Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson opened his Tuesday program with a scathing attack on Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) for her antics on the House Democrats’ January 6 Committee and for signs she was showing an interest in running for higher office, as she was recently in Manchester, NH.
For that, Carlson called the Wyoming congresswoman “delusional.”
Transcript as follows:
CARLSON: If you live in Manchester, New Hampshire, first of all, congratulations. It is a really nice place, but second we thought we’d give you an explanation for what you may have just seen.
So if you live there and last month you thought you saw Liz Cheney wandering around downtown Manchester, no, you were not hallucinating. Liz Cheney was there, and that’s pretty weird if you think about it, not a lot of people go to Manchester, New Hampshire in November, so it probably wasn’t a family vacation nor is it likely that Liz Cheney went up there by accident, Manchester is an eight-hour drive from her home in the D.C. suburbs.
And more to the point, it is also eight hours from these CNN studios in downtown Washington that she inhabits more often than most of us go to church, and much more reverently.
Manchester is also — not that it matters to her — more than 2,000 miles from Wyoming. That’s the state that she supposedly represents in the U.S. Congress.
So the question is, what was Liz Cheney doing in Manchester, New Hampshire? And of course there is only one conceivable answer, Liz Cheney plans to run for President of the United States.
Now, if that sounds demented, yes, because it is, but it is also real.
Now, you may be wondering if Liz Cheney were to run for President, what exactly would she run on? She doesn’t like Trump, OK, but what would her platform be?
We know the answer to that because Liz Cheney only cares about one thing and only ever has, and that is starting pointless wars in far-away countries. The more pointless the war, the farther away, the better it is.
Droning peasants makes Liz Cheney feel powerful. It’s been the great cause of her life, but you’ve got to ask do a lot of voters agree with her on that? Is there a massive national constituency for more Iraqi invasions?
We’ve seen the polling on that. In a word, no. There is not a massive national constituency for Liz Cheney’s foreign policy views, just the opposite, in fact.
People who live outside of D.C. do not support more pointless wars that do nothing for the United States or its core interests. They are not eager to send their kids to die for Eastern Ukraine and the reason they’re not is because they’ve already done it. They’ve fought a lot of wars like this because Liz Cheney told them to and they’ve had enough.
Yet apparently, Liz Cheney is the last person who doesn’t know this. She has literally no idea she believes she has a shot at the Republican nomination for President, and she believes that fervently enough to fly to Manchester, New Hampshire in the middle of November.
So what can we conclude from this behavior? Not looking at what she says, but what she is doing and the only answer is Liz Cheney is delusional. She is living on another planet and on that planet with her is the Republican Party’s fading leadership class, the people who stopped assessing reality or having new thoughts of any kind right around 2003. That’s the era in which they are frozen in amber and those people are sending Liz Cheney a ton of money, huge amounts of money, because they want her to run for President.
Cheney has raised millions of dollars, just this year in part from Political Action Committees run by Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell, and needless to say Lindsey Graham. Apparently, all of these geniuses think that Liz Cheney has a good shot of being President.
So Liz Cheney is this cycle’s Jeb Bush who by the way has also given her money because, of course he has.
Now you should know that none of these people, and they are the very same people who feel perfectly empowered to lecture you about what’s conservative and what’s not, not one of these people has said a single word about Liz Cheney’s performance on the House of Representatives January 6 Commission. That Commission is now in the process of trying to hunt down and destroy anyone to the right of Adam Kinzinger, who himself is on the Committee and we should tell you, still bursting into tears quite a bit.
The January 6 Committee has become the American version of a Soviet show trial. Ooh, overstating it, you think? Well, watch it for yourself on C- SPAN. Come to your own conclusions.
We’ll tell you this. The January 6 Committee has somehow awarded itself the power to seize the personal communications of its political enemies and then make them public. The argument is really simple, turn over your text messages or we’re going to send you to jail.
Let’s not lie about this. The point of this exercise is not to uncover crimes. The January 6 Committee hasn’t found any crimes and at this point will not find any crimes.
The point is to harm and humiliate the people you disagree with politically and that’s what they’re doing.
So yesterday, in case you missed it, Liz Cheney found herself with a list of text messages to and from Mark Meadows. Meadows was Donald Trump’s last White House Chief of Staff.
