While an array of pundits on the right pounced on the nearly two dozen Republicans who stood against electing California Rep. Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House to open the 118th Congress, Fox News host Tucker Carlson not only saw the positive but proposed a path to consensus through absolute transparency pertaining to January 6.
“First, release the January 6 files–not some of the January 6 files and video,” Carlson proposed, “all of it.”
(Video: Fox News)
Through three consecutive votes on the floor of the House, McCarthy failed to obtain the needed majority to be elected speaker, falling short as 20 members of the caucus refused to budge with regard to the advancement of the next “deserving” leader in the establishment queue line. Much negative press had been given to these holdouts by Tuesday evening, but Carlson didn’t agree.
“Now, the fact that this race has not been settled by now is being described, especially online by many, as embarrassing,” the host said, “and it is embarrassing if you prefer the Soviet-style consensus of the Democratic Party’s internal elections, where votes are merely a formality and all the really big decisions, the meaningful ones, are made years in advance by donors.”
“Oh, of course, everyone’s on board,” Carlson snarked. “That’s what they do.”
“But if you prefer democracy to oligarchy, if you prefer real debates about issues that actually matter, it’s pretty refreshing to see it,” he went on. “Yes, it’s a little chaotic, but this is what it’s supposed to be.”
Referring to McCarthy as “ideologically agnostic” and “perfectly suited” to run a closely divided House, the leading voice in primetime cable news proposed “If Kevin McCarthy wants to be speaker, he is going to have to do things he would never do otherwise.”
“Like what?” Carlson asked rhetorically. “We can think of at least two things.”
“First, release the January 6 files–not some of the January 6 files and video–all of it. And not just some phony committee that will hide them, that in fact is designed to hide them from the public, but put them online,” he argued. “Release them to the public directly so the rest of us can finally know what actually happened on January 6, 2021. It’s been two years. It’s long overdue. It’s our right as Americans to know, and McCarthy could tell us.”
It was then he suggested a second olive branch involving Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and the 1975 investigation into the CIA, NSA, FBI and IRS led by then-Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho) following Watergate.
“Second, Kevin McCarthy could put Thomas Massie of Kentucky in charge of a new Frank Church committee designed to discover what the FBI and the intel agencies have been doing to control domestic policies in this country,” Carlson said, alluding to, among other things, the findings of the “Twitter Files” that have shown collusion between federal agencies and Big Tech on matters of censorship and suppression.
“They’ve been doing a lot but no one in Washington wants to talk about it. This topic is effectively off-limits and has been. In fact, no one’s talked about it for almost 50 years. And so because no one has talked about it or stopped it, the rot has spread and democracy has withered. You can feel it. The FBI is now a bigger force in American elections than any single group of voters,” he suggested.
“This cannot continue. It is poison, and Kevin McCarthy is uniquely situated right now to stop it. So, by striking a deal with his 20 colleagues, McCarthy could restore our system to health and at the very same time get the job he has always wanted. It’s not so complicated,” Carlson concluded. “Let’s hope he does it.”
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