Fox News host Tucker Carlson has argued that the threat from QAnon conspiracy theorists is overblown, ridiculing a new service ribbon for National Guardsmen who deployed to the U.S. Capitol since January.
‘Guadalcanal may have been horrible and bloody, but it just didn’t justify its own ribbon,’ Carlson said in his monologue on Friday night, referring to the bloody Pacific theater campaign in World War II.
‘The Imperial Japanese weren’t as fanatical as Trump voters and not half as dangerous,’ the conservative commentator added sarcastically.
On Friday, the DC National Guard revealed a new ‘Presidential Inauguration Support Ribbon’ for Guard members who have surrounded the Capitol in a ring of high security since January.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has argued that the threat from QAnon conspiracy theorists is overblown, ridiculing a new service ribbon for National Guardsmen deployed in DC
In all, some 26,000 National Guard troops deployed to DC before, during and after President Joe Biden’s inauguration. The mission was extended this week after being set to expire
The ‘Presidential Inauguration Support Ribbon’ features blue, white and red bands and a miniature of the Washington, DC flag in the center
In all, some 26,000 National Guard troops deployed to DC for President Joe Biden’s inauguration, compared to the roughly 7,800 Guard members who participated in Donald Trump’s 2016 inauguration.
The Emergency Service Ribbon already exists to recognize Guard members who serve in a non-war emergency or crisis, but the new ribbon is specifically dedicated to those who participated in the DC deployment.
‘Other federal decorations are also being considered’ for the DC deployment, Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Carver, spokesman for the Virginia Air National Guard and director of Joint Task Force-DC Joint Information Center, told Military.com in a statement.
Despite the violence on January 6, when five people died including a Capitol police officer and a woman shot by cops, Carlson argued that the threat from QAnon is overblown, and that its adherents seem like ‘gentle’ people.
‘Do you ever notice how all the scary internet conspiracy theorists — the radical QAnon people — when you actually see them on camera or in jail cells, as a lot of them now are, are maybe kind of confused with the wrong ideas, but they’re all kind of gentle people now waving American flags?’ he said.
‘They’re not torching Wendy’s. They’re not looting retail stores. They’re not shooting cops. No, that’s not them, it’s the other people doing that,’ he said, referring to scenes from Black Lives Matter demonstrations last summer.
Last summer, demonstrators in Atlanta set a Wendy’s on fire after Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot by cops during a confrontation in the parking lot of the restuarant
Thousands of Guardsmen have surrounded the Capitol since the deadly riot on January 6, but so far further threats have failed to materialize.
Most recently, bulletin by U.S. security agencies this week said an unidentified group of ‘militia violent extremists’ discussed plans to ‘take control of the U.S. Capitol and remove Democratic lawmakers on or about March 4.’
March 4 is the day when adherents to the farcical QAnon conspiracy theory believed that Trump would be sworn in for a second term in office. Until 1933, March 4 was the date of the presidential inauguration.
QAnon is an elaborate conspiracy theory whose adherents believe Trump is locked in a secret battle with a global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles.
In his monologue, Carlson skewered media coverage of the purported threat, which never materialized, ridiculing MSNBC in particular.
‘So why wasn’t there anyone there? Where was the QAnon battle? ‘What?!’ said MSNBC. ‘What QAnon battle? Nobody really thought there was going to be a QAnon battle,” said Carlson.
The Capitol Police have asked the Pentagon to extend the National Guard’s mission in Washington for an additional two months, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Thursday. The mission had been set to end on March 12.
The Capitol Police have asked the Pentagon to extend the National Guard’s mission in Washington for an additional two months. The mission had been set to end on March 12
National Guard walk on the Capitol grounds on Thursday, March 4, the day that US secruity services had warned of a plot to attack the complex, which never materialized
Carlson in his monologue accused security services of seizing on random online comments to justify the massive military presence in the nation’s capital.
‘Remember, the FBI isn’t concerned with what’s actually going to happen. They’re concerned with what one or two random people write online or put on TikTok,’ he added.
‘And as long as what those people put on TikTok justifies more power for the people in charge, the FBI, their slavish servants will put it in a terror alert and scare the crap out of the country to justify even more power for their bosses,’ he continued.
Federal prosecutors have charged more than 300 people for involvement in the storming of the U.S. Capitol in January.
Those arrested include members of armed militia groups such as the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters. Trump supporters sporting QAnon flags and accessories were part of the mob that stormed the building.