Tucker Carlson canonizes Kyle Rittenhouse the patron saint of right-wing violence

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During an hour-long sit-down on his Fox News program Monday night, Tucker Carlson decried the deadly actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen who brought an AR-15 rifle to a Black Lives Matter protest and killed two unarmed men – The young man is portrayed as a brave American hero, an innocent victim and a “lovable child.”

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“He’s not particularly political,” said Rittenhouse’s Carlson, who was acquitted last week of reckless manslaughter in the murder of 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and intentional manslaughter in the death of 26-year-old Anthony Huber, as well as three more charges. . The August 2020 protest action led to the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white Kenosha, Wis., police officer. The divisive test proved to be a lightning rod for already heated questions around the threat of vigilance, the definition of self-defense and gun control.

“He never wanted to be the epitome of anything,” Carlson declared in his opening monologue on Monday’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, calling Rittenhouse “bright, decent, honest, dutiful and hard-working”. before placing as – exactly the kind of person you want more in your country.” The host recited the words on a Chiron, which read, “Everything we heard about Rittenhouse was a lie. ,” and in Carlson’s view, “completely and deliberately dishonest media coverage,” the daring action of a brave young man. “He wanted to stop violent lunatics from setting cars on fire. Grown up, which was considered virtuous. ”

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The interview was a sickening display of just how far we have fallen as a nation – media like Carlson brimming with mad patriotism to combat chaos, and rightfully embrace deadly violence as they once did with conservative values. was adopted.

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A thug Rittenhouse, now 18, showed no emotion as he methodically told Carlson how he had shot the two men—though he failed to mention carefully enough that he killed them—and crippled a third. “I agree with the BLM movement,” he told Carlson, reassuring and even smiling at times, relived the bloody sequence of events. “I agree that everyone has a right to protest and to assemble, but I do not agree that people have a right to burn… American cities try to spread their message. I believe That there are other ways to do this.”

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No, Rittenhouse’s method was provocative, as prosecutors argued in their trial, bringing a military-grade rifle to a protest and then claiming “self-defense.”

The “rioters” – as the protesters were called throughout the interview – came after Rittenhouse, he and Carlson claimed repeatedly. Rittenhouse was “assaulted” without provocation, an innocent victim of circumstance, a 17-year-old child who was there trying to help. He was there to provide medical aid. Or was he there to guard a car lot? Never mind, he’s a hero. Who has time for details?

Rittenhouse explained that Rosenbaum came up to him and said, “‘If I catch any of you mother-alone, I’m going to kill you.”

“So you’ve never seen this guy, and he walks up and threatens to kill you out of nowhere?” Carlson asked.

“Yes,” Rittenhouse replied. “It was quite shocking. Why would someone threaten to kill me? I was just asking if people needed help from both sides. I was just there to help anyone who needed it. Surprisingly, the only people I helped that night were rioters.

Carlson also cited Rittenhouse to deny the allegations that he was a white supremacist who was drawn to his opposing beliefs. Yet “Tucker Carlson Tonight” – which featured footage of protests working in favor of Rittenhouse – somehow failed to produce the widely circulated picture of Rittenhouse at once with the two Proud Boys, “Free as F -” Having a “white power” hand gesture wearing a shirt and flashing what appeared to be.

Instead, the show spent most of the hour repeating the same victim/protagonist/blameless child line. Rittenhouse revealed an enormous amount of entitlement—and some similar pride displayed on his face during the trial—recalling how bad the first round of lawyers for his case was. It was not in his best interest, he maintained, but rather using them to advance his own cause. Carlson shook his head.

And then more Hi-Is-Kyle. He described the prison as a horrible place, a “one-star hotel” – yet he had his own room with an iPad, a desk, a phone. He spent 87 days in prison awaiting trial. That’s a lot of time, Carlson remarked.

“It is,” said Rittenhouse. “I lost a lot of weight there. I’ve gained it back since then.”

“I know the feeling!” Carlson made fun of him, and both men laughed.

Carlson summed up the exchange for his audience before proceeding with the chat for this boy’s bright future: “Imagine that kid being thrown in prison becomes the only people living in Kenosha town that night. was one of them.Eight Because he was trying to help the system out of chaos. He was trying to protect rather than destroy. ,

The madness of Carlson’s angry, hate-filled universe created another news Monday when two Fox News contributors dropped a documentary that described the January 6 uprising as a “false flag” operation conducted by President Biden. had gone. Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes said the misinformation in the “Patriot Purge” documentary was “dangerous”, namely the conspiracy theory that Biden is “an ideological purge and conspiracy to persecute conservatives”.

A documentary about Rittenhouse, due out next month, from America’s most widely viewed right-wing ideologue, woven from material shot by a film crew embedded with Rittenhouse throughout the trial — Rittenhouse’s defense attorney Despite K’s saying that he “didn’t approve” the production.

And Fox should never have taken this softball interview for granted, either, where a vigilante was coddled by a madman, and humanity was left to the ratings.

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