Pro-Trump demonstrators were the only people to die from the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. On Monday’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Fox News aired new footage from the Capitol undermining the left-wing narrative that police were also killed in the turmoil.
The White House is sticking to its left-wing talking points anyway.
At a Wednesday press briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded to Carlson’s publication of the Jan. 6 tapes that undermined the Democrats’ narrative of a “deadly insurrection.” Jean-Pierre condemned Carlson’s reporting and cited similar criticism from Senate Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who parroted the Democrats’ Jan. 6 propaganda.
“We agree with the chief of Capitol Police and the wide range of bipartisan lawmakers,” Jean-Pierre said.
On Tuesday morning, Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger sent a memo to his department that called Carlson’s coverage “filled with offensive and misleading conclusions.”
The White House press secretary criticized Carlson’s reporting on the Jan. 6 tapes as a “false depiction” of the violence at the Capitol. She went on to repeat a conspiracy theory that was debunked again Monday night when she claimed the turmoil “cost police officers their lives.”
The claim the police offers were killed in the carnage originated after the Jan. 7 death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. The New York Times immediately conceived a theory that Sicknick died after being bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher. The paper later issued a quiet correction of its reporting one month after the riot.
CNN later connected Sicknick’s death to a chemical irritant, such as pepper spray or bear spray, sprayed by protesters. Sicknick’s family, however, told ProPublica on Jan. 8 that the officer “texted them Wednesday night to say that while he had been pepper-sprayed, he was in good spirits.”
But in April 2021, the D.C. medical examiner’s office issued a report concluding Sicknick died of natural causes.
New footage released by Fox News Monday night further contradicts the oft-repeated conspiracy theory that Sicknick was killed in altercations with Capitol rioters. Surveillance tapes released to the prime-time cable host by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy show Sicknick walking vigorously around the Capitol after his apparent death at the hands of demonstrators.
Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd, was one of two pro-Trump demonstrators whose deaths had an apparent correlation to the riot. Babbitt, 36, took a fatal gunshot to the shoulder when she was attempting to enter the lobby of the House chamber.
Other footage and court filings show Rosanne Boyland, another protester at the Capitol, was trampled in the crowd under a tunnel that lead into the building.