this is such a great moment. I’m sorry to just be getting to this point, but I just realized what Tucker Carlson v. The Swamp teaches us. I’m going to suggest that you ask yourself a single question and see if you can answer it, but give me a minute to get there.
If a girlfriend says to her boyfriend, “I know you went home with Tiffany after her shift on Thursday night, and you had sex with her in her living room three times,” and then the boyfriend starts screaming and waving his arms around and shouting, “OH RIGHT, YOU THINK I JUST GO AROUND HAVING SEX WITH EVERYONE ALL THE TIME! YOU’RE SO CRAZY!”, then, in fact, that boyfriend went home with Tiffany after her shift on Thursday night, and he had sex with her in her living room three times. Compare this possible response: “I was with Brian on Thursday night, hanging out at the gas station and listening to Yo La Tengo on our headphones, and I haven’t seen Tiffany since that thing at the dog park.” Right?
Now, without revisiting details, Tucker Carlson made three claims when he aired January 6 footage:
The Viking-horned Jacob Chansley, who was charged with “violent entry” to the Capitol, and who was later depicted as having fought his way through the building to storm the Senate chambers, in fact walked the hall calmly in the company of police officers who didn’t try to stop him, and who in fact tried to open doors for him.
Senator Josh Hawley, who was depicted by the January 6 committee as a coward who ran, alone, from the mob, in fact followed police directions and left an area with many other legislators.
Officer Brian Sicknick, who has repeatedly been depicted as an officer who was murdered by violent insurrectionists in the Capitol on January 6, can be seen walking around unharmed in the Capitol after he is supposed to have been killed.
Also, Carlson explicitly said that some people were violent at the Capitol on January 6.
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