In a statement on Monday, former President Donald Trump applauded Fox News host Tucker Carlson for presenting an alternate narrative of the January 6 Capitol protest on his Fox News show and called for the release of January 6 protestors who are still imprisoned, claiming that they are being treated unfairly.
President Trump praised Fox News host Tucker Carlson for obtaining over 40,000 hours of January 6 Capitol protest surveillance footage, which Tucker received thanks to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) granting him access. Trump said Tucker had received one of the nation’s “biggest” news “scoops.”
“Congratulations to Tucker Carlson on one of the biggest “scoops” as a reporter in U.S. history,” Trump said. “The New Surveillance Footage of the January 6th Events sheds an entirely different light on what actually happened. The Unselect Committee was a giant scam and has now unequivocally been stamped as criminal fabricators of this most important day.”
I am not sure I can ever forget or forgive what the Democrats, especially Joe Biden & Nancy Pelosi have done & are doing to this Nation!
‘Trump Innocent’: Trump Praises Tucker Carlson for Challenging Insurrection Narrative With Jan. 6 Footage https://t.co/2klC80llZU
— Daniel F. Baranowski (@DFBHarvard) March 7, 2023
President Trump maintained that the footage aired on Carlson’s show proved that the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol was a “scam.” He further blamed former Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for failing to provide adequate security before the riot.
Carlson also aired some of the surveillance footage showing the movements of various individuals who entered the building, including Jacob Chansley, also known as the “QAnon Shaman.” Carlson said that while some people committed vandalism and were “hooligans,” others who entered the building were respectful. One portion of the footage showed Chansley walking unobstructed near police in the Capitol building.
In addition to praising Tucker Carlson, Trump also praised Speaker McCarthy for granting Carlson access to the more than 40,000 hours of January 6 surveillance footage taken from inside the Capitol.
“A whole new and completely opposite picture has now been indelibly painted. The Unselect Committee lied and should be prosecuted for their actions. Nancy & Mitch were a disaster on security. Thank you, Kevin and Tucker. FREE AT LAST!!!” he said.