President Joe Biden went to town on House Republicans on Wednesday, and he screamed at them like an angry grandfather. Biden condemned the GOP for allowing Fox News host Tucker Carlson to access and air previously unseen security footage of the January 6 riot.
The footage Tucker released showed police officers standing by passively as people walked through the Capitol building.
Biden’s talking to come in response to an internal memo from U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger. He lashed out at Carlson for broadcasting footage that he claimed was offensive and misleading.
“More than 140 officers were injured on Jan 6,” Biden said in a tweet. “I’ve said before: How dare anyone diminish or deny the hell they went through? I stand with the [Capitol Police]. I hope House Republicans feel ashamed for what was done to undermine our law enforcement.”
The president said that he hoped the House Republicans felt ashamed for what was released and served to undermine law enforcement.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) gave more than 40,000 hours of security footage to Carlson for the sake of transparency and to counter the “politicization” he believes was created by Democratic leaders and the January 6 Committee.
Officials have reported that about 140 police officers were assaulted by the protestors on Jan. 6, and four police officers on duty that day later committed suicide. That only a small percentage of the crowd were “hooligans.”
Tucker also said that the footage he has seen “demolishes” the claim that there was an attempted insurrection. The Fox host said that the released footage makes it clear that the vast majority of the people were “peaceful,” “orderly,” and “meek.” He referred to them as “sightseers.”
Capitol Police told The Hill on Monday that they requested that any clips be shown to them first for a security review.
Virtually no one in Washington, Republican or Democrat, wanted to see this tape released tonight. pic.twitter.com/YfpvaIZTbn
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 7, 2023