As we continue to reflect on the events of January 6th of last year, the narrative surrounding the event is being wrestled back and forth between the Republicans and Democrats, with their surrogates in the media jumping into the fray as well.
For the most part, the GOP has attempted to downplay the severity of the incident, likening it to everything from a constitutionally-protected protest to a “tour” of the Capitol.
Just yesterday, however, Texas Senator Ted Cruz took a step in the other direction, and labeled the siege a “terrorist attack”.
The notion had Fox News’ Tucker Carlson incensed.
“We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week,” Cruz said in a Senate Rules Committee hearing. “And it is an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol, where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage, incredible bravery, risk their lives for the Capitol.”Trending:
Those comments did not sit well with Carlson, who has led the charge in downplaying the Jan. 6 riots while suggesting the Capitol attack is a “false flag” orchestrated by federal agents in an effort to “purge” conservative Americans.
Carlson was peeved.
“What are they busy doing? Repeating the talking points that Merrick Garland wrote for them,” he seethed before airing a clip of Cruz decrying the Jan. 6 attack.
“Now let’s be honest,” Carlson proclaimed. “Everyone who’s conservative appreciates Ted Cruz. You may not like him. But you’ve gotta appreciate him. He’s legitimately smart. He’s one of the more articulate people to serve in Congress, maybe the most articulate.”
Claiming Cruz “doesn’t use a single word by accident,” Carlson noted that Cruz is a “lawyer” and “every word” the senator says is “used intentionally.” He then mocked the notion that anyone could rationally think it’s an insurrection when a seditious mob violently storms the seat of government to overthrow an election.
“He described Jan. 6 as a violent terrorist attack. Of all the things Jan. 6 was, it was definitely not a violent terrorist attack. It wasn’t an insurrection,” Carlson exclaimed. “Was it a riot? Sure. It was not a violent terrorist attack. Sorry! So why are you telling us it was, Ted Cruz?”
Cruz was also blasted on Twitter, with a vast number of conservative users suggesting that “someone got to” Ted Cruz.