riot in progress. Instead, it shows police escorting protesters through the building, including the now infamous ‘QAnon Shaman,'” he told viewers.
Before he showed that footage, Carlson made the case that Jan. 6 was depicted as something it wasn’t and that Americans were manipulated by the left.
“We’re about to show you surveillance footage from inside the United States Capitol. The images you’ll see were recorded 26 months ago today on January 6, 2021. Until now, politicians have kept this tape hidden from the public. There is no legitimate justification for that and there never has been,” Carlson charged.
Wow… @RepLizCheney and @AdamKinzinger you KNEW this. YOU had this footage and LIED to the American people….
— Conservative Momma (@conmomma) March 7, 2023
“Yet the beneficiaries of that election continue to lie about what is now obvious. The real crime, they will tell you again and again, is not what happened on Election Day, 2020. The real crime is what happened two months later, on January 6, when Donald Trump led an insurrection against the duly elected American government,” he noted.
Carlson laid out the alleged plan by Democrats to ensure that former President Trump would never run for the presidency again.
“To prove that claim and to divert attention from the details of the presidential election itself, Democrats in Congress impaneled what they called the House Select Committee on the January 6 attack. The point of that committee was to prevent Donald Trump from running for president again. In December of last year, committee members voted unanimously to refer Trump to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. Mission accomplished,” he contended.
He then gave credit to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for releasing the footage to him so it could be reviewed and shown to the American public. Carlson was given full access to Capitol surveillance videos. No one interfered with his investigation, including Fox News.
“But what the committee did not do was explain what happened inside the Capitol on January 6. Three weeks ago, thanks to the new Republican speaker’s office, we gained access to thousands of hours of surveillance video that help answer that question. The January 6 Committee had access to this very same tape and watched much of it. But as we’re about to show you, committee members lied about what they saw and then hid the evidence from the public, as well as from January 6, criminal defendants and their lawyers. That is unforgivable,” Carlson asserted.
“Of the 40,000 or so hours of tape, most of it turned out to be irrelevant – static shots of empty rooms, in some cases far from the Capitol itself. To find relevant videotape, our producers were given use of Capitol computers with advanced mapping software. That made it easy to find what we were looking for. What we didn’t have was access to facial recognition software, and that was significant,” the conservative pundit explained.
“For more than two years, we have wondered why some in the crowd that day who seemed to be inciting violence were never indicted for it. We assumed these were federal agents of some sort. We still assume that. And in fact, there were many examples of behavior we saw in those tapes that didn’t seem to make sense: Men in civilian clothes holding doors open for protesters, escorting others to the Capitol, etc. We would love to know who these people were, but as of tonight, we don’t know and because we don’t know, we’re not going to put their faces on the screen and suggest they were federal agents. That would be irresponsible,” the Fox News host remarked.
He detailed that there were a number of mysteries they could not solve with the video footage they had. One of those was the shooting of Ashli Babbitt by Officer Michael Byrd. Carlson did point out that she was small in stature, unarmed, and obviously posed no threat. There were no security cameras near where she was gunned down, so her death still has many questions that need answering.
“And one more thing: Virtually no one in Washington, Republican or Democrat, certainly not in the news media, wanted to see this tape released tonight. That’s why it’s remained hidden for more than two years. In recent weeks, the usual hyenas in Congress and on cable news have been howling about we are putting lives at risk by showing this tape to the public,” Carlson reported.
“Given that these are the very same people who support open borders and defunding the police, it is hard to take their complaints seriously. But we do take security seriously. So, before airing any of this video, we checked first with the Capitol Police. We’re happy to say their reservations were minor and for the most part, they were reasonable. In the end, the only change that we made was in blurring the details of a single interior door in the Capitol building. You’re unlikely even to notice it when we show you, and we are confident it does not affect our reporting,” he stated.
Carlson would go on to show that despite how it was framed that day, the majority of protesters were little more than “sightseers.”
The J6 Committee LIED to America. @TuckerCarlson is revealing the truth.
They must be held accountable.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) March 7, 2023
“The protestors were angry. They believed the election they had just voted in had been unfairly conducted. They were right,” Carlson claimed. “In retrospect, it is clear the 2020 election was a grave betrayal of American democracy. Given the facts that have since emerged about that election, no honest person can deny it.”
“The footage does not show an insurrection or a riot in progress,” he posited. “Taken as a whole, the video record does not support the claim that Jan. 6 was an insurrection. In fact, it demolishes that claim. And that’s exactly why the Democratic Party and its allies in the media prevented you from seeing it. By controlling the images you are allowed to view from Jan. 6, they controlled how the public understood that day. They could lie about what happened and you would never know the difference.”
The January 6 tape given by Speaker McCarthy to Tucker Carlson shows the House committee on the riot misled the nation on violence against Capitol police and that the dishonest corporate media spread the distortion with enthusiasm. That's the headline.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) March 7, 2023
“The overwhelming majority weren’t [violent],” Carlson concluded. “They were peaceful. They were orderly and meek. These were not insurrectionists. They were sightseers. Footage from inside the Capitol overturns the story you’ve heard about Jan. 6. Protesters queue up in neat little lines. They give each other tours outside the speaker’s office. They take cheerful selfies and they smile. They’re not destroying Capitol. They obviously revere the Capitol. They’re there because they believe the election was stolen from them. They believe in the system.”
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