In a racially charged diatribe Tuesday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Carlson took aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating June 19, 1865, when the last slaves were informed of their freedom.
In attacking McConnell, Carlson also took the opportunity to lob contempt at George Floyd, whose death while in police custody sparked nationwide unrest that lasted all summer. At the time, McConnell said the officers involved “look pretty darn guilty.”
“The Republican leader in the senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, didn’t bother holding hearings on election integrity or mail-in balloting, that might’ve been nice,” Carlson said. “No. Instead McConnell was busy attacking police officers and eulogizing George Floyd. Remember him? Saint George, the convicted violent felon who apparently died of a drug OD, a fentanyl OD in Minneapolis? Big conservative that Mitch McConnell. Defender of America!”
Then, just as he did last summer, Carlson took another shot at Romney for marching with Black Lives Matter protesters.
“Then there’s Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah. He was on the street mouthing BLM slogans on camera. Kind of his Jane Fonda moment.”
That’s when Carlson turned to Juneteenth. The day held special significance last year as civil unrest over racial inequality engulfed much of the country. Carlson claimed that nobody knew about it before last year, and that no one will care going forward, even the Democrats running for senate in Tuesday’s run-off election in Georgia, one of whom, Raphael Warnock, is Black.
“At the same time, two Republican senators who should have known better called for replacing Columbus Day, the day that celebrates the discovery of this country, with something called Juneteenth,” Carlson said. “Not a terrible anniversary or anything, but no one had heard of it just last year, and everyone’s, of course, already forgotten about it. We don’t know what’s gonna happen tonight. We do know that if Democrats win the two elections on the ballot today, they’re not gonna be too concerned about Juneteenth. They never cared about that.”
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