Now those texts showed no evidence of any crime whatsoever, but since she had them, Liz Cheney thought they might be embarrassing to conservatives so she read them on television.
Some of those texts it turns out were from anchors here at FOX News and Liz Cheney took special delight in reading those.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
REP. LIZ CHENEY (R-WY): According to the records, multiple FOX News hosts knew the President needed to act immediately. They texted Mr. Meadows and he has turned over those texts.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CARLSON: Notice the faux seriousness, according to the record. Now, before we get into details of what is in those texts, just step back for a second and consider what we just saw.
We now live in a country where none of your private communications are safe from the eyes of power drunk politicians like Liz Cheney. Liz Cheney can harness the awesome power of the National Security State to seize your personal text messages and then read them into the congressional record and guess what, there’s nothing you can do about it, Mr. Citizen. We don’t care.
So your texts, effectively your daily diary, now belong to Liz Cheney. And the question all of us no matter who we voted for have to ask ourselves is, do we really want to live in a country like that? Well probably, we don’t. Privacy isn’t just a nice thing to have, it’s not an ancillary concern. Privacy is morally essential.
Privacy is a prerequisite for freedom. You can’t have liberty without privacy, and that, needless to say is the whole point of the spectacle to let you know that we don’t have freedom anymore and Liz Cheney is really in charge.
But what’s extra amazing about what Liz Cheney just did, and this is the reason you know this is a show trial purely political and totally disconnected from reality much less law, is that the text message that she read yesterday were exculpatory. They didn’t make her case. They undercut her case.
So three FOX anchors sent messages to Mark Meadows and none of them cheered what was happening at the Capitol on January 6. In fact, they were upset by it, even in private when they assumed no one was listening.
And that shouldn’t surprise you. These are principled people. What they say in public is not that far from what they say over text message.
If you get a text from Brian Kilmeade, it sounds pretty much identical to Brian Kilmeade on “FOX and Friends.” These are not phonies, we can personally confirm that, whether you like them or not, they’re real.
So FOX anchors on TV and in private opposed the BLM riots in the summer of 2020. FOX anchors opposed the riot on Capitol Hill in January of 2021. It turns out that FOX anchors oppose riots, all riots, no matter who is rioting and we’re the only news anchors in the United States of America who do this.
The other channels wait to see who the rioters voted for and then they respond accordingly, as you may have noticed.
So the texts that Liz Cheney read aloud yesterday were a tribute to the people who wrote them, but because she is a liar, Liz Cheney attempted to twist these texts into proof of some kind of conspiracy, part of the insurrection storyline, which by the way is getting very old.
If January 6 was an insurrection, and we will believe anything, where is the evidence of that? Has Liz Cheney shown that a single prominent Republican in the United States of America plotted to overthrow the government of the United States? Well, no, she hasn’t. Not one.
As with the prosecution of Kyle Rittenhouse, Liz Cheney is proving the defendant’s case, inadvertently, and of course she is lying, they all are, the entire January 6 Committee is lying and they’re not even lying very artfully.
Repeatedly in just the last few days, nearly a year after it happened, the record is settled. We know the facts, Democrats have continued to claim contrary to the facts that many people were killed at the Capitol on January 6.
Sandy Cortez who has some kind of power in American society wrote that — and we’re quoting — ” … 138 were injured, almost 10 dead” in what she called the terror attack on the Capitol.
Meanwhile, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts told America that the insurrection quote, ” … brought great trauma, injury, and loss of life.” Really great loss of life. Who are all of these dead people? Can you be a lot more specific, Ayanna Pressley? AOC? January 6 Committee?
No, they can’t, because they’re lying. Only one person was intentionally killed on January 6. Who was that? Well, she was a Trump supporter. She was called Ashli Babbitt and she was shot in the chest without warning by one of Liz Cheney’s bodyguards. Those are the facts, which they are lying about.
So how can you trust a Congressional Committee that tells lies this obvious? Well, you can’t. And yet, the White House has endorsed all of this. Joe Biden himself claims on the basis of no evidence whatsoever that January 6 was an outbreak of white supremacy/
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JOE BIDEN (D), PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We’re confronting the stains of what remains, the deep stain in the soul of the nation — hate and white supremacy.
