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Carlson Rips McConnell, Schumer For Jan. 6 Tape Criticism

Graham Perdue
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The congressional meltdown continued Tuesday over Fox News’ Tucker Carlson’s release of unedited footage of the Jan. 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol.

Of course, the outrage is from Democrats and certain RINOs who want to continue the narrative that the protests were indeed a violent “insurrection.” Carlson’s video releases show a much different side to the day’s events, one that was hidden from public view by the Jan. 6 House committee.

Tuesday featured the outrage of two of Carlson’s critics, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). 

The Fox News host noted that “they’re all on the same side. Here you have people with shared interests. The open borders people. The people like Mitch McConnell who are living in splendor on Chinese money.” 

Schumer’s tantrum took place on the Senate floor and featured him demanding that Carlson be censored. The Democrat called House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) a “traitor.”

It was McCarthy who released the tens of thousands of hours of unedited surveillance tapes to Carlson so that a version of events other than the Democratic narrative would see the light of day. 

Schumer tweeted afterwards that “to say the January 6th attack was not violent is a lie. The lives of my staff, my colleagues, the police, maintenance staff, reporters, and more were put in danger.”

The senator argued that Fox News “must order Tucker Carlson to stop promoting the Big Lie.”

McConnell was hardly better, claiming that Fox News made “a mistake” in its portraying the Jan. 6 protests as largely peaceful if chaotic. The Republican leader backed claims by others that Carlson “cherry-picked” some of the day’s calmer moments.

He said the network erred in showing the event “in a way completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol” detailed.

In 2023, it is getting tougher to tell some Republicans from Democrats. Carlson is right in that many have shared interests and, apart from an issue here or there, are on the same side. More than anything in recent history, Jan. 6 is a dividing line between true conservatives and those who pretend.