terça-feira, 7 de março de 2023

Tucker Carlson says Jan. 6 footage 'demolishes' claims of insurrection

Alex Nitzberg

On Monday night's episode of his show on the Fox News Channel, conservative commentator Tucker Carlson aired some of the surveillance footage from the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has granted Carlson access to the video. Carlson noted during his show on Monday that producers had enjoyed "unfettered access" to the surveillance footage.

While media outlets, Democrats, and some Republicans have described the events of Jan. 6 as an "insurrection," Carlson asserted that the footage "demolishes that claim."

Some of the footage shows police officers near Jacob Chansley, widely referred to as the "QAnon Shaman," whose image has become ubiquitous in the wake of the Jan. 6 episode. Chansley was arrested on January 9, 2021, according to the Justice Department.

Carlson also aired footage showing Officer Brian Sicknick walking in the Capitol, and Carlson claimed that the January 6 Committee had been aware that the man had been "walking normally ... after he was supposedly murdered by Trump supporters."

On the heels of the Jan. 6 episode, the House voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump. The Senate did not vote on the matter until Trump had already departed from office, but when it did vote, Trump was acquitted when the number of senators who voted to convict fell below the threshold necessary for a conviction.

Alex Nitzberg, Blaze  media, March 6, 2023

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