House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) may have given Tucker Carlson access to tens of thousands of hours of U.S. Capitol surveillance footage from the Jan. 6 attack, but as MSNBC’s Ari Melber pointed out, the Fox News host hasn’t had the highest opinion of the congressman. (See the video below.)
Melber argued that McCarthy, who presented 41,000 hours of surveillance footage to Carlson, is attempting ingratiate himself with the Fox News host. To prove his point, he played a video compilation of Carlson ripping the speaker on his show.
“Congressman Kevin McCarthy, a man who ― in private ― turns out sounds like an MSNBC contributor,” Carlson said in one clip.
“We will have a Republican Congress led by a puppet of the Democratic Party,” the Fox News host said in another clip.
The video compilation starts at about the 3:22 mark below:
In the MSNBC segment, Melber reflected on Carlson’s characterization of the Capitol rioters as tourists and called out McCarthy for contradicting his prior condemnation of the Capitol attack.
Excerpts from the riot footage are set to air on Carlson’s network in the coming weeks, Axios reported.
McCarthy told The New York Times on Wednesday that he “promised” to release the footage, but giving access to Carlson, Melber said, elevates the “insurrection-minimizing host.”