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Tucker Carlson hammers Trump, Pence and Haley for riot responses: ‘So called conservative leaders joined the Left’s chorus’

Mary Margaret Olohan on June 1, 2020

  • Tucker Carlson ripped into President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and former Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley for their reactions to the riots tearing through the country.
  • The country is experiencing a profound national emergency “but you would never know that from listening to the elected leaders,” Carlson says.
  • “What Americans want most right now is the end to this chaos and they want their cities to be safe and they want this to stop immediately.”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson ripped into President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for their reactions to the violent riots tearing through cities across the United States.

The country is experiencing a profound national emergency, the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host warned, “but you would never know that from listening to the elected leaders,” he added, before citing examples of Pence, Haley, and Trump’s reactions to the riots.

“Almost all of them pretend this is not really happening, or if it is happening, it’s just part of America’s long tradition of vigorous political discourse,” Carlson said. “Politicians on both sides tell us this is all about the death of a man in police in Minneapolis custody last week. The people burning down our country are protesters and they’re engaged in a legitimate protest.”

Carlson suggested that if someone asked these protestors what their demands are or what they are asking for, these protestors would not have answers “because there is not an answer.”

“On Friday some American cities were being destroyed by mobs and the vice president of the United States refused to say anything specific on the riots we were watching on television,” said Carlson, who is a co-founder of the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Instead, Mike Pence scolded America for it’s racism,” he added.

Carlson also criticized Haley for her comment that George Floyd’s death needs to be  personal and painful for everyone.”

“What Nikki Haley does best is moral blackmail,” he said. “During the 2016 campaign she compared Donald Trump to the racist mass murder Dylan Roof. How is Donald Trump similar to a serial killer? Nikki Haley never explained that, she wasn’t trying to educate anyone.”

“Her only goal was political advantage. Nikki Haley is exceptionally good and getting what she wantsshe’s happy to denounce you as a racist in order to get it. She just did,” he added.

“In this case, Nikki Haley’s wish came true. The riots were indeed ‘personal and painful for everyone,’ and then the pain kept increasing and two days after she wrote that dozens of American cities have been thoroughly trashed and some destroyed.”

Carlson also criticized Trump’s response to the riots, noting that after riots raged outside the White House and a Fox News reporter was forced to flee, the president tweeted to assure the nation that he and his family were safe.

“The first requirement of leadership is that you watch over the people in your care,” Carlson said. “That’s what soldiers want from their officers, it’s what families need from the fathers. It’s what voters demand from their president. People will put up with almost anything if you do that.”

“But if you do not protect them or worse than that, if you seem like you can’t be bothered to protect them, then you are done. It’s over. People will not forgive weakness, that’s the one thing. By the way that’s not a partisan point, it’s human nature.”

Carlson praised Trump for his vow on Monday to use the military if governors don’t deploy the national guard to stop riots, as well as Trump’s symbolic walk to St. Johns, a D.C. church set ablaze Sunday night.

“We fervently hope this all works,” Carlson said. “What Americans want most right now is the end to this chaos and they want their cities to be safe and they want this to stop immediately. If the commander-in-chief can’t stop us, he will lose in November and the left will blame him for the atrocities they encouraged and voters will agree.”

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  1. Ross olson June 2, 2020

    Just a thought here, WHY are all the riots in Democratic cities??

  2. William Hughes June 2, 2020

    Strange why these leftist anarchist say they want Justice… Then attack businesses rather than burn down the mayor’s office isn’t it?

  3. Armando June 2, 2020

    It is not Trump, Pence nor Haley to fix this problem, Tucker. Trump is doing his best to fix it but you are so stupid as the MSM because you turned your head to the left and could only see part of what is actually going on.

  4. Linda M. Parrish June 2, 2020

    Did Obama stop the riots and destruction in Baltimore and Ferguson?? No!!! He Did not……he went nd played golf!
    Trump is doing everything he legally and Constitutionally do and still people complain!
    Can Trump do anything to satisfy The left and the media! Nope, not a Damn thing! If he cured cancer and solved global warming, you people, media, lefties, and never trumpers, would complain that he put a bunch of scientists out of work!!!

  5. Sheryl June 2, 2020

    Tucker–cool it! This is our President who is trying his best. Don’t make it harder for him.
    If you continue to bad mouth him, look what you’ll end up with–democrats! His use of
    the National Guard is also being criticized However, why not. Rioters paid for by
    Soros need to be stopped.

  6. Brett Shaul June 2, 2020

    The only thing President Trump did was prove how weak the states governors are with their state responsibilities!! Those governor’s with the most issues are too cowardly to fix the issues they’re having. Poor little feelings might get hurt? now it’s Trump’s tur to fix THEIR problems!!

  7. JungleCogs June 2, 2020

    Trump is in another “damned if you do; damned if you don’t” situation that was not of his making. The best thing that could be done now is for all the well-meaning protesters to go home… they made their point. Now, they only provide cover for the bad actors who wish to do as much damage as possible to this country. If the protesters leave the rioters will lose their cover and have to leave as well… or they will become the targets.

