Fox Hosts Downplay Capitol Riot That Killed 5, Calling It “Symbolic”
Five people, including U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick, are dead in the wake of domestic terrorists storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Workers are still cleaning up broken glass, cigarette butts, feces, confederate and Trump flags from Members’ and Senators’ offices and repairing damage throughout the Capitol complex caused by the rioters who attempted to overturn the presidential election results.
The mayhem was incited by Republican senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, stoked by Donald Trump and amplified on Fox News. Yet Friday morning, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was ordering flags at the Capitol to be flown at half staff in honor of Sicknick, Fox News hosts were doing their best to downplay the carnage on Capitol Hill.
Pete Hegseth, who takes every opportunity to remind viewers that he’s a military veteran and serves in the National Guard, was nakedly apologetic about the violent crowd that occupied and ransacked the Capitol. Apparently he’s A-OK with the off duty police officers and members of the military who were part of the mob and flashed their official badges to U.S. Capitol Police, who were attempting to defend the building, to gain easier entrance.
“That morning, when I was reporting for Fox & Friends on the ground, I said a couple of times, you know, this feels like constitutional tinderbox,” Hegseth said. “But it wasn’t because Donald Trump gave a speech and then told people to do something in the Capitol. Ultimately, to a man and to a woman, I talk to a lot of them yesterday… they said this is a culmination of a feeling I have where my country has been taken over by the left, my voice is being censored and silenced, I’m being cancelled, my institutions are being fundamentally changed by the left, socialists want to takeover and transform our country.
“The images didn’t shock me,” he said, “because if you understand how people feel about the moment we’re in right now, we feel like we’re at a crossroads.
“People weren’t going in [the Capitol] to target individuals, to kill somebody,” he said. “They were going in there symbolically. Yesterday’s incident was at the Capitol, the people’s House, and what I saw as a result of it was photos of people sitting in Nancy Pelosi’s chair, sitting in the House chamber.”
Meanwhile, host Ainsley Earhardt advocated for the “heartbroken” and “confused” supporters of Trump who are disappointed he didn’t win reelection. She made no mention, of course, about the heartbreak the family of the police officer who died, as a direct result of the violence her employer enabled, must be feeling today.
Ainsley Earhardt thinks it's important to emphasize 75 million people who voted for Trump, and how scared, worried and heartbroken they are instead of accurately describing insurrectionists as criminal thugs, who terrorized us all and broke into our house. pic.twitter.com/ZqQWDeaERN
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) January 8, 2021