House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked Select Committee on January 6 held its first prime-time hearings Thursday evening, a choreographed spectacle that immediately took a deep dive into race-baiting.
During his opening statement, the committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), linked the Jan. 6 protest and resultant riot at the U.S. Capitol Building to lynching and slavery.
“I’m from a part of the country where people justify the actions of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, and lynching,” Thompson said. “I’m reminded of that dark history as I hear voices today trying to justify the actions of the insurrectionists on January 6th, 2021.”
“Over the next few weeks, hopefully, you will get to know the other members, my colleagues up here, and me, we represent a diversity of communities from all over the United States, rural areas and cities, East Coast, West Coast and the heartland,” he added.
“All of us have one thing in common. We swore the same oath. That same oath that all members of Congress take upon taking office, and afterwards, every two years that they are reelected. We swore an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Thompson continued in remarks that were heavily criticized on social media.
When’s the first Hitler reference?
— 🇺🇸Night “Not A Biologist” Wood ✞⚭⚓ (@Shteina_Gott) June 10, 2022
After just one minute in, Jan 6th committee Democrat Rep. Bennie Thomson compares Jan 6th defenders to people defending “slavery, ku klux klan, and lynching” .
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) June 10, 2022
BENNIE THOMPSON lead stooge of the witch hunt-not a word about the EPIDEMIC of BLACK MEN attacking ASIANS! of ANTIFA burning cities, of BLM gangs looting cities and robbing donors
— Michael Savage (@ASavageNation) June 10, 2022
“Slavery, the Klu Klux Klan, and lynching. Things that have nothing to do with this hearing, but we want you to think about them, and associate them with our enemies. Because we think you’re really, really stupid, and will believe anything we tell you.”
Sadly, they’re right.
— Focus on the Idea⭐️ (@FocusOnTheIdea) June 10, 2022
January 6 is connected to slavery now?
— R🇺🇸S@LGB-FJB (@ReiStathi) June 10, 2022
No one cares about the January 6th Committee, they care about paying $100 to fill up their tanks.
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) June 10, 2022
Meanwhile, Fox News host Tucker Carlson ripped the committee for “deranged” lying and pushing left-wing propaganda regarding the incident, going on to point out that most Americans are far more concerned about issues that hit much closer to home for them.
“You know it tells you a lot about the priorities of a ruling class that the rest of us are getting yet another lecture about January 6th tonight from our moral inferiors, no less. An outbreak of mob violence, a forgettably minor outbreak by recent standards, that took place more than a year and a half ago, but they’ve never stopped talking about it,” Carlson noted, opening his monologue.
“In the meantime, in the 18 months since January 6, gas prices have doubled. Drug ODs have reached their highest point ever. The U.S. economy is now careening toward a devastating recession at best and scariest and least noted of all, this country has never in its history been closer to a nuclear war,” he pointed out.
“Yet the other networks can’t be bothered to cover any of that tonight. Instead, they’ve interrupted their regularly scheduled programming to bring you yet another extended primetime harangue from Nancy Pelosi and Liz Cheney about Donald Trump and QAnon. The whole thing is insulting,” Carlson noted.
“In fact, it’s deranged and we’re not playing along. This is the only hour on an American news channel that will not be carrying their propaganda live. They are lying, and we are not going to help them do it. What we will do instead is to try to tell you the truth. We’ve attempted to do that since the day this happened,” he said.