Old Uncle Joe spoke out recently to openly condemn the House Republicans this past Wednesday for letting Tucker Carlson, a host for Fox News, have access to and subsequently make public pieces of the unrevealed security camera footage from the January 6 riot that highlighted a number of Capitol police officers seemingly passively standing by as a large number of people entered the U.S. Capitol.
The rebuke from the president came out seemingly in response to one internal memo from the U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger who openly criticized “Tucker Carlson Tonight” for making public sections of the video and some commentary he labeled as misleading and entirely offensive.
“More than 140 officers were injured on Jan 6,” stated Biden in a post to social media. “I’ve said before: How dare anyone diminish or deny the hell they went through? I stand with the [Capitol Police]. I hope House Republicans feel ashamed for what was done to undermine our law enforcement.”
More than 140 officers were injured on Jan 6.
I’ve said before: How dare anyone diminish or deny the hell they went through?
I stand with the @CapitolPolice.
I hope House Republicans feel ashamed for what was done to undermine our law enforcement. https://t.co/pES1zApH9Y
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 8, 2023
Carlson, along with his team, was given exclusive access to well over 40,000 hours of footage from the capitol security cameras as part of a recent deal made with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who stated that he went the route of disclosure for the sake of total transparency and to counter the heavy “politicization” he thinks has been instilled by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the January 6 Committee regarding the events of the riot.
A number of Republicans have been entirely supportive of the choice of the speaker. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)spoke up to thank McCarthy for his choice in the disclosure as it could end up helping a number of the January 6 defendants with their cases.
Despite everything, Democrats and a few Republicans have been outspoken about their dismay regarding the agreement and of the portrayal of the events by Fox News of January 6, 2021 — on which a crowd of people made their way into the U.S. Capitol building, reportedly disrupting legislators that were attempting to certify the 2020 election victory for Biden.
“It was a mistake, in my view, for Fox News to depict this in a way that’s completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol thinks,” explained Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to gathered media personnel as of Tuesday.
A number of officials have claimed that over 140 police officers were attacked in various confrontations with people at the U.S. Capitol that day.