Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday returned to his debunked conspiracy theory that it was actually the FBI — not Trump and his supporters — who were responsible for the January 6th insurrection.
After Carlson interviewed Glenn Greenwald, the host wondered if maybe the FBI set up not just Donald Trump supporters, but also Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
"It does kind of make you wonder about Matt Gaetz, actually. Remember Matt Gaetz? He was engaged in child sex trafficking," Carlson said with a mocking voice.
"We know that Matt Gaetz kind of went after the national security state, repeatedly, and then they told us that he was a child sex trafficker — maybe he is, we don't know," Carlson said.
"But if he is, why hasn't he been charged yet?" Carlson asked. "Anyone wonder that?"
"What is going on here?" he asked.
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Tucker Carlson doubles down on crackpot conspiracy theory FBI was really behind Trump's insurrection
Since supporters of Donald Trump engaged in a violent insurrection on January 6th, conservatives have sought to distance themselves from culpability for the assault on democracy.
They falsely claimed it was actually Antifa, they lied about it being peaceful and some Republicans have even denied that there was an insurrection. And then on Tuesday, Fox News personality Tucker Carlson unleashed a ridiculous conspiracy theory that the FBI was behind the insurrection.
On Wednesday, Carlson's conspiracy theory received a brutal fact-check in The Washington Post.
"The first thing to emphasize is that Carlson's theory is based on a report in Revolver News. The site is run by Darren Beattie, who appeared on Carlson's show shortly after the above monologue. If that name sounds familiar, it's because Beattie is a former Trump White House speechwriter who was fired in 2018 over a past appearance on a panel with a white nationalist, Peter Brimelow, at a conference attended by well-known white nationalists," the newspaper noted. "The second and perhaps most important point is that the basis of Carlson's theory — that the unindicted co-conspirators are either likely or must be government agents — is extremely shaky. Legal experts say the government literally cannot name an undercover agent as an unindicted co-conspirator."
Lisa Kern Griffin of Duke University Law School explained why Carlson's theory was literally impossible.
"Undercover officers and informants can't be 'co-conspirators' for the purposes of establishing an agreement to violate the law, because they are only pretending to agree to do so. … An unindicted co-conspirator has committed the crime of conspiracy, and investigative agents doing their jobs undercover are not committing crimes," she explained.
But Carlson returned to the topic on Friday and while lashing out at all the journalists fact-checking his delusions.
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Tennessee Republicans threaten to defund health department unless they stop teen COVID vaccine outreach
According to Nashville Public Radio, Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are threatening to strip funding from the state health department unless it ends a program of COVID-19 vaccination outreach to teenagers.
"The saber-rattling arises from a state memo explaining how teenagers could legally be vaccinated without parental consent," reported Blake Farmer. "This letter, sent to vaccine providers in May, states that under legal precedent, children 14 and up are usually considered mature enough to make medical decisions for themselves, if necessary. But Republican officials already skeptical of the COVID vaccine saw it as the state trying to go behind the back of parents."
According to the report, Republican lawmakers angrily confronted the state health commissioner, Dr. Lisa Piercey, over vaccination ads showing teenagers, with GOP Rep. Iris Rudder telling her, "It's not your business to target children. It's your business to inform the parent that their child is eligible for the vaccination. So I would encourage you before our next meeting to get things like this off your website."
In most states, parental consent is required for vaccinating children, putting some children at odds with anti-vaccine parents. Some teenagers are rebelling against their parents and trying to get vaccinated behind their backs — something that in most states is very difficult.
Currently, the nationwide effort is still mainly focused on getting adults vaccinated, with President Joe Biden shooting for 70 percent of adults vaccinated by July 4. This goal appears unlikely on a national level, although at least 15 states have achieved the goal so far.
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