Former President Donald Trump reacted to new and unseen footage from the Capitol protests on Jan. 6, 2021, released by Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Carlson received the footage from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) wrote McCarthy a letter accusing him of “endangering” law enforcement by giving Carlson the footage.
On Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson showed footage of people who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6 peacefully roaming the hallways with police officers. Jacob Chansley, the “QAnon Shaman,” was seen walking through the Capitol with police escorting him.
🚨BREAKING: Never before seen video of January 6 shows Jacob Chansley, the QAnon Shaman, being led through the Capitol by police the entire time that he was in the building. pic.twitter.com/rikoRMWezF
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 7, 2023
Carlson said that the events of Jan. 6 were “peaceful,” while denouncing the phrase “deadly insurrection.”
“Everything about that phrase is a lie. Very little about Jan. 6 was organized or violent. Surveillance video from inside the Capitol shows mostly peaceful chaos,” he said.
The footage also touched on the timing and cause of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s death. Carlson said the footage shows Sicknick alive after being allegedly killed by protesters at the Capitol. In 2021, D.C. Medical Examiner’s office concluded that Sicknick’s death was due to natural causes.
Trump celebrated the release of the footage, calling it one of the biggest “scoops” in U.S. history, and demanded the release of imprisoned Jan. 6 protesters.
“Congratulations to Tucker Carlson on one of the biggest “scoops” as a reporter in U.S. history. The New Surveillance Footage of the January 6th Events sheds an entirely different light on what actually happened,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.
“The Unselect Committee was a giant SCAM, and has now unequivocally been stamped as CRIMINAL FABRICATORS OF THIS MOST IMPORTANT DAY. Pelosi & McConnell failed on security. The Police story is sad and difficult to watch. Trump and most others are totally innocent, LET THEM GO FREE, NOW!” he added.
The former president also thanked McCarthy for releasing the footage to Carlson.
“A whole new, and completely opposite, picture has now been indelibly painted. The Unselect Committee LIED, and should be prosecuted for their actions. Nancy & Mitch were a disaster on Security. Thank you Kevin and Tucker. FREE AT LAST!!!” he said.
Over 150 people went to prison due to their connection with the Jan. 6 protests. The former Jan. 6 Committee repeatedly lied to the American people.