During his Monday night show, Tucker Carlson compared the media’s treatment of Derek Chauvin to a lynching.
When the video of Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck emerged, even the most hardcore right-wing media members found it hard to defend him. Even Donald Trump said last June, ” He (Floyd) was in tremendous pain obviously. And couldn’t breathe. It was very obvious to anybody that watched it. It was a very, very sad thing for me to see that.”
But last night, Carlson stepped in to defend Chauvin. He began by telling viewers:
“Closing arguments in Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial just concluded in the state of Minnesota. Now, Americans have heard quite a bit about George Floyd over the last year, and formed their own opinions, but most still cannot say with any specificity just how he died, and that’s, of course, the essence of the whole story, how he died. So, the closing arguments are a chance to assess actual evidence in the case, and you would think that would be good news — more facts, which we could always use.”
The Fox host continued, “But, no, said the media. Facts no longer matter, not when BLM’s founding myth is at stake. Evidence only counts in countries that have due process, something they are now telling us is an ugly relic of institutional racism.”
Carlson closed his comments, “When unpopular people seem guilty, you just go ahead and punish them, that’s the new rule. Years ago we called this lynching, now we call it equity.”
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