Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has taken considerable heat in recent weeks over his documentary Patriot Purge, in which he provides an in-depth look at the Jan. 6 Capitol unrest, and shocking news emerged this week that one of his own children was actually present in the building on that fateful day, according to The Hill.
As part of a conversation released this week with The Fourth Watch Podcast and its host Steve Krakauer, Carlson talked at some length about his controversial film, and he was asked which facets of the D.C. protests caused him to say, “We need to give a different look at this.”
In response, Carlson declared, “Well, I hated what happened on Jan. 6, you know one of my kids was actually in the building when it had happened – I was on the phone in real time.”
The popular Fox News stalwart did not specify to Kraukauer which of his kids was present at the time of the upheaval, but it has been widely assumed that he was referring to son Buckley Carlson, who works as communications director to Republican Indiana Congressman Jim Banks.
Though mainstream media outlets and Democrat lawmakers alike have attempted to paint the events of that day as a violent uprising of epic proportions, Carlson maintains that “anyone who calls Jan. 6 an insurrection is a liar at this point.”
Carlson explained further that what happened at the Capitol was far from desirable, noting, “I’m from Washington. I hate disorder. I hate breaking windows above all else. I just don’t like when people break windows or litter,” but that “if people covering January 6 had been willing to just roughly tell the truth…but not use it as a partisan instrument to suspend civil liberties, I kinda would’ve just let it lie.”
One would assume that his own son’s proximity to the chaos on that infamous day might prompt Carlson to take a more critical eye toward those involved, but he remains firm in his contention that the protests have been blatantly manipulated and misrepresented to further a political agenda.
“Almost a year in, there’s not one data point of evidence that it was a planned insurrection, which is to say, an effort to overthrow the U.S. government,” Carlson told Krakauer, despite the near-constant drumbeat to the contrary from Democrats as well as Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger (IL) and Liz Cheney (WY).
Though Carlson’s documentary and his stated skepticism about “official” Jan. 6 narratives have provoked significant blowback even among colleagues his own network, this interview serves as further evidence of his unwavering commitment to seeking the truth of that day, no matter the potential fallout.