Mitch McConnell attacks Tucker Carlson for showing January 6 footage

 March 11, 2023

On the same day Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) fell during a dinner for donors to his powerful super PAC, editor-in-chief of The Federalist Mollie Hemingway slammed him for agreeing too easily with Democrats on several issues, including Tucker Carlson's airing of January 6 video footage that reveals a number of lies and distortions by the now-disbanded January 6 Select Committee.

Her title says it all: "Dear Mitch McConnell: You Were Not Elected to Do the Bidding of Chuck Schumer and CNN."

Hemingway contrasted the way House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been answering disingenuous questions from reporters with the way McConnell has been doing so, and found McConnell wanting.

McCarthy clearly has a conservative, truth-centered agenda and refuses to bow to the premises of reporters like Manu Raju of CNN. Instead, his answers reflect a solidarity with Republicans and a commitment to "transparency" in matters like the January 6 footage.

McConnell has no backbone

On the other hand, McConnell seems to be suckered by left-leaning reporters at every turn.

When Raju asked him about Carlson's January 6 footage, McConnell said, “It was a mistake, in my view, for Fox News to depict this in a way that is completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol thinks.”

He even waved around a report by the Capitol official to punctuate his remarks.

Hemingway's suggestions

Hemingway suggested several ways McConnell could have responded to Raju that would have been much more consistent with a Republican agenda and "served the American people" instead of Schumer and CNN.

"That Pelosi’s manipulation of that footage was sinfully wrong, and that it should not have taken two years to get this footage to the American people," was one suggestion she had.

He could have defended the First Amendment, which is now being torched by lawless lefties who are getting away with bombing churches and pregnancy centers, courthouses, and other locations.

He also could have pointed out the many ways the left-wing media and Big Tech have been lying about and distorting elections, censoring conservatives, and just generally failing to report facts about COVID-19, Donald Trump, and a whole host of other things.

A travesty

If he really did disagree with Carlson, she said, he could have said, “I think Tucker might have been a little too dismissive of the violence we experienced, but he did a remarkable service by airing so much important video that Democrats tried to hide.”

At a time when 81-year-old McConnell is in the hospital with a concussion from falling down like a lot of 81-year-olds do, it might be good to think about how much power he has in the Senate and whether he really should have it, if he's mostly going to agree with Democrats.

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