A thread of tweets posted by podcaster and historian Daryl Cooper on Thursday caught the attention of Tucker Carlson, who dug into the ideas on his Friday night broadcast.
Carlson calls the thread "a remarkable series of tweets," in which Cooper "tried to explain why so many Trump voters think the last election was rigged." Carlson read through much of the thread live on air.
The thread, which was liked and shared by thousands of Twitter users, runs to 35 tweets, and could have been an op-ed in its own right. He begins by saying "I think I've had discussions w/enough Boomer-tier Trump supporters who believe the 2020 election was fraudulent to extract a general theory about their perspective. It is also the perspective of most of the people at the Capitol on 1/6, and probably even Trump himself."
Carlson read several of the tweets, which in many ways gets to the bottom of why Trump voters simply do not believe what they are told by politicians, and definitely don't believe what they are told via media.
Tracking through the timeline of events that got the US to the place where a large percentage of the country doesn't believe that the 2020 general presidential election was legitimate begins, in many way, with media.
As soon as Trump was elected, media began fabricating stories in order to hurt Trump, to discredit him and his administration, and to besmirch the reputation of anyone who supported his efforts. These media manipulations continued through dozens of hoax stories, cancel stories, and collusion allegations.
Media upheld these as factual, and then set about discrediting any contradictory stories. Mainstream media adopted their political bias as fact. Trump voters, Cooper explained in his thread, watched it happen. And when they were lied to, told that what they were seeing with their own eyes was false, and that what media told them was true, they refused to be gaslit.
Then came the 2020 election, where every odd coincidence and peculiarity, from changes in how people vote, accommodation to pandemic fears, voting machine discrepancies, mail-in ballot fiascos and miscounts, along with media collusion to hide negative stories about the Biden family, made it hard to believe that lies weren't being cranked out like cheap sausages. And their concerns were not fairly addressed, in large part due to intimidation tactics by the left, and their media cohorts.
Cooper explains that Trump voters "are absolutely right that their government is monopolized by a Regime that believes they are beneath representation, and will observe no limits to keep them getting it."
"That is true," Carlson said, "and every honest person knows it."