The violent deadly insurrection on the Capitol nine months ago was about white supremacy in my view.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CARLSON: That’s just ugly race politics. By the way, that was in October when we know all the facts. There was no racial angle to January 6. What was January 6? Well, there was destruction of property which we are totally opposed to, but what motivated it? Why were all those people there?
Well, for the most part, a year later, it is very clear, January 6 was essentially what it appeared to be. Thousands of ordinary American citizens — voters — people who believe in our democracy far more fervently than Liz Cheney ever has, came to Washington because they sincerely believed democracy had been thwarted. They believed the presidential election was unfair and they have a right to believe that and by the way, in many ways, they were correct.
The presidential election was unfair and you don’t have to get into anything about voting machines to believe that.
Consider the facts that we know. As Election Day approach, Verizon, T- Mobile and AT&T shut down the Trump’s Campaign’s ability to send text messages and then Google — this has never even been reported, but it is widely known. Google prevented the Trump Campaign from raising money over Gmail.
There is no precedent for that. The Trump Re-Election Campaign lost millions in donation. That was the whole point of it.
So the most powerful companies on Planet Earth heavily regulated by the government, benefiting from government contracts, swung behind Joe Biden and tried to stop Donald Trump, the sitting President in his tracks. Is that fair? Is that the democracy that Liz Cheney is always lecturing you about?
Honestly, what’s the answer? These are legitimate questions.
Instead of answering them, Cheney has pushed to throw protesters in jail. OK, if someone broke the law, punish that person. That applies to BLM activists as much as it does to QAnon people. We’re for enforcing the law, fairly, equitably. But we also think that as you do that, if a mass of people show up angry at the Capitol, you should at least pause for a second if you believe in democracy and ask, what are they angry about? Maybe we should address their concerns.
But Liz Cheney won’t, and those aren’t the only questions that she won’t answer. Here are a few other questions she won’t answer. Who is this person dressed in black who we were told dropped pipe bombs all over Capitol Hill the night before, on January 5? You’re seeing surveillance video of that person right now.
You’ll notice that this person, this mad bomber, is on his cell phone. Well, that’s interesting, because according to criminal indictments that we have seen, the Feds have used cell phone geolocation to arrest dozens of people who were present on January 6, but not this person. They haven’t found this person, they haven’t even identified this person. They’ve stopped talking about this person. Why is that, Liz Cheney?
And while we’re at it, here is another question. What exactly was the role of Ray Epps in the chaos of January 6? We asked because Rey Epps is on video on both January 5 and January 6 encouraging people to enter the Capitol Building, which is to say to break Federal law, and as he says this in this video, you’ll notice people in the crowd immediately identify him as a quote “Fed.” Watch.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
RAY EPPS, QUEEN CREEK RESIDENT: We need to go in [bleep] to the Capitol.
CROWD: Let’s go.
EPPS: I’m going to put it out there, I’m probably going to go jail for it, OK? Tomorrow, we need to get into the Capitol. Into the Capitol.
CROWD: No. Fed. Fed. Fed. Fed. Fed.
EPPS: OK, folks. Spread the word. As soon as the President starts speaking, we go to the Capitol. The Capitol is this direction.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CARLSON: Well that’s an amazing pair of videos. Look, we’re not prosecutors, but by the standards of January 6, if you take a look at what people are spending a year in jail for, that looks like a crime.
Ray Epps encouraging others to breach the Capitol, and yet as far as we know, Ray Epps has not been prosecuted or even charged. I mean, maybe he has. Tell us if you know differently, Liz Cheney.
But if he hasn’t, how come? Did Ray Epps have any contact with Federal law enforcement agencies before the Capitol was stormed on January 6?
Liz Cheney has called us quote “unpatriotic” for asking that question, but it’s not an unpatriotic question. It’s a legitimate, very straightforward question and American citizens have a right to know the answer, but Liz Cheney won’t answer it. Why?
We asked her to come on tonight and explain. She refused, of course, because she is a coward, most neocons are. But until Liz Cheney answers that basic question, there is no reason to play along with her charade. There is certainly no reason that any American citizen should even consider surrendering personal text messages to her or the January 6 Committee.
If they’re going to lie to us and hide essential information from the public, there is no reason to participate, no matter what they say.
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