Carlson, the prime time star who was given exclusive access to Jan. 6 security footage by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), has cherrypicked the videos to claim the pro-Trump rioters were basically just “sightseers” and not violent insurrectionists intent on overturning President Joe Biden’s victory.
But Carlson’s view hasn’t caught on in the halls of Congress, where even GOP lawmakers condemned his claims, or elsewhere on Fox News.
Trump Jr. linked to a Mediaite report saying Carlson’s report is “being quietly buried by the network.”
Trump Jr. asked:
Despite his links to Carlson’s attempt at gaslighting, Trump Jr. recognized what was happening as events unfolded on Jan. 6.
“He’s got to condemn this shit ASAP. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough,” he texted to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to messages obtained by the House Jan. 6 committee.
Meadows replied that he was “pushing” then-President Trump to do so.
“We need an Oval Office address,” Trump Jr. replied. “He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.”
Critics of the ex-president’s son fired back at his tweet by noting that Fox News is already being sued for $1.6 billion over its other false claims related to the 2020 election and its aftermath.
Some also pointed to newly revealed messages that show Carlson declared he hates the ex-president “passionately.”