Republican Adam Kinzinger blames Tucker Carlson for ‘abusing’ viewer trust
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, condemned Fox News host Tucker Carlson and lambasted the Murdoch family behind the right-wing cable network for “taking it” at the expense of American democracy.
Carlson, who is no stranger to controversy, released a trailer last week for an upcoming special titled Purge of the Patriots which claims to tell the “real story behind” the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol led by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Kinzinger, a fiercely anti-Trump Republican, and a number of others were quick to slam Carlson when he shared the trailer, as it promotes the conspiracy theory that the insurgency was a “false flag” operation . In a Twitter post early Saturday morning, Kinzinger again targeted Carlson and Fox News.
“The Murdoch family and @foxnews take advantage of American democracy. @TuckerCarlson talks about a very difficult game, but we all know he couldn’t hack it there. Abusing his viewers’ trust for more ‘money. Pure EVIL, “the GOP congressman tweeted.
Rupert Murdoch, an Australian-American billionaire, is the chairman of Fox Corporation.
Kinzinger retweeted a video of CNN’s Jim Acosta criticizing Carlson’s new special, which is scheduled to begin airing on Fox Nation on Monday. In the clip, Acosta said that “we have already seen what [Carlson’s] all hate rhetoric can do in America, ”highlighting multiple incidents of white supremacist violence in recent years.
In a previous Twitter post on Thursday, Kinzinger took aim at Fox News and Carlson after the host shared the trailer Wednesday night.
“Everyone who works for @FoxNews needs to speak up. It’s disgusting. It looks like @foxnews isn’t even faking it anymore,” the Republican wrote in this article.
Representative Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming who is also fiercely opposed to Trump, also criticized Carlson and Fox News.
“It looks like @FoxNews is giving @TuckerCarlson a platform to spread the same type of lies that sparked the violence on January 6. As @FoxNews knows, the election was not stolen and on January 6 n was not a “false flag” operation, “Cheney tweeted Thursday.
Even Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera, who described Trump as a friend but lambasted the former president for the January 6 violence, took issue with Carlson’s new special.
“‘False flags !?’ Bullsh **, “Rivera tweeted, sharing Kinzinger’s criticism of Carlson.
The Fox News host’s trailer shows scenes of the January 6 violence while claiming that there is now “a conspiracy against the people.” One commentator on the clip claims that there is now a “national war on terror”, while another suggests that the attack on Capitol Hill may have been a “false flag” operation. At the time of writing, the video posted by Carlson had been viewed nearly 3 million times on Twitter.
Many Trump supporters and promoters of the QAnon conspiracy theory have suggested that the assault on Capitol Hill was a “false flag” operation orchestrated by the so-called “deep state”. The QAnon conspiracy baselessly claims that Trump is attacking a group of Satan-worshiping Democrats and societal elites who work to control the world while molesting and sacrificing children.
Carlson responded to criticism on his Thursday night show by targeting Cheney directly.
“Keep in mind that Liz Cheney hasn’t even seen the movie she’s so angry about, just the trailer,” the Fox News host said.
He continued, claiming that “what we found at the end was nothing like the story [of January 6] that you have heard many times from Liz Cheney and [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi, along with their many obedient media spokespersons. They were lying. “
Although he faces routine reactions, Carlson remains one of cable TV’s most popular personalities. The Fox News host’s program was the highest-rated show on cable during the third quarter of this year, averaging over 3.2 million viewers. It’s one of the most watched – or most watched – cable news shows for several years.
Cheney and Kinzinger were among 10 House Republicans to vote with Democrats to impeach Trump after the Jan.6 attack. Both GOP lawmakers have since been constant criticism of the former president and his fellow Republicans who continue to support him. They also sit on the House select committee investigating the events of that day after being appointed by Pelosi, a Californian Democrat.
News week contacted Fox News for comment but did not immediately receive a response.