Carlson’s rebuke of Powell marked a notable departure for a show – and a network – that has given hours of credulous coverage to false claims by Trump and his associates that fraud cost him the election. It came after Fox News aired a rambling news conference on Thursday featuring Powell and Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, making numerous false and far-fetched allegations about the election.
The segment also put Carlson at odds with other Fox News hosts like Jesse Watters, who on his Thursday show described Powell and Giuliani’s news conference as “a big shot of adrenaline”.
Powell, who didn’t respond to a message from The Washington Post, pushed back on Carlson in a statement to the Washington Examiner, saying that she would “encourage him and all journalists to review all the materials we have provided so far and conduct their own investigations”.
On his Thursday show, Carlson didn’t discount the larger claims of Trump’s attorneys that massive fraud disrupted the election – an allegation that has been repeatedly dismissed in court and for which the White House has presented no public evidence.
While conceding that Giuliani “did not conclusively prove” any fraud at Thursday’s new conference, Carlson argued that “he did raise legitimate questions and in some cases, he pointed to what appeared to be real wrongdoing”. And he praised Giuliani and Powell for calling into question the security of electronic voting.
But Carlson said that Powell had gone too far without proof in claiming that Trump “had won by a landslide,” and that a conspiracy masterminded by electronic voting firms had changed the results. Her statements on those subjects have been repeatedly disproved, The Washington Post‘s Fact Checker reported on Thursday.
“What Powell was describing would amount to the single greatest crime in American history,” Carlson said.
Carlson emphasised that he “did not dismiss any” of Powell’s claims, and said he “took Sidney Powell seriously with no intention of fighting with her”. But he said he was disturbed that she didn’t produce any evidence for his show.
“We simply wanted to see the details. How could you not want to see them?” he said.
Carlson ended the segment by defending his decision to call Powell out.
“Why are we telling you this?” he said. “We’re telling you this because it’s true, and in the end, that’s all that matters.”
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Only one day after calling for the arrest and removal of President Trump, former ESPN talker Keith Olbermann is now calling for the arrest of Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Olbermann took to Twitter to rail at Carlson’s discussions about the 2020 election results.
The former ESPN anchor jumped to Twitter to accuse Carlson of calling for Trump voters to engage in violence after he assumed that Carlson noted that it is the right side of the political aisle that owns most of the guns in the nation.
Olbermann reacted to someone else’s tweet that claimed, “Tucker is now telling his audience that Trump’s supporters own 6–70% of the guns and they could take to the streets blood ‘would flow.’”
To that, Olbermann said, “Again, this is an overt and unmistakable call for widespread violence and requires the arrest of Tucker Carlson.”
Olbermann later tried to delete the tweet so that no one could see it.
The truth is, though, that Tucker Carlson did not call for Trump voters to engage in political violence with their guns. He also did not even hint at such a scenario. The segment liberals misconstrued did feature someone saying that Trump voters own “60 to 70 percent of the guns” and that there could be blood in the streets, but it was not Carlson who said it. It was a Democrat operative named Lawrence Wilkerson.
Here is what the Democrat operative said in August on Bill Maher’s NBO show:
“If Trump calls his base to the streets with their guns — his base owns something like 60 to 70% of the 300, 400 million guns in America. If they answer that call and come to the streets with guns, then we probably are going to have a need for the military. And then all bets are off as to how much blood might flow.”
Fmr COS Lawrence Wilkerson on Tucker Carlson: “If Trump calls his base to the streets with their guns, his base owns something like 60-70% of 300-400 Million guns in America… If they answer that call… all bets are off as to how much blood might flow.”pic.twitter.com/Ju5Bo5NxmU
Tony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, will tell “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in an exclusive interview Tuesday evening that Joe Biden‘s denials of knowledge or involvement in his son’s foreign dealings are “a blatant lie.”
Bobulinski, a Navy veteran and the former head of SinoHawk Holdings — which he describes as a partnership between the CEFC China Energy conglomerate and two Biden family members — told Carlson that he almost walked out of last week’s second presidential debate when Biden discussed the topic.
“In that debate, he made a specific statement around questions around this from the president,” recalled Bobulinski, who attended the debate as Trump’s guest. “And I’ll be honest with you, I almost stood up and screamed ‘liar’ and walked out because I was shocked that after four days or five days that they prep for this, that the Biden family is taking that position to the world.”
