Former Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of the Jan. 6. House Select Committee members who did not survive the November midterms, is railing against the recent release of Capitol Grounds surveillance footage to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
After seeing his Republican constituents would not support his reelection bid, Kinzinger pursued a “contributor” position with CNN, where he had consistently shared anti-Trump views in recent years.
On Tuesday’s “CNN This Morning” broadcast, Kinzinger lamented new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) decision to release more than 40,000 hours of surveillance video to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Kinzinger attacked Carlson — he called Carlson a “grifter” and claimed his reporting on the video was “disgusting.”
Kinzinger said: “It’s disgusting. The sad thing is you’re going to have people that have only gotten their news on Fox News that are never going to have the opportunity to hear the truth. What Tucker Carlson employs here and employed it the entire time he’s been as a grifter TV show host because he knows better than this, by the way — he takes a cut scene and creates a straw man.”
The former congressman continued: “First off, on the opening there where he says, look, there is only like a handful of people here. I know one of those rooms, particularly Statuary Hall, was filled with people. There is tons of pictures of that. At some point leading up to or after, there are moments where there are only a few people in there.”
Kinzinger added, “Secondarily, you look at like, okay, one of the things he said, Josh Hawley was running, and so was every other member of the Senate. Like, okay, yeah, because there was violence that day.”
“[Carlson] said Officer Sicknick didn’t die at the riots,” exclaimed Kinzinger. “[Carlson said Sidnick] was walking around the end of the insurrection.” Kinzinger then falsely claimed: “Nobody ever claimed that Officer Sicknick died that moment. He died a day later.”
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