What Tucker Carlson Doesn't Say Is More Insidious Than What He Does
On Wednesday night, Tucker Carlson — without the aid of Glenn Beck's blackboard, mind you — went on a bizarre rant in which he attempted to explain how the January 6 Capitol riots were connected to the death of George Floyd. It took a lot of stretching due to the fact that these events are in no way connected, except by way of white people just assuming that they won't get in trouble for doing extremely messed up shit.
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The question is why would they lie about this? For an answer think back to last spring. Beginning on Memorial Day, B.L.M. and their sponsors in corporate America completely changed this country. They changed this country more in five months than it had changed in the previous 50 years.
How did they do that? They used the sad death of a man called George Floyd to up-end our society. Months later, we learned that the story they told us about George Floyd's death was an utter lie.
There was no physical evidence that George Floyd was murdered by a cop. The autopsy showed that George Floyd almost certainly died of a drug overdose, fentanyl.
But by that point the facts didn't matter. It was too late. Cities had been destroyed, along with the fabric of this country itself. Scores of people had been killed. Democratic partisans used a carefully concocted myth, a lie, to bum-rush America into overturning the old order and handing them much more power. It worked flawlessly. So why wouldn't they do it again?
So, just chronologically, this is what happened, according to Tucker Carlson. On May 25, 2020, George Floyd — who had been using Fentanyl for some time and thus would have built up a tolerance to it — died of an overdose at, conveniently, the exact same time that police officer Derek Chauvin decided to kneel on his neck for nine and a half minutes, including several minutes after it had been determined that he no longer had a pulse.
The media and the liberals used this incident — which Tucker admits was "sad" — to "upend our society." To what end? Even Tucker is not sure. Something about power. Then, months later, "we" found out the story "they" told "us" was a lie and that there was absolutely no physical evidence that George Floyd died from police brutality. (Except for all of the evidence found by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner who said that his death was the result of "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual restraint, and neck compression," as well as the doctor who performed the second autopsy who deemed his death a "homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain." Which would be why the charges against Derek Chauvin have not been dismissed, and why he will be showing up to court on March 8 to face charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.)
Then, the mean liberals went and lied about what happened at the January 6 insurrection, also for reasons Tucker is not sure about. The insinuation there, however, seems to suggest that the true mission is to make white people — white men, especially — look bad and feel bad.
The strange thing is in both of these cases, the George Floyd murder and the Capitol riot, no one is saying things happened so much as they are pointing at videos and saying "there, on the video, is what happened." Is Tucker claiming this was all CGI? Deceptive editing? Are all of the people who were at the January 6 riots simply crisis actors who had been so deep under cover for the past several years that even their families believed they were devoted Trumpists? Because honestly, that would be pretty impressive. Even more impressive is that they are all apparently willing to go to prison for this ruse.
To Tucker's audience, it doesn't matter if he's telling them the actual truth. He's telling them what they want to hear and he is telling them that he is outraged and indignant on their behalf. It's not just that he's saying "I think this is actually what happened"; it's that "everyone else is lying about this, to your faces, and they are doing it to hurt you, to hurt us." The trick is never saying what he thinks our actual grand plan is, because things seem much more ominous when they are left unsaid.
If someone tells you "Oh, so-and-so is like, a really bad person — like so bad I can't even say what they did," odds are, you're probably going to assume they did something way worse than they actually did. If someone says "I can't put my finger on it, but something about this person just bothers me/rubs me the wrong way" — that is so much more damning than saying a specific reason why someone bothers you. Saying things like this also has the added bonus of making the speaker seem like a truly good and pure person who doesn't like to speak ill of others, or someone with a magically heightened sensitivity to some intrinsic, unspoken evil lying deep inside of other people, ready to strike at any moment. Vagueness is the ultimate poison pill.
If Tucker Carlson were to say, explicitly, what he thinks our end game with these imagined lies actually is, there is no way it wouldn't sound silly. If he were to actually paint a picture of the horrifying future he believes the Left wants, it wouldn't be that scary. If he lied, it would be so over the top as to be ridiculous and he would sound like a fool (not that he minds that), and if he told the truth, even while holding a flashlight to his face and speaking in a real spooky voice, it really wouldn't sound too bad. I think maybe a few years ago, it might have been easier to pull off "And they want everyone to be able to eat food, live somewhere, and have health care, even if they didn't earn it! Wooooo! Scary!" but in a post-COVID world, not so much.
When he leaves this unspeakable horror up to the imaginations of his audience, look at what they come up with — they come up with Satanic pedophile cannibal cabals and evil plots to take over the world. They think of the worst things imaginable and decide they must be true. Because what else could it be?
The thing with this kind of vagueness is that it's ultimately irrefutable. There's nothing for us to deny or for Carlson to prove, and this tends to be the case for most things he says, in general. Everything the Left does, he tells his audience, is part of some secret plot to deceive and emotionally manipulate soft-hearted conservatives, attain power for power's sake, and to ultimately destroy America and their American way of life. To see themselves engaged in a battle between good and evil. When Carlson actually does lie about concrete things, he chooses carefully, he picks the things they are most desperate to believe and asks them "Who are you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes?"
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