Text messages obtained by Fox News last week include an exchange between Bobulinski and James Biden, the Democratic nominee’s younger brother, in which Bobulinski asks James to “thank Joe for his time”.
The messages seem to indicate that a meeting took place, though it’s unclear what the substance of the meeting may have been. The messages are unrelated to the laptop or hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son.
“Mrng plse let me knw if we will do early dinner w your Uncle & dad and where, also for document translation do you want it simple Chinese or traditional?” Bobulinski texted Hunter Biden on May 2, 2017.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
It’s after work on Friday, March 13, and a popular brewery on the outskirts of New York City is near empty of customers, save for a small group comforting themselves with pizza and beer.
As Jason Hoy and Melanie Hansche sit and chat with staff members from their Australian-inspired café Tucker in the college town of Easton, Pennsylvania, the mood is heavy with concern.
At the time, America’s confirmed virus cases were 1701 with 40 deaths. As a comparison, on March 13, Australia recorded 49 COVID-19 cases and no deaths.
Hoy and Hansche, a married couple from Sydney who travelled stateside for work and adventure, are facing challenging months ahead.
Just days earlier, Hansche was sent home from her day job as a magazine editor after her office closed.
And within 24 hours of their staff sit down, New York state-mandated restaurants open at 50 per cent capacity.
Rumours are also circulating all non-essential businesses will soon be shut down.
As owners of a three-year-old restaurant where a customer’s average spend is $20 (US$15) for avocado toast and a flat white, the focus for Hoy and Hansche is all about survival.
Incredibly, a delayed gift for his wife had compelled Hoy to watch news of the global health crisis unfold at its epicentre in Wuhan, China.
“I was waiting for a Christmas present from Wuhan… noise cancelling headphones from Kickstarter,” Hoy told nine.com.au deadpan.
“I had already purchased some masks just watching what was going on.”
The couple’s initial plan in those early days of the pandemic hitting the US was to close their café and open a week later. This would allow time to adjust seating capacity, menu and staff numbers.
They were aware not all their staff would feel comfortable working during the crisis, with some having immunocompromised parents and parents with cancer.
On the Sunday night, after too many martinis, Hoy and Hansche had ditched their plan, instead devising a bold new one.
By Monday, they had dramatically transformed their café, in a former 1800s silk mill, into a general store.
They had locked the doors and adopted a contactless slide pick up station for customers by way of a window and two-metre-long table.
“It got really weird, really fast,” Hoy said of the situation.
The new plan was sparked, in part, by the café’s new point of sale which offered online ordering. So, after working 72 hours on the initial set up, borrowed from his learnings running wine stores in Sydney, they were ready.
Almost overnight, Tucker café went from selling avo toast to customers to being Tucker Provisions – an online grocery store, with access to sourdough loafs, fresh fruit and vegetables and other treats and pantry staples.
Hoy said with Hansche’s help, he worked 18-hour days in that first week to cope with demand from the locals. A staffer, who volunteered for the week, made $2700 (US$2000) in tips for her trouble.
They had embraced a glut from the New York restaurant trade and were using it to provide comfort to their community. It proved an increasing necessity as supermarket shelves in their town were stripped bare by panic shopping.
The couple’s ingenuity not only saved their café but saw the average weekly takings increase five or six-fold. They had also helped keep others, key suppliers and local farms, in regular business.
Hoy said this was “in between strange donations”, including US$100 notes left in the tip jar by little old ladies in pearls, “saving a farm with 80,000 chickens” and selling 7500 eggs a week for three weeks. As he said, things got strange fast.
At one point, a local business Freshpet contacted the couple with an incredible offer to buy $5400 (US$4000) worth of gift cards to help Freshpet employees cope during the pandemic. Tucker was one of five local restaurants in the area to be chosen.
In the weeks that followed, Hoy and Hansche said they kept an eye on family and friends back home in Sydney.
By March 20, NSW Health had released a statement that four cruise ship passengers on a ship called the Ruby Princess had tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak would trigger a near mirror image scenario as the US – shutdowns, job losses and deaths.
Hoy and Hansche could only watch on helplessly as many friends in hospitality lost work. Not even the slight, cruel, head start the US had on Australia appeared to help.
“I even sat down and sent emails to restaurants in New York and Sydney… here’s the way you can change the cash flow,” Hoy said.
