Just days ago, Fox News host Tucker Carlson received a massive swath of footage that was originally obtained by the January 6th select committee, some of which was used in their made-for-TV hearings that appeared to value entertainment value above all else.
During these hearings, the committee set forth to strike fear into the hearts of Americans everywhere by portraying the incident as a violent, depraved attempt to somehow overthrow the US government.
But what the J6 committee didn’t show us were hours and hours of mundane footage of some of the most “notorious” characters in the whole affair lackadaisically touring around the Capitol with the help of police.
Newly revealed surveillance footage from Jan. 6, 2021, shows two Capitol police officers escorting Jacob Chansley, the be-horned so-called “QAnon Shaman” who has come to symbolize the riot, through the halls of the Capitol and to the very door of the US Senate.
The footage aired on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show Monday night shows the officers closely following Chansley as he wanders the corridors of the Capitol, bare-chested and wearing face paint and a luxuriant fur hat with Viking horns.
“Virtually every moment of his time inside the Capitol was caught on tape,” says Carlson, who was granted exclusive access by Speaker Kevin McCarthy to 40,000 hours of surveillance footage from that day inside and around the Capitol, which has never been seen before by the public.
Carlson was as shocked as the rest of us.
“The tapes show the Capitol police never stopped Jacob Chansley. They helped him. They acted as his tour guides.”
The footage in question was soon spreading on social media.
🚨BREAKING: Never before seen video of January 6 shows Jacob Chansley, the QAnon Shaman, being led through the Capitol by police the entire time that he was in the building. pic.twitter.com/rikoRMWezF
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 7, 2023
Democratic lawmakers and J6 committee members have been furious with Carlson’s coverage of these lesser-viewed pieces of evidence, as they could be used to undermine their narrative about the events of that day.
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