Tucker Carlson Tonight kicked off Thursday with a lengthy, sarcastic diatribe aimed at Democrats and the media for perceived anti-police bias following the shooting death of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, just moment before guilty verdicts were handed down in the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd.
“At a triumphant press conference yesterday, leading Democrats unveiled their findings which are now a plank in the party's platform. They are going to allow children to stab each other,” Carlson said, with a graphic reading “Let the Kids Knife Fight” over his shoulder. “Now, stabbing people has long been taboo in this country, especially for those under the age of 18. For decades young Americans have hidden their switchblades, their stilettos, their Ka-Bars, their machetes. Kids were forced to live as if plunging blades into strangers was something to be ashamed of, instead of a normal, healthy part of childhood, but no more.”
Bryant was shot four times by a Columbus police officer as she lunged at another young woman, seemingly with the intention of stabbing her. The Columbus Police Department quickly released body camera footage from the officer involved showing as much.
While there have been some prominent figures in politics, the media and entertainment to condemn the actions of the officer, many more have come out in his defense. Pundits on both CNN and MSNBC have said the officer’s actions were justified, and some of CNN’s most famous names have done the same. Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon defended the officer, agreeing that the young woman being attacked by Bryant was in imminent danger and the officer had no other choice. Lemon had previously defended the officer in the shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago. But Carlson failed to mention any of this as he continued.
“The right to stab has been restored to the pantheon of freedoms our Mayan ancestors enumerated thousands years ago,” Carlson said. “Our founding document, the declaration of diversity. Going forward, allowing children to stab others will be enshrined in law.”
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