Tucker Carlson attacks Black officer who says he was called the N-word during the Capitol riot
Fox News host Tucker Carlson called a Black police officer who mentioned he was called the N-word whereas defending the Capitol on Jan. 6 an “angry, left-wing political activist” on Wednesday.
In April, Capitol police Officer Harry Dunn advised “The ReidOut” host Joy Reid that Black officers fought a “different” battle than everyone else as they endured each bodily trauma and racist slurs whereas heading off supporters of former President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol.
Dunn is amongst the first individuals set to testify on July 27 earlier than a brand new House committee created to research the Capitol riot. Ahead of Dunn’s testimony, Carlson verbally attacked the officer’s impartiality as a witness, citing previous social media posts that concerned Democratic lawmakers.
“Dunn will pretend to speak for the country’s law enforcement community, but it turns out Dunn has very little in common with your average cop,” Carlson mentioned on his present. “Dunn is an angry, left-wing political activist.”
Backlash on social media was swift.
“Forever grateful to officers like Harry Dunn,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., tweeted on Wednesday. “He put his body between lawmakers and an armed mob.”
Dunn’s attorneys additionally responded, posting a lenghty assertion on Twitter.
“Tonight Fox News allowed its host Tucker Carlson, who has not served a day in uniform, whether military or law enforcement, to criticize the heroism and service of African-American U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn,” David H. Laufman and Mark S. Zaid mentioned in the assertion.
“Our client has served 13 years in law enforcement and on January 6, 2021, fought against an insurrectionist violent crowd — no doubt many of them Carlson’s supporters — to protect the lives of our elected officials, including Vice President Pence,” they mentioned.
The attorneys added Dunn would “lay down his life to protect a Member of Congress, regardless of being a Republican or Democrat,” and would proceed to testify subsequent Tuesday.
Dunn and different Capitol officers have all aggressively lobbied for a bipartisan fee to research the Jan. 6 riot, however laws to type the panel fell in need of the 60 votes wanted to maneuver ahead.
More than 500 individuals have been criminally charged six months after the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol to cease Congress from formally accepting the Electoral College votes that delivered November’s election to President Joe Biden. The riot left 5 individuals useless, together with Capitol police Officer Brian Sicknick.
Fox News didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Thursday.