The left has so much riding on their Jan. 6 insurrection narrative, perhaps the greatest being the outcome of the 2024 presidential election, that they reacted in unison to Fox News host Tucker Carlson airing exclusive video footage of events that took place on January 6, 2021.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., granted Carlson access to review more than 40,000 hours of security camera footage from the Capitol Building that was kept from the public for over two years.
In airing some of that video Monday, Carlson insisted that the House select committee appointed by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi was lying about an insurrection: “Taken as a whole, the video record does not support the claim that Jan. 6 was an insurrection. In fact, it demolishes that claim.”
Democratic leaders like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and the party’s media allies went on the offensive, not so much tarnishing the footage — after all, people see what they see — but slamming Carlson and Fox News for airing it. And given that CNN prioritizes these things, it was only fitting that Anderson Cooper carry the banner and he didn’t disappoint, claiming Carlson would have soiled himself if he was among the crowd of protesters that day.
Cooper had former D.C. Metro police officer Michael Fanone on as a guest — now a CNN contributor who all but does double duty as a Democratic activist. Fanone was assaulted by protesters on Jan. 6.
“Last night, Carlson called people who breached the Capitol ‘sightseers’ instead of insurrectionists,” Cooper told Fanone.
“It’s not the language I would use,” Fanone replied, as he named some of the protesters who were prosecuted for assaulting him and their actions. “What Tucker Carlson forgot to talk about – like you said earlier – is the 140 officers like myself that were severely injured as a result of this violent insurrection and attack on our Capitol.”
Having set the stage, Cooper proceeded to personally attack Carlson instead of refuting the footage the Fox News host showcased on Monday.
“I mean, the idea of Tucker Carlson being in that mob that day and not wetting his pants is hard to imagine,” he said. “I find it hard to understand somebody who has never put himself in harm’s way in any capacity for anyone else or on reporting a story, and yet has the audacity to try to rewrite history.”
“That’s what this is,” the CNN host opined. “It is an attempt to rewrite history on what is one of the most consequential, certainly one of the biggest events in American democracy and the biggest threats to American democracy.”
This being furtherance of Democratic talking points uttered by President Joe Biden himself when he said Jan. 6 was “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.” His claim took precedence over World War I and World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attack on the U.S.
Unwittingly, Fanone confirmed that in the end, this is about Donald Trump and not what took place at the Capitol that fateful day.
“Tucker Carlson is, by his own admission, an entertainer, not a journalist, and on top of that he’s just proven himself to be Donald Trump’s chief propagandist and that’s all this was,” the former police officer presumed.
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