World Tucker Scoffs at D.C. Cop Scarred by Capitol Riot From Safety of His Studio
Florida Man Becomes First to Go to Prison For Capitol Riot
A Florida man who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 and took a selfie inside the Senate chamber while donning a Trump campaign flag and protective eye goggles is the first insurrectionist to get prison time for his crime. Paul Hodgkins, a 38-year-old Tampa resident, was sentenced to 8 months in prison in prison on Monday after previously pleading guilty to a single felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding. D.C. District Judge Randolph Moss also sentenced Hodgkins to 24 months of supervision after detention, on top of the already agreed-upon $2,000 in restitution and a promise to cooperate with federal prosecutors in their ongoing investigation into the riot.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson took his overt downplaying of the Capitol insurrection to a new low on Tuesday night, literally laughing at an officer who had described the vicious beating he suffered that day and the psychological trauma that followed in congressional testimony.
Carlson, who has routinely dismissed the violence that occurred during the deadly riot astook aim at the and the three Capitol police officers who at Tuesday’s hearing before the Jan. 6 House Select Committee.
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An attorney for Jacob Chansley, the self-described "QAnon shaman" who was photographed shirtless with face paint inside the Senate dais during the Capitol riot, said a plea deal is "earnestly" being discussed for his client. Chansley, 33, who has been diagnosed with multiple mental illnesses, was arrested Jan. 9, just three days after the Capitol riot. He was charged with civil disorder, entering and remaining in a restricted building, obstruction of an official proceeding, and other offenses.
After accusing Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn——of lying when claiming that officer Brian Sicknick died from injuries sustained at the insurrection, Carlson also blasted Sgt. Aquilino Gonell—an Iraq War veteran—for saying he “was more afraid” during the riots than his entire Iraq deployment.
“When they lie and they don’t stop lying, when they compare it to the Civil War or 9/11, they make us all very cynical and make us suspect that they are lying all the time,” he sneered. “Because actually what happened on January 6, according to video, did not look a lot like Iraq. It’s not Fallujah.”
Carlson went on to insist that the mob trying to prevent President Joe Biden’s election from being certified was nothing more than protesters having “casual conversations” in the Capitol, mockingly adding for the Capitol police “this was very much like 9/11.”
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"He's entitled to his opinion, but I will tell you this. My cops, every one of them, deserves to have their story told," J. Thomas Manger said.J. Thomas Manger was formally chosen to serve as the next chief of the U.S. Capitol Police on Thursday. He is succeeding Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman, who took on the role following the resignation of former Chief Steven Sund in the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Turning his attention to Fanone, the Fox News star first took issue with the officer’s calls for an investigation of lawmakers who may have cooperated with insurrectionists.
“OK, so you’re looking for the real threat from January 6 that happened after the fact?” Carlson exclaimed. “It’s statements like that, it’s claims like that, it’s changes in policies like that, it’s the deep politicization of law enforcement that has become normal after January 6, and that just proves that right there.”
recently, Carlson dismissed Fanone expressing his political beliefs and opinions, asserting police officers “are responsible for enforcing the law” and “don’t make the law.” (Carlson, however, apparently doesn’t have a problem with certain cops getting into politics, as he’s given former Detriot Police Chief James Craig .)
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The recording is barely discernible, but amid the clangs and scratches it’s possible to make out a few male voices singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Despite its poor quality, it’s become an object of veneration on the far-right: a recording of imprisoned Capitol riot suspects singing the national anthem. “This breaks my heart,” tweeted Amy Kremer, the leader of Women for America First and a key organizer of the Jan. 6 Trump rally at the Washington Monument that preceded the U.S. Capitol riot.
At this point, Carlson suggested Fanone—who suffered a heart attack after he was brutally beaten by rioters—was exaggerating the emotional and physical toll the experience had on him.
“You just heard him call for some sort of ideological inquisition into people he doesn’t agree with in Washington, and that is unacceptable and that should make you very nervous,” Carlson huffed. “Watch Fanone cite the psychological trauma he endured as an excuse for ditching our Bill of Rights.”
After playing a video clip of Fanone saying he’s “been left with psychological trauma and emotional anxiety after having survived such a horrific event,” Carlson reacted with a smirk and snicker.
“Not to in any way underplay the crimes were committed on January 6, and there were crimes committed on January 6, but compared to what?” Carlson continued. “What is interesting is Michael Fanone didn’t mention experiencing any trauma during the time he spent last year on the D.C. police force. It was just last summer that rioters in Washington torched the oldest Episcopal church in the city just steps from the White House. Dozens of police officers were injured that day.”
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The $2.1 billion bill would also provide funds to bolster the security of the Capitol's windows and doors, six months after the Jan. 6 insurrection. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) shakes hands with DC Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone after he and other officers testified before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on July 27, 2021. Democrats and Republicans were able to find common ground this week on the $2.1 billion bill as they looked to support Capitol law enforcement and translators who assisted U.S.
Moments later, despite the fact that over a hundred law enforcement officials were injured during the Capitol riots and five people died, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume agreed with Carlson’s assessment that the insurrection wasn’t all that bad.
“If this were covered, Tucker, the way the riots of last summer were covered, it would be described as mostly peaceful,” Hume declared. “See, I think to a great extent it was peaceful.”
Carlson himself spoke of Fanone’s PTSD from the safety of his studio. He has often made his own supposed victimhood the subject of his show in the past,to
In fact, just this past week, a Fox News spokesperson reacted to a video of a man upbraiding Carlson in a Montana shop: “Ambushing Tucker Carlson while he is in a store with his family is totally inexcusable—no public figure should be accosted regardless of their political persuasion or beliefs simply due to the intolerance of another point of view.”
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"Tucker Carlson Tonight" will be airing from the Hungarian capital as the Fox News host also plans to attend a far-right conference during his stay. The event is called MCC Feszt, and lists Carlson as a speaker for a segment titled "The World According to Tucker Carlson.""We're in Budapest all this week for Tucker Carlson Tonight and a documentary for Tucker Carlson Originals," Carlson tweeted on Monday night. "Don't miss our first show here starting tonight at 8pm ET on #FoxNews."We’re in Budapest all this week for Tucker Carlson Tonight and a documentary for Tucker Carlson Originals.