After reviewing some 41,000 hours of security camera videos, Tucker Carlson and his Fox News team this week refuted numerous lies that Democrats have trafficked since Jan. 6, 2021.
The following are the five biggest:
- Democrats consider Jan. 6 a “deadly insurrection.” They call this Storming of the Bastille 2.0 a bloody attempted overthrow of the U.S. government.
Footage from outside the Capitol shows an initial cadre of violent extremists breaking windows and kicking down doors. “It was awful,” Carlson said. “We hate vandalism. We hate assault.”
But new video shows hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people who walked calmly between velvet ropes within the Capitol. Many took photos of paintings in the Rotunda. Two of them quietly perused a literature table and walked away with free publications.
Many of these unarmed protesters innocently wandered into the Capitol, after overwhelmed guards threw the doors open. Evidently, they thought that Jan. 6 was an open house on Capitol Hill.
Should these people have been there? No.
Were they armed revolutionaries? No.
- Wearing red-white-and-blue face paint and fur-wrapped Viking horns, an Arizona Navy veteran named Jacob Chansley—dubbed “the QAnon Shaman”—was that day’s highest-profile protester.
The Justice Department called Chansley “the most prominent symbol of a violent insurrection.” Former federal prosecutor Paul Butler said on MNSBC: “Chansley is a stone-cold thug.”
Security cameras witnessed a far-from-dangerous Chansley on what the New York Post called a “Tour de Farce.” Police escorted him through the Capitol. At least nine officers surrounded him. Two tried to open locked doors for him. None arrested him. Indeed, his armed guides ushered him into the Senate chamber.
Rather than attack them there, Chansley prayed: “Thank you, Heavenly Father, for taking the inspiration needed to these police officers to allow us into the building.”
Should Chansley have been there? No.
Was he a “stone-cold thug?” No.
- CBS News blamed some 2,000 Jan. 6 rioters for “causing the deaths of five police officers.” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough claimed that “Donald Trump’s supporters … killed police officers.”
Some rioters, in fact, battled and beat cops. They should be locked up.
There were law enforcement personnel who perished—“none of whom died at the scene on Jan. 6,” according to FactCheck.org. Four committed suicide—three days, eight days, and two of them, six months later, respectively.
Tragic and horrible? Yes.
Did Trump supporters kill them? No.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper said: “Officer Brian Sicknick died after being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during the fight.”
New Jan. 6 video, in fact, shows Sicknick alive, well, and on duty inside the Capitol, after rioters supposedly killed him, outside the building. He wore a helmet, which shielded him from fatal cranial trauma.
A depressing and untimely demise? Yes.
Murder by Trump supporters? No.
- According to the Jan. 6 committee, “On January 5th, [Trevor] Hallgren took a tour of the Capitol with [Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga.] during which he took pictures of hallways and staircases.”
Lie: Loudermilk showed the carefully plotting putschists how to succeed.
Truth: Loudermilk took some 15 constituents through the Rayburn House Office Building, across the street from the Capitol. None of Loudermilk’s guests was in the Capitol the next day.
- “Later that day, [Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.] fled after those protesters he helped to rile up stormed the Capitol,” said then-Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., a member of the committee, which then presented a recording of Hawley running down a Senate hallway. The audience roared with derisive laughter.
New video shows that Hawley followed Capitol Police advice and was at least the 25th person to sprint past that security camera.
Of course, that unraveled the Democrats’ lies. So, they padlocked the truth until House Republicans set it free.
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