Senate Republicans Condemn Tucker Carlson Portrayal of Jan. 6. Attack

House Republicans are facing a new Jan. 6 headache, thanks to Fox News host Tucker Carlson. 

The Capitol Police chief and Republican senators slammed the Fox News host for falsely characterizing the violent riot, using footage Speaker Kevin McCarthy provided him.

McCarthy decided to release thousands of hours of security footage from the day of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection to Fox News. It began airing this week. 

It reopened painful wounds that his party has tried to mend. 

Carlson used security footage to argue on his Monday night show that the violence on Jan. 6 was “mostly peaceful chaos.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans pushed back on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s characterization of the deadly Capitol riot.

Two years after the violent assault on the Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters, with most of its members no longer openly parroting the former president’s false claims that Joe Biden’s win was illegitimate, the GOP is still stuck reliving Jan. 6.

Carlson mocked the criticism he received from congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle during the second night of his prime-time show focusing on the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.

McConnell in a press conference earlier Tuesday said he wanted to associate himself “with the opinion of the chief of the Capitol police about what happened on Jan. 6,” referring to Police Chief J. Thomas Manger, who said that Carlson’s Monday night show was filled with “offensive and misleading conclusions about the Jan. 6 attack.”

The family of Brian Sicknick, the Capitol police officer who died the day after the January 6 attack on Congress, also condemned Tucker Carlson and Fox News for the false characterization of the insurrection. 

In a statement, the Sicknick family said it was outraged at the ongoing attack on their family, and called Fox News “unscrupulous and outright sleazy.” 

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