  8. John E Bodell DO June 2, 2020

    I do not agree with the comments made by Tucker. I think that he really needs to listen to what the protesters and our government leaders are saying. People have a right to express themselves and protesting is a way to do this. The violence and destruction of property is not acceptable. If any good is to come of this, there will have to be effective communication and adjustment to change. I believe that we could begin with prayer.

  9. MikefromTexas June 2, 2020

    I’am beginning to think Tucker is starting to become a liberal. I’ve quit watching his show.

  10. James R Cannon June 2, 2020

    If you news media types would not give face time to the protesters this whole thing would be over by now ,stop feeding the animal.

  11. Donna velie June 2, 2020

    I partially agree with Tucker, this violence needs to end and needs to end now. Trump has stepped up but I just hope it continues and we see military reinforcements in the current cities that have been ravaged Nd make sure other cities are protected. This is anarchy at the highest level and it needs to stop!! I voted for Trump and will vote for him again but please please stop this chaos Now!!

  12. Cindy Swinney June 2, 2020

    Junglecogs I wish everyone could see this through your eyes. You are so right. When our President said he would use the military if necessary, all I heard was the voice of the leftist blaming him for being too harsh. If he doesn’t, then he is too soft. The Media spins whatever is happening to his fault. Personally, bring them in and clean up this mess. THIS IS WRONG ON EVERY LEVEL!

  13. Louisa Swanson June 2, 2020

    Carlson is a TRAITOR!!! He’s no right-winger!! He;s two-faced! I used to respect him but I don;t anymore!
    The President is doing the best he can, what the hell do you want from him?! He;s trying to calm people down not make it worse!! you’re another one, damned if he does, damned if he don;t!!

  14. Richard Peck June 2, 2020

    Carlson is quick to complain on most things, but short on ideas

  15. joe June 2, 2020

    I feel sorry for reporters such Carlson they seamed to forget want they may have said in some of there earlier options regarding certain situations. I also be-leave Carlson has become infatuation with himself when it comes to journalism in that he feels he has all the answers when it comes to analyzing people the old saying you don’t know until you walk in there shoes.The problem is you have all these journalist sitting in front of cameras voicing their observations as to what someone thinks and then report the opposite of what someone said .

  16. Doug June 2, 2020

    I like Tucker but he is dead wrong on this. He sounds like one of the never Trumpers who would find fault no matter what Trump does.

  17. Robert June 2, 2020

    Are used to like to listen to Tucker Carlson. But the more I listen to him the more agitated it makes me because he seems to be negative on everything the president does and he has no answers himself. It’s easy to be an armchair quarterback.

  18. William Burke, Jr. June 2, 2020

    You’re absolutely right, Louisa! Who is Trump supposed to be, God? He’s criticized no matter what he says or does and now Carlson, who I always thought was a decent commentator, stabs Trump in the back! “Et Tu, Brute”, as Caesar said as he was being murdered by a friend. The fact that Trump has promised to employ military assets if the use of the state police and the National Guard doesn’t quell the rioting, I think is the only intelligent solution I’ve heard to this riotous behavior all week. President Lincoln, during the Civil War rioting in New York City (mainly by Irish who didn’t want to be conscripted into the Union army) called in a regiment of troops who had just been fighting in the Battle of Gettysburg to quell the rioting. Using guns and cannons they cleared the Manhattan streets in a very short time. The commander of the regiment, who were mostly Irish, said “these people fought like fiends. Many refused to disburse, all such were shot.”

  19. Pam June 2, 2020

    Tucker you better stand behind The President if the USA or we the people will not listen to Your “show” anymore!!!! We want it Stopped immediately too, but We know that Trump will be criticized no matter what he does. This is about bringing him down and the Democrats are liars and are promoting the riots to their political advantage!

  20. Patricia J Holmeide June 2, 2020

    Trump would do well to listen to Dan Bongino, who seems to have an in depth understanding from his days growing up “hard” in NYC, his many years As a police officer and a secret service officer plus education in psychology. I imagine his words were not the only ones offered as advice to nip the riots in the bud and arrest every Antifa agent provaceteur and street thug on sight to perp walk in front of the nation and show citizens we will not allow terrorist wannabes to take over legitimate protests and commit criminal behaviors. Gloves off with terrorists and criminals to protect the right of the public to protest and express their grievances in peace!

  21. Frank Beard June 2, 2020

    While I agree with much of what Tucker Carlson says, he is allowed to be wrong occasionally because he is human after all. Maybe he didn’t think it through well enough. But, he’s only partially wrong. I think Pence and Haley should have commented on the issue but then pointed out the stupidity and hypocrisy of the rioters, especially since the police officer in question has already been arrested and will be tried for murder. Maybe Trump could have said more as well, but as far as taking action, it is the states’ responsibility