For Tucker Carlson, the real lesson of the chaos at the nation’s Capitol is the one most likely to be ignored.
The bizarre images of Americans storming their seat of government — on a day traditionally given over to merely certifying the people’s will as expressed through the ballot box — are being used already by Democrats and the establishment media to discredit widespread doubts about the 2020 vote.
But as Carlson reminded the country in his Fox News monologue on Wednesday, the outrage didn’t happen in a vacuum — and it isn’t likely to go away anytime soon.
“The only reason this country is rich and successful is because for hundreds of years, we’ve enjoyed a stable political system,” Carlson said. “And the only reason that system is stable is because it’s a democracy. It responds to voters.”
For millions of voters after the 2020 election, the faith in that response is shaken.
“Millions of Americans sincerely believe the last election was fake,” Carlson said.
“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. Rather than trying to change their minds to convince them and reassure them that the system is real, that the democracy works, as you would do if you cared about the country or the people who live here, our new leaders will try to silence them.”
Check out Carlson’s monologue in the Twitter post below. As usual with Carlson, the whole thing is worth watching, but the key points start at about the 3:30 mark.
“What happened today will be used by the people taking power to justify stripping you of the rights you were born with as an American” —Tucker Carlson. pic.twitter.com/GwSog3Vzz2
— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) January 7, 2021