One of the key figures brought up repeatedly by leftist lawmakers and their media accolytes with the QAnon Shaman, a US veteran named Jacob Chansley, who wore horns, face paint, and what appeared to be pelts when he walked through the Capitol building on January 6 following Trump's rally at the Ellipse.
Chansley was said to be a violent insurrectionist, and he was sentenced to 4 years in prison for his trespassing crimes. However, as Carlson showed on Monday night, that depiction of Chansley as a lawbreaking rioter intent on mayhem was far from the truth.
Donald Trump responded to Tucker's scoop: "Congratulations to Tucker Carlson on one of the biggest "scoops" as a reporter in U.S. history. The New Surveillance Footage of the January 6th Events sheds an entirely different light on what actually happened. The Unselect Committee was a giant SCAM, and has now unequivocally been stamped as CRIMINAL FABRICATORS OF THIS MOST IMPORTANT DAY. Pelosi & McConnell failed on security. The Police story is sad and difficult to watch. "Trump" and most others are totally innocent, LET THEM GO FREE, NOW!"
As Carlson explains:
"The footage does not show an insurrection or a riot in progress. Instead, it shows police escorting protesters to the building, including the now infamous QAnon Shaman," Carlson said. Footage of the events unfolding on January 6 was obtained by Carlson from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who turned it over after winning the speakership from Nancy Pelosi, who formed the January 6 Committee in the first place.
"These are the pictures you've seen of January 6," Carlson said as he showed familiar scenes. "They're familiar because they've been playing on a loop on every media outlet in America for the last two years. There's a reason for that."
"But it turns out," he went on, "there's quite a bit of video you haven't seen. And that video tells a very different story about what happened on January 6. More than 40,000 hours or surveillance footage from in and around the Capitol have been withheld from the public.
"And once you see the video, you'll understand why, taken as a whole, the video record does not support the claim that January 6 was an insurrection. In fact, it demolishes that claim. And that's exactly why the Democratic Party and its allies in the media prevented you from seeing it. By controlling the images you were allowed to view from January 6, they controlled how the public understood that they could lie about what happened and you would never know the difference.
"Those lies had a purpose," he said. "They created a pretext for a federal crackdown on opponents of the uniparty in Washington.
"The first thing you notice from viewing the full video record of January 6 is just how many people entered the Capitol building that day. Hundreds and hundreds of people, possibly thousands, over the course of about two hours. The crowd was enormous. A small percentage of them were hooligans, they committed vandalism. You've seen their pictures again. But the overwhelming majority weren't. They were peaceful. They were orderly and meek. These were not insurrectionists they were sightseers footage from inside the Capitol overturns the story you've heard about January 6, protesters queue up in neat little lines. They give each other tours outside the Speaker's office. They take cheerful selfies and they smile. They're not destroying the capital. They obviously revere the Capitol. They're there because they believe the election was stolen from them. They believe in the system.
"Here's the man you've heard referred to as the QAnon Shaman outside the Senate chamber. These are not rioters. These are people who wandered over from a political rally," he said.
"After the rally they walked down Pennsylvania Avenue where organizers had secured a federal permit to hold a legal rally on the grounds of the Capitol. Once at the Capitol building things begin to get chaotic. Capitol police officers fired tear gas into the crowd. A few at the front of the herd broke windows. Someone opened the doors and many hundreds of others just walked in," he said.
"And at the center of it, the single most famous person arrested that day, was a Navy veteran from Arizona called Jacob Chansley," Carlson said.
"Jacob Chansley became the face of January 6, a dangerous conspiracy theorist dressed in outlandish costume who led the violent insurrection to overthrow American democracy. For these crimes, Chansley was sentenced to nearly four years in prison far more time than many violent criminals now receive.
"What did Jacob Chansley do to receive this punishment? To this day, there is dispute over how Chansley got into the Capitol building. But according to our review of the internal surveillance video, it is very clear what happened once he got inside. Virtually every moment of his time inside the Capitol was caught on tape. The tape shows the Capitol Police never stopped Jacob Chansley. They helped him they acted as his tour guides. Here's video of Chansley in the Senate chamber. Capitol Police officers take him to multiple entrances and even try to open locked doors for him. We counted at least nine officers who are within touching distance of unarmed Jacob Chansley not one of them even tried to slow him down," Carlson revealed.
"Chansley understood that Capitol Police were his allies. Video shows him giving thanks for them in a prayer on the floor of the Senate," Carlson said, showing the tape.
"Contrast the reality of what Jacob Chansley did in the Capitol Building on January 6, the indisputable facts recorded on video some of which has never before been seen with the depiction of Jacob Chansley that you've seen in the media for more than two years. He's a terrorist. They said he should be killed," Carlson said, showing clips of pundits claiming Chansley should be killed.
"It makes you wonder who are the violent extremists here," Carlson said. "Not Jacob Chansley. And the video proves that, but you would never have known from the media coverage. Chansley is in a jail cell. He's been there for months. If he was in fact committing such a grave crime, why didn't the officers who were standing right next to him place him under arrest?"
"Until now no one could even prove that even happened, but it did."
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