Tucker Carlson is launching his 10-part documentary series on the Capitol riot of January 6, months in the making this week, and he sat down with The Blaze's Elijah Schaffer, who was at the Capitol on that fateful day.
The series, called Patriot Purge, has been long awaited across the political spectrum in the US, as leftists want to mock it and defame it for not upholding their monolithic version of events, and conservatives would like a glimpse into what happened outside of the echo-sphere of mainstream media punditry.
Speaking from his journalistic experience, Schaffer gave his account of how the events unfolded that day, and the incredibly one-sided aftermath that followed.
"A lot of the footage that is aired on all kinds of different channels was shot by a man called Elijah Schafer," Carlson said, introducing Schaffer. "He was a reporter in the crowd that day, and he's followed the aftermath of that day as well."
"So since you were there, you right up front, at the tip of the spear, as they always say in Washington, it didn't seem long from the perspective of people watch this on TV before this became harnessed by political interests in order to make political points. Did you see that happening?"
"Yeah, I got a call while I was inside of the Capitol," Schaffer said, "documenting, by the way and working my hardest to get the footage out to the public, to show them what was happening. That's my job. Simply put, what is going on the public deserve to know what was happening? Yes. And as I'm getting the footage out, I get a call from the CEO of my company, Blaze Media. And he's telling me they're coming after you already people are alerting the FBI. And what really shocked me is in the process of this, a sitting member of Congress, Representative Eric Swalwell, was already weaponizing the FBI publicly and tagging them and getting my name out there knowing that I'm a federally credentialed reporter, doing my job alongside other left wing outlets, but chose to begin to weaponize the FBI, in the middle of this event against a political adversary."
"A sitting member of Congress is trying to clamp down on the reporting taking place in real time by using the FBI," Carlson said.
"Yeah," Schaffer replied, "he actually did. And realistically speaking, I know that it succeeded because the FBI even shortly after this, started leaking information reporter saying, not even that I knew of or my attorney didn't know. But he started leaking information. Somebody is saying that they were investigating me for wiretapping charges. I didn't know about this, they wouldn't tell us about this. But the FBI was literally leaking information to liberal reporters, but already a sitting member of Congress was boasting about about alerting the FBI saying Oh, here he is. Check him out, knowing for sure that I have a credential in DC to be covering these types of events and had been successfully doing so for the entire year of 2020 was BLM and Antifa."
"It's terrifying," Carlson rejoined. "And you have to ask why. So why were they so intent on shutting down your reporting and the reporting the honest reporting of others. So you happened to be standing very close to a man called Ray Epps, who is a leader of what we're told is a right wing extremist group. He has not been indicted. Based on what you saw, personally, did Ray Epps seem to be encouraging people to break the law that day?"
"100 percent. I did not see any violence occurring. I don't think anybody that was at the frontlines, went with the intent to do anything other than to protest peacefully. There were barriers, but there was one individual who was whispering in people's ears. The very people that instigated the attacks, the ones who pushed the barrier who were being prosecuted for injuring a capital officer, a female who wasn't wearing a helmet, who still has head injuries to this day, I found out. They're all being prosecuted, but the man who instigated it, who was who was starting the violence, for some reason, the FBI is no longer interested in him. And I've spoken to prosecutors, I've spoken to defense attorneys, because obviously that's my footage, I was a key witness. I was there. And it was anybody that I would pick out as a journalist and say, 'That's the man who would be key suspect number one.' For some reason, the federal government says, 'Well, we're just not interested in him.'"
"So we have a lot of tape of reps the night before encouraging people to break the law and to break into the Capitol," Carlson said. "And people clearly think that he's a federal agent, they call him that. But with your own eyes, you saw this same man encouraging people to want to be totally clear. You saw this yourself."
"Yeah, I will say this there was a man on a on a bullhorn or a megaphone and he was yelling to people to 1776 the front gate," Schaffer said. "People were not going along, though people were kind of like, 'oh, man,' they started saying 'you're Antifa!' And they started yelling at him. So people were not going along with acts of violence or encouraging to escalate things. It did not escalate until until, who is now identified as reps began whispering in the ears of certain individuals, which led immediately after to the instigation of violence."
"You're saying this in public, it's on videotape," Carlson said, "and this man has not been indicted. And no one in the Justice Department will explain why and anyone who asked the question is denounced as some sort of conspiracy theorist conspiracy theories are starting to sound like spoiler alerts at this point."
As soon as the Patriot Purge series was announced, mainstream and leftist media outlets began calling it "deranged," trying to discredit the documentary before they'd even seen it.