Yet, as four weeks, six weeks and the months rolled past little action on Hoy’s advice was made.
“We’re very lucky being in a small city/town so we’re not competing. We’re in a unique position,” he said.
“I think the advantage too was that people felt comfortable here,” Hansche told nine.com.au.
“Here was their favourite little café… we can get you veggies and meat, and you can come and pick it up in the window. That was enormously appealing.”
Tucker 2.0 and the ‘angry mob’
Fast forward six months and Hoy and Hansche are again reinventing their business with Tucker 2.0. The virtual general store is now a real live retail store where a total of three masked-up customers can pop in, order and browse.
The couple’s mask rule as caused friction among some in the community, particularly given they are a small business in a battleground state in an election year.
Ahead of the 2016 US election, political experts had pegged Pennsylvania as a Clinton win. Yet, on election day the state swung to Trump with a historic margin of 0.72 per cent.
In the past week, some have taken to attacking Hoy and Hansche’s Tucker on social media, while others have planned doorstep protests.
It’s at this point Hoy casually remarks he has stepped across the road to the insurance agency to enquire about what would happen if a brick is thrown through their shop window or a gun is fired.
In September, the US has 6.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and almost 200,000 deaths. Pennsylvania has recorded 151,000 cases and almost 8000 deaths.
“Without diving into the division that America faces… we’ve had to try and manage that response,” Hoy said.
“There are many who have sided with the administration and that it (coronavirus) might be a hoax… we’ve got to balance the response to our business. It’s a tightrope.”
Hoy and Hansche are quick to add overall the Easton community has been incredibly supportive.
“This community is great and 95 per cent of our customers are awesome,” Hansche said.
“The politicisation of masks was perplexing to us. As business owners we need to do the best to safeguard our staff… for us it’s the right thing to do. It’s good for business.”
“As the guy on the frontline it’s really a tiny minority it’s a creaky wheel, very small group of people,” Hoy said.
“We have a very vocal group of angry individuals who have gone after the business but have given a lot of negative reviews that’s just the internet and not the reality.”
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Tuesday, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson questioned the merits of messages conveyed by the speakers a night earlier at the Democratic National Convention.
He took special exception to the former first lady Michelle Obama’s presentation, which she portrayed herself as a victim, according to Carlson.
“Michelle Obama could teach a master’s class in this mode of communication. Last night she delivered a taped address from her $11 million estate on Martha’s Vineyard. Michelle Obama, it’s fair to say, has done pretty well for herself. But what she wanted you to know last night was that she is still a victim — she and everyone who looks like her, so shut up and accept her dominion over you.”
Carlson hammered Obama, arguing that her message regarding the threat posed to unarmed black men was a “complete crock.”
“We don’t want to be too harsh about this,” Carlson continued. “We’re not lawyers, but we understand the constitutional limits of the First Amendment is now defined — no shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theater, no criticizing Michelle Obama. We know that, so we’re going to say this as gently as possible, meaning absolutely no disrespect, and of course being certain to pronounce everyone’s name correctly — but what you heard was just a total and complete crock. A never-ending list of innocent people of color continue to be murdered? That’s what Michelle Obama told us.”
“Well, no,” he continued. “So far this year, there have been a total of eight unarmed black men killed by police in this country. Not a never-ending list, eight. Last year there was a total of 14. So what Michelle Obama just told you is a total lie, a calculated lie, a lie designed to make America more fearful, more angry, more divided, and thereby help her candidate win. That’s what Michelle Obama just did. But pretty much no one pointed it out last night. They were too afraid to because, as Michelle Obama made very clear, if you disagree with what she says, you are a bigot.”
Carlson mocked the media reaction to Michelle Obama’s speech, likening her to Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
“[Y]ou probably still think of the left as secular, but not anymore. They are fervent religious fanatics. Michelle Obama is their L. Ron Hubbard. Everything she does is good by definition. She’s the most beautiful, the smartest, the wisest. If Michelle Obama played golf, she would shoot an 18 every time. In the words of Van Jones, her speech last night was extraordinary. Even though, as you know, if you saw it, it was exactly the opposite of that. The speech was ordinary. It was totally pedestrian, like almost everything Michelle Obama says. But you can’t admit that. You’ve got to pretend she is Aristotle. That’s the law.”