White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre strongly disagreed with Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tuesday over coverage of newly-released video from the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building.
Carlson aired a video of the riot Monday night that showed Capitol Police officers escorting one protestor, the “QAnon shaman” through the building halls and Republican Sen. John Hawley of Missouri being escorted with other members of Congress from the Capitol, claiming the January 6 Committee selectively edited it to target Hawley.
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“Anybody who watched that video would strongly disagree,” Jean-Pierre said about the footage Carlson showed viewers. “Anybody who watched that video with their own eyes in a real way, and saw what happened on that day would disagree with what was just stated.”
“The president has been very clear: Jan. 6 was the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War,” Jean-Pierre continued.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California provided Carlson access to over 41,000 hours of video footage of the Capitol riot, Axios reported. Previous reports indicated that the amount of footage was 14,000 hours.
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Jean-Pierre’s comments come after Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York demanded that Fox News stop Carlson from airing any more video of the riot.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a primetime cable news anchor manipulate his viewers the way Mr. Carlson did last night,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other Senate Republicans on Tuesday lashed out at Tucker Carlson for saying the Capitol riot was “mostly peaceful chaos.”
At a GOP leadership press conference, McConnell said he wanted to associate himself with the letter sent to the U.S. Capitol Police force by Chief Thomas Manger, who denounced Carlson for spreading “offensive and misleading conclusions” about the Jan. 6 insurrection, including a “disturbing accusation” that Officer Brian Sicknick’s death had nothing to do with the riot.
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“I want to associate myself entirely with the opinion of the chief and the Capitol Police about what happened on January 6,” McConnell said as he held up a copy of the letter. “It was a mistake, in my view, for Fox News to depict this in a way that’s completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol thinks.”
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