Tucker mocks DC cop's claim of suffering from PTSD — even though he was beaten and knocked unconscious
Fox News host Tucker Carlson began his show with more conspiracies around the coronavirus, but after ten minutes of rambling, he began talking about Tuesday's major news: The first hearing of the Capitol riot House Select Committee.
Even though Carlson in the past has promoted himself as very pro-police, he nonetheless viciously trashed the Capitol Police officers who testified at the start of the hearing.
First was Officer Harry Dunn, who began the proceedings asking for a moment of silence for his fellow officer Brian Sicknick. Dunn said that Sicknick died as a result of what he experienced that day, something Carlson disputes.
Sicknick, who served in the New Jersey Air National Guard before joining the Capitol police in 2008, experienced a stroke in conjunction with the Capitol attack.
Sicknick wasn't out of shape and his family hasn't indicated he had high blood pressure or there was ever a fear of a stroke.
But according to Carlson, Sicknick's stroke probably had nothing to do with what he experienced that day, even though his brother, Ken Sicknick, said that he collapsed in the Capitol before being revived with CPR.
Shortly after that, officials say, Sicknick developed a blood clot that would lead to the stroke that would kill him.
Carlson then attacked Officer Brian Fanone, implying that he was lying about his PTSD. Fanone testified that he had trauma from the Capitol incident. According to Carlson, Fanone should have experienced trauma during the Black Lives Matter protests the year previously.
The Fox News host went on to claim that the attack at the Capitol wasn't all that bad compared to Black Lives Matter, but he didn't show a video of the attackers breaking through the doors, beating police officers, squeezing cops in doors, or spraying chemicals.
Instead, he showed a clip of them milling about on the lower floor of the building in a clear attempt to downplay the seriousness of the attack.
Finally, Carlson claimed that he wants to see a hearing about the Black Lives Matter riots, which he said resulted in no arrests. It's another factually inaccurate claim. Two protesters were arrested for setting Wendy's on fire in Atlanta during the protests over Rayshard Brooks, for example, and a report from last year said that over 10,000 Black Lives Matter protesters were arrested that summer.
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Florida GOP lawmaker rants about 'full blown Communism' in unhinged reaction to federal worker vax mandate
On Tuesday, in response to reports that President Joe Biden will mandate all federal workers either get vaccinated for COVID-19 or submit to regular testing, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) released an unhinged statement claiming that the president is a Communist.
"Chairman Joe Biden has gone full communist as his Administration plans on forcing federal employees to get vaccinated against their will," said Donalds. "I never thought I would live to see the day when the so-called leader of the Free World would put political power over personal freedom in this latest anti-American and tyrannical infringement of government power."
GOP Rep. Byron Donalds says Biden has “gone full communist” in his reported plan to mandate vaccinations for federa… https://t.co/awrQMLhUJf— Andrew Solender (@Andrew Solender) 1627432172.0
Donalds, a freshman member of Congress, gained national attention when he attacked the Congressional Black Caucus for refusing him membership — a decision made in part because of his vote to overturn the presidential election.
GOP lawmaker who compared MAGA rioters to 'tourists' cornered by Dem Jamie Raskin in 'wild exchange'
Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA), who infamously compared MAGA rioters to "tourists" strolling the Capitol building, got into what CNN reporter Annie Grayer described as a "wild exchange" on Tuesday with Rep. Jamie Raskin (R-VA).
During a rules committee hearing, Raskin asked Clyde if he still stood by his comparison of the MAGA rioters to tourists.
Clyde replied: "I stand by that exact statement as I said it."
Clyde's defiance on the comparison came after four Capitol Police officers gave emotional testimony about the physical and psychological abuse they suffered at the hands of Trump supporters on January 6th.
According to Grayer, Raskin kept pushing Clyde on his incendiary remarks and he pressed him on Capitol police taking offense with a pro-MAGA meme that depicted Trump supporters as peaceful tourists during the Capitol riots.
"I''m not responsible for an internet meme, okay?" Clyde replied. "You want to make this another January 6 hearing, but it's not."
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