“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” – 1984
Fox News propagandist Tucker Carlson scorched his audience with solar-level gaslighting on Thursday night in an Orwellian rant about the January 6th siege on the United States Capitol.
Carlson, the spray-tanned heir to a candy fortune, pounded viewers with an armada of right-wing gobbledegook:
We are opposed to political violence. We hate mobs, no matter who they claim to represent. Period. But that’s not all we’re against. We’re also against lying, political propaganda is its own form of violence. It destroys people’s minds. In the end, it enslaves them. You can judge for yourself what happened last Wednesday in Washington. Rarely has an event been filmed from more angles than that was.
Granted, which is why there is as much legitimate debate over what happened on January 6th as on 9-11, most of which was broadcast on live television for the world to witness:
You know what that was, and you also know what it wasn’t. It was not an act of racism. It was not an insurrection. It wasn’t an armed invasion by a brigade of dangerous white supremacists. It wasn’t. Those are lies.
It was, in fact, all of those things, and it was goaded by President Donald Trump and his army of dunces.
Carlson’s rationalizations were, well, stupid:
Why are they demanding that you believe those lies? You should wonder about that. When your doctor claims that your broken arm is stage four pancreatic cancer, you need a second opinion. When he demands that you get chemotherapy, you need to run away, because something very dark is going on. And, indeed, something dark is going on right now.
He argued that armed brigades of bigots storming their seat of government is commonplace, which it is not, at least in this century or in the United States:
What happened last week in Washington was not new or unusual, in fact, it was sadly familiar. The riot you saw was the perfect illustration of why we should oppose all mob action always. Left uncontrolled, mobs boil over. Violence erupts, people get killed. That is inevitable. That’s what always happens. It has happened many times before. Not just over the past year, but over the previous years, and its previous centuries, in fact, all through human history. That’s the way mobs are. Wise leaders know that, that’s why they don’t encourage mobs. Let’s hope that everyone in Washington has learned that lesson.
Trump was impeached for inciting an insurrection, in part for saying hours before the incursion: “If you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore,” as well as instructing his screaming hoards to “get wild.”
Come again, Tuck?
But of course they haven’t learned it, and they’re trying to use this moment to increase their own power. So they’re lying about what you saw. They’re calling it a ‘precisely orchestrated coup attempt.’ They’re telling you that the ‘Chewbacca Guy’ you saw on video, the guy with the painted face and the Viking hat, was actually the leader of some super-secret Spetznaz commando unit here to overthrow our government.
Carlson tried to minimize the man’s role in the attack, but the now-indicted saboteur, whose name is Jacob Chansley, has admitted that he was there at Trump’s explicit direction:
‘Yes, ladies and gentleman, the man in the coonskin cap may look like he took a wrong turn at a Packers game and wound up on the floor of the House of Representatives, but don’t be deceived – this man is a mastermind in the ways of espionage. The Chewbacca Guy was in fact the tip of the insurrection spear. Hide the children, marshal the federal troops.’
The projection continued:
How absurd and insulting all of this is. Worst of all it’s untrue. It’s a lie. And yet it’s working, and that’s why they’re saying it. They’re using what happened last week to justify the most sweeping crackdown on civil liberties and free speech in the history of this country. Are you surprised they’re doing that?
Carlson never specifies who “they” are, nor does he offer any evidence to support his claims.
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.