Tucker Carlson attacks Black officer who says he was called the N-word during the Capitol riot
Fox News host Tucker Carlson called a black police officer who said he was called the N word while defending the Capitol on Jan. 6, an "angry left wing political activist" on Wednesday.
In April, Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn told The ReidOut host Joy Reid that black officers had a “different” fight than anyone else because they suffered both physical trauma and racial slur while being supporters of the former President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol.
Dunn is among the first to testify on July 27, before a new House committee is set up to investigate the Capitol riot. Prior to Dunn's testimony, Carlson verbally attacked the official's impartiality as a witness, citing previous social media posts involving Democratic lawmakers.
"Dunn will pretend to speak for the country's law enforcement agencies, but it turns out that Dunn has very little in common with the average cop," Carlson said on his show. "Dunn is an angry, left wing political activist."
The backlash on social media was quick.
"Forever grateful for officers like Harry Dunn," tweeted Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., On Wednesday. "He put his body between lawmakers and an armed mob."
Dunn's lawyers also replied, posting a long statement on Twitter.
"Tonight Fox News did not allow its host, Tucker Carlson, who never served a day in uniform, in the military or law enforcement, to criticize the heroism and service of the African American Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn," said David H. Laufman and Mark S., Said Zaid in the statement.
"Our client served in law enforcement for 13 years, fighting an insurgent violent crowd - no doubt many of them Carlson's supporters - on January 6, 2021 - to protect the lives of our elected officials, including Vice President Pence," they said.
The lawyers added that Dunn would "give his life to protect a member of Congress, whether he is a Republican or a Democrat," and would continue to testify next Tuesday.
Dunn and other Capitol officers have all aggressively campaigned for a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 riot, but legislation to form the panel fell short of the 60 votes required to move forward.
Six months after the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol to prevent Congress from formally accepting the electoral college votes that enabled President Joe Biden to be elected in November, more than 500 people were charged. Five people died in the riot, including Capitol policeman Brian Sicknick.
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
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