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Tucker Carlson slammed Republicans for essentially “abandoning” the American people instead of leading amid the last few weeks of protests and riots.
The Fox News host may not have criticized President Donald Trump directly during his monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” but he was clear that “Republican leaders” had not only dropped the ball, but effectively handed it to Democrats.
(Source: Fox News)
“Since the day Donald Trump was inaugurated, the Democratic Party has been helplessly disorganized and totally ineffective as a political party,” Carlson began Friday, highlighting the failed political strategies of Democrats who repeatedly have tried to oust the president.
“These people couldn’t organize your kid’s birthday party, they didn’t make their beds this morning. And yet suddenly out of nowhere, they roared back and took over the country,” he added, contending that they were able to accomplish this feat because “nobody stopped them, there was no opposition to their power grab.”
“The other side surrendered on day one without a fight. The rest of us watched all of this with our jaws hanging open in shock, it was the opposite of what we expected. Millions of people who regularly vote for the Republican Party precisely because they would like someone to protect this country from the crazed ideologues who seek to destroy it,” Carlson said. “But when the moment of crisis came, Republicans ran away.”
The Fox News host pointed to examples of the rioting, looting and violent protests that erupted after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, soon leading to attacks on citizens and America’s history, “those shared experiences that bind us together as a nation, was plundered and completely rewritten by illiterate vandals.”
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He noted that suddenly Americans were being fired, ostracized and vilified “for nothing,” except exercising their free speech, saying or doing something the mob did not approve of. He condemned many on the right who “piled on” to the narrative by blaming America for its past. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called out “three generations of brainwashing” for the current level of anti-American hatred in the country.
“The question that hangs in the air is where are our protectors?” Carlson asked. “They didn’t lift a finger to help the people they had promised they had pledged to protect, their voters and their donors.”
“Congressional Republicans decided to make reining in law enforcement their top legislative priority. They blamed the cops. They didn’t blame the rioters, they blamed the cops,” Carlson said.
“Ordinary Americans came under attack for the color of their skin. Acts of actual racism where people were being hurt for their race, something they can’t control, something they were born with and yet no Republicans rose to defend them,” he added.
“Republicans refused even to defend the principle of equality under the law, the foundation of this country, the most important thing we have. Not defend it. Really, in the end, the only people who gave anything in the revolution were the ones waging it. Our leaders, very much including Republican leaders, shamefully, were focused on meeting their demands,” Carlson said.
He argued that the takeaway message from it all “could not be clearer.”
“Voting is for fools. You vote, you put these people into office with their votes, and in return they patronize you and when it matters, they abandon you. They have contempt for you, you know they do, you can smell it, it’s obvious. Voting doesn’t work,” he said. “But when you riot and you burn things and you hurt people, you get a very different response.”
In a stinging reality check, Carlson suggested a scenario where “violent mobs of Mitt Romney supporters” would have rioted and torn down statues in 2011. He told viewers to imagine if anyone wearing an Obama hat was assaulted or if “anyone who spoke out against the mobs or showed support for Obama’s campaign was censored or deplatformed.”
“How do you think Barack Obama would have responded?” Carlson asked. “By tweeting angry things? By effectively apologizing to the mob, meeting their demands for ‘reform,’ and then declaring a new national holiday at their request? Probably not,” Carlson noted.
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“It’s hard to imagine Barack Obama doing that, it’s hard to imagine him complaining that as President of the United States he didn’t have the power to stop political violence or preserve the integrity of an election or protect free speech or public art or the nation’s history itself,” he continued.
“No, that would not happen. Instead, within about 10 minutes you would see the Obama Justice Department indict every single person involved on federal conspiracy and civil rights charges,” Carlson said.
“Say what you will about Barack Obama, and we do, but he never doubted he had the constitutional authority to act and he did act. Obama knew a threat when he saw one,” the Fox News host contended.
“Our Republican leaders don’t believe they have the authority, they don’t believe they’re legitimate, they don’t see the threat, they don’t want to see the threat because they know they can’t face the mob, they know they’re too weak, and so they offer trinkets and hope the mob will go away, but it won’t, mobs can’t be sated,” Carlson concluded. “We thought Republicans understood that, that’s why we supported them, but crisis has revealed the truth. Now we know who they are. It could not be clearer, and now it’s time to find new leaders.”
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