There’s a word for those who laugh at the trauma of others.
It’s “sadist,” and it’s the perfect description of Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who proved that the term totally applies to his twisted worldview with his discussion of the testimony from Washington D.C Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone during the House select committee hearings on the January 6th insurrection yesterday.
Fanone’s moving and harrowing description of his experiences that day riveted audiences as he told the tale of the assault he endured from the raging, Trump-supporting insurrectionists and the toll it had taken on both his body and his psyche.
Fanone: "I was aware enough to recognize I was at risk of being stripped of and killed with my own firearm. I was electrocuted again and again and again with a taser. I'm sure I was screaming, but I don't think I could even hear my own voice." pic.twitter.com/2qgmASp6n1
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 27, 2021
Naturally, with such compelling testimony from Fanone and the other officers who defended the Capitol and our legislators during the violent assault, Tucker Carlson had to denigrate everything that the brave officers said.
After Iraq War veteran Sgt. Aquilino Gonell testified that he “was more afraid” during the riots than his entire Iraq deployment,” Carlson came up with this gem in response:
“When they lie and they don’t stop lying, when they compare it to the Civil War or 9/11, they make us all very cynical and make us suspect that they are lying all the time,” he sneeringly declared. “Because actually what happened on January 6, according to video, did not look a lot like Iraq. It’s not Fallujah.”
Not that Carlson — who never served a day in the military — would have a clue as to what Fallujah was really like.
He nevertheless is certain that the testimony from someone who actually suffered through both the insurrection riots and the full-blown war in Iraq is fabricated.
Going on to spread the latest GOP lie that the deadly riots were nothing more than a bunch of tourists visiting the nation’s capital, Carlson described the insurrection as protesters engaging in “casual conversations” in an inventive new euphemism.
He then targeted Officer Fanone and his calls to investigate the GOP politicians who may have aided and abetted the rabid crowd of extremely violent insurrectionists.
“OK, so you’re looking for the real threat from January 6 that happened after the fact?” Carlson questioned. “It’s statements like that, it’s claims like that, it’s changes in policies like that, it’s the deep politicization of law enforcement that has become normal after January 6, and that just proves that right there.”
He then went on to diminish Fanone’s pain and suffering which included the numerous taser hits he endured at the hands of his vicious attackers and the heart attack he suffered after his near-death experience.
“You just heard him call for some sort of ideological inquisition into people he doesn’t agree with in Washington, and that is unacceptable and that should make you very nervous,” Carlson huffed. “Watch Fanone cite the psychological trauma he endured as an excuse for ditching our Bill of Rights.”
After playing the video clip of Fanone stating that he’s “been left with psychological trauma and emotional anxiety after having survived such a horrific event,” Carlson snickered as he proceeded to mock the brave police officer who has been through such a horrible experience.
“Not to in any way underplay the crimes were committed on January 6, and there were crimes committed on January 6, but compared to what?” Carlson continued. “What is interesting is Michael Fanone didn’t mention experiencing any trauma during the time he spent last year on the D.C. police force. It was just last summer that rioters in Washington torched the oldest Episcopal church in the city just steps from the White House. Dozens of police officers were injured that day.”
Following a statement like “not to in any way underplay the crimes were committed on January 6” with “but” means that Carlson is totally underplaying the nature of the violence that fateful day.
It’s no wonder that Carlson is now being accused of being a sadist.
It’s no wonder that that man in Montana felt compelled to tell Carlson that he was “the worst human known to man.”
You can watch Tucker Carlson exhibit the proof of the validity of that statement in the video clip below.
Watch Tucker Carlson literally laugh at DC cop Michael Fanone saying he's "been left with psychological trauma and emotional anxiety" from the Capitol riots.
Fanone was nearly beaten to death and suffered a heart attack!
This is truly sociopathic behavior here. pic.twitter.com/VA2QN3Rk5T
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 28, 2021
Original reporting by Justin Baragona at The Daily Beast.
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