‘Democratic Party Icon’ Naomi Wolf Apologizes to Conservatives After Release of January 6 Footage

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: A large group of pro-Trump protesters stand on the East steps
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A “Democratic Party icon” has penned an essay apologizing to conservatives for the reaction of her former “tribe” to the release of footage from the January 6, 2021, incident at the Capitol.

Author Naomi Wolf released a post via her Substack newsletter Thursday titled “Dear Conservatives, I Apologize.” 

“I am sorry the nation was damaged by so much untruth issued by those with whom I identified at the time,” she wrote. 

She went on to note certain inconsistencies between aspects of the footage and the mainstream media narrative about the events of January 6. 

She also analogized Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s decision to air the footage to Daniel Ellsberg’s 1971 leak of documents pertaining to the Vietnam War, commonly known as the Pentagon Papers:

I do not see how Mr. Carlson’s airing of video material of national significance that the current government would prefer to keep hidden, or Fox News’s support for its disclosure to the public, is any different from that famous case of disclosure of inside information of public importance.

You don’t have to agree with Mr. Carlson’s interpretation of the videos to conclude that the Democrats in leadership, for their own part, have cherry-picked, hyped, spun, and in some ways appear to have lied about aspects of January 6, turning a tragedy for the nation into a politicized talking point aimed at discrediting half of our electorate.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Naomi Wolf attends "Pump" New York Screening at Museum of Modern Art on September 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Naomi Wolf attends a screening at the Museum of Modern Art on September 17, 2014, in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

“I am sorry my former ‘tribe’ is angry at a journalist for engaging in — journalism,” she added.

Business Insider noted that while Wolf, “a Democratic Party icon,” has always been perceived as squarely left-of-center — having been identified with the “third-wave” feminist movement and having worked as a presidential campaign adviser to former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore — her more recent activities have put her at odds with the Democratic Party. 

The outlet also noted she has “railed against vaccine passports, mandatory masks, and emergency laws” in response to COVID-era public health measures broadly supported by Democrats. 

In 2021 she posted a video of herself undertaking firearms training, and in response to criticism of the video, argued women should “master self defense via safe handling of a weapon,” positioning herself in stark contrast with the Democratic mainstream on Second Amendment rights. 


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