Tucker Carlson reacted with predictable indignation to Donald Trump’s indictment, characterizing it as worse for the nation than the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.
“If you believe in our system, and you want it to continue, you have to raise your hand and say stop,” the Fox News host said Thursday night. “Because this is too great an assault on our system ― much greater than anything we saw on Jan. 6, that’s for sure.”
Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury Thursday for his role in a 2016 hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The porn actor received the $130,000 payment ahead of the 2016 presidential election in exchange for keeping quiet about an affair she said she had with Trump a decade earlier.
The New York Times reported that Trump faces more than two dozen counts.
Carlson joined Trump in characterizing the investigation as a politically motivated witch hunt orchestrated by Democrats. He has also repeatedly whitewashed the violent Jan. 6, 2021, effort by Trump supporters to overturn the 2020 election, and recently described the insurrectionists as “sightseers.”
Those sightseers injured about 140 police officers. Of more than 1,000 people arrested in the attack, more than 320 have been charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding authorities. Multiple people died in connection with the mob violence.