Fox News host Tucker Carlson is one of the most culturally and politically astute cable news hosts on the air.
His monologues are always keen, well-researched, and visionary, and the one he delivered Wednesday evening ahead of the Republican National Convention’s kick-off later in the hour was no different.
Speaking on the deadly violence in Kenosha from the previous evening, when 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly shot and killed two rioters and wounded a third as he was under attack himself, Carlson cast the blame squarely on Democrats who run the city and the state who “stook back and watched” it burn.
“The chaos that began with the first George Floyd protests on Memorial Day has reached its inevitable and bloody conclusion,” Carlson began, referencing the shootings and going on to show clips of the rioting, burning, and violence there following the police shooting of Jacob Blake – a shooting that is looking more and more justified since Blake told investigators he had a knife on the floorboard of his SUV.
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As to Rittenhouse’s alleged actions – he’s been charged with first-degree murder – Carlson noted that time will tell whether he was justified in what he did.
“So what does that amount to? We’re unsure, a court will decide whether what you just saw qualifies as self-defense. We don’t have more details. We do know why it all happened, though. Kenosha has devolved into anarchy because the authorities in charge of the city abandoned it,” Carlson said.
“People in charge from the governor of Wisconsin on down refused to enforce the law. They stood back and watched Kenosha burn. So are we really surprised this looting and arson accelerated to murder? How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?” he added.
“Everyone can see what was happening in Kenosha. It was getting crazier by the hour… ‘Kill the police, death to America.’ That’s not Iran, it’s Wisconsin. It could have been a dozen other places in the country. The violence has been building unabated for three months now. Every day the mob becomes more radical,” he said after playing another clip from Kenosha.
“Our leaders want us to believe this is all a racial conflict, they’re always telling us it is. But they’re lying. It is not a racial conflict. At its deepest level, the chaos they have unleashed has very little to do with race. Most Americans are not bigots. Unlike CNN, they’re not fixated on skin color, they don’t really care, most of them,” he said.
“What you watch is more sinister than that. What you are watching is an effort by the academic, left funded by big business, to crush the last remaining resistance to their control of the country, and that resistance is an independent American middle class. That’s who they really hate,” Carlson concluded. “This is not a race war. This is a class war.”
The usual suspects on the unhinged Left accused Carlson of ‘defending a murderer,’ but of course, he never did any such thing.
Rather, he merely highlighted the uncomfortable truth that Democrats are letting our cities burn and now even 17-year-olds feel compelled to step up and defend them.