A group of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. The only thing that could eclipse that horror is what may be coming next from the left.
Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson warned in his monologue Wednesday night that America’s most “basic and ancient freedoms” may now be imperiled, Breitbart reported. Although he condemned the violence that left five dead, Carlson predicted the incident would “be used by the people taking power to justify stripping you of the rights were born with as an American.”
The host opened his monologue by recounting the death of “Ashli Babbitt, the woman who was shot and killed in the chaos.” Although facts are still emerging, it appeared that Babbit — who was unarmed — was gunned down by a Capitol police officer in the scuffle. “It’s not enough to call it a tragedy,” he said before describing the heartache her parents would be dealing with following the death of their daughter in this manner.
“Political violence begets political violence. That is an iron law,” Carlson went on. “We have to be against that, no matter who commits the violence or under what pretext, no matter how many self-interested demagogues assure us the violence is justified or necessary. We have a duty to oppose all of this, not simply because political violence kills other people’s children, but because in the end, it doesn’t work.”
Carlson denounced the attacks but explained the mindset that led up to the violence. “Millions of Americans sincerely believe the last election was fake. You can dismiss them as crazy. You can call them conspiracy theorists. You can kick them off Twitter. But that won’t change their minds,” Carlson said. He blamed their disenfranchisement in the 2020 presidential election, which many people believe was stolen through fraud and unprecedented mail-in balloting, for creating instability.
“If people begin to believe that their democracy is fraudulent, if they conclude that voting is a charade, that the system is rigged and it’s run in secret by a small group of powerful dishonest people who are acting in their own interests, then God knows what could happen,” Carlson said. “Actually, we do know what could happen. It’s happening right now. It’s happened in countless other countries over countless centuries, and the cycle is always the same because human nature never changes.”
Besides the danger of getting into a vicious cycle of violence, the attack on the Capitol could be “used by the people taking power to justify stripping you of the rights were born with as an American,” Carlson warned. “Your right to speak without being censored, your right to assemble, to not be spied upon, to make a living, to defend your family, most critically,” he continued. “These are the most basic and ancient freedoms that we have. They are why we live here in the first place. They’re why we are proud to be Americans. They are what make us different, and they are all now in peril.”
While it’s still too soon to know what the extent of the fallout will be, Carlson is right to warn about the attack on freedom that will likely follow.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have both used the incident for another race-baiting power play. With a Democratic Congress and presidential administration, there will be no stopping them from codifying whatever punishment they seek to inflict on the right.