Carlson: Video Proves Most Rioters Were “Sightseers”

Mediaite reports:

Tucker Carlson attempted to rewrite the history of the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot by insisting what actually happened was not what we all saw with our own eyes. On Monday, the Fox News host aired some of the more than 40,000 hours of surveillance video his show was given access to by Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Four people died in the melee. A 42-year-old Capitol police officer who was sprayed with an unknown substance at the Capitol died of a stroke the next day. At least two officers who responded to the riot died of suicide shortly after.

Carlson aired a few minutes of surveillance footage that showed trespassers not committing violence inside the Capitol, as if to suggest that was the most notable takeaway from that day.

Media Matters has the transcript of Carlson’s lies:

Taken as a whole, the video record does not support the claim that January 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 January 6, they controlled how the public understood that day. They could lie about what happened and you would never know the difference. Those lies had a purpose. They created a pretext for a federal crackdown on opponents of the uniparty in Washington.

The crowd was enormous. A small percentage of them were hooligans. They committed vandalism. You’ve seen their pictures again and again. But the overwhelming majority weren’t. They were peaceful. They were orderly and meek. These were not insurrectionists. They were sightseers.