In a monologue on his Fox News show Monday night, Tucker Carlson defended believers of the crazy QAnon conspiracy theory, whose followers have been linked to multiple violent events, including the riot at the Capitol, slamming journalists who view QAnon as dangerous and politicians who attempt to eliminate it from the government.
Carlson began his monologue by slamming Democratic Representative Stephanie Murphy of Florida for introducing a bill that would bar QAnon believers and other conspiracy theorists from obtaining federal security clearances. In his continuing attempt to normalize a cult that believes Donald Trump is going to save the world from a cabal of baby-killing blood-drinking Democrats with the help of John F. Kennedy, Jr., Carlson claimed Murphy’s bill was “hypocritical” because Democrats had pushed “ludicrous conspiracy theories” of their own, including one that “Vladimir Putin secretly controlled the federal government,” an apparent dig at Democrats’ support for the Russia investigation.
Carlson then displayed his usual juvenile behavior, taunting journalists who treat QAnon as a “real threat,” instead of issues such as “Chinese hegemony” or “elite mismanagement of the economy,” playing back clips of cable news channels reporting the harmful effects of the conspiracy theory.
“Ooooh . . . Mr. Tom Friedman thinks this is all very frightening,” Carlson said, mocking the New York Times journalist who told CNN in an interview he was worried about the threat QAnon posed to the country.
Tucker Carlson defends Qanon pic.twitter.com/knIh32J39S
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) January 26, 2021
Carlson claimed politicians and journalists were toying with a fine “line” between “democracy and tyranny” by attempting to control people’s thinking as they denounce QAnon.
“Government has every right to tell you what to do,” he said, “but no democratic government can ever tell you what to think,” he unironically told his audience.
Anyway, despite what Tucker Carlson suggested, QAnon has been linked to multiple violent incidents (including the Capitol storming), been embraced by other far-right groups, & has been warned about by multiple government agencies. https://t.co/72tR2hxYeMhttps://t.co/5QbdlDhDZg
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) January 26, 2021
Trump and his allies frequently promoted QAnon before a mob that included believers in the conspiracy theory who stormed the Capitol on January 6. Before he was banned from Twitter, Trump retweeted QAnon influencers hundreds of times. The former president never disavowed QAnon outright—despite being pressed to do so multiple times—and once lauded its followers during a press conference in August, saying, “I heard that these are people that love our country.”