Fox News host Tucker Carlson released the trailer of a new series he plans to debut next week promising to “tell the true story” of the Jan. 6 insurrection. Supporters of the conservative host cheered the the upcoming show while critics condemned Carlson and accused him of ‘spreading lies.’
“False flags have happened in this country,” an unidentified female speaker is heard to say in the clip of “Patriot Purge” aired on Carlson’s Fox News show Wednesday night, “one of which may have been January 6.” Carlson said the three-part series will air as a “Tucker Carlson Original” on the streaming service Fox Nation starting Monday.
“We believe that it answers a lot of the remaining questions from that day,” he said, arguing that the U.S. government has “launched a new war” on American citizens by prosecuting participants in the insurrection who ransacked the building and attacked law enforcement officers.
Two Republican members of Congress called out the clip on Thursday morning. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) are both serving on the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol. “Anyone working for @FoxNews must speak out,” Kinzinger wrote. “This is disgusting. It appears @foxnews isn’t even pretending anymore.”
“It appears that @FoxNews is giving @TuckerCarlson a platform to spread the same type of lies that provoked violence on January 6,” Cheney wrote on Twitter. “As @FoxNews knows, the election wasn’t stolen and January 6 was not a ‘false flag’ operation.”
Geraldo Rivera, a long-time on-air presence at Fox News, tweeted his disgust a day later, sharing a post on Twitter from Illinois Republican Adam Kinzinger. Rivera’s tweet read: “False flags!?” Bullshit” A spokesperson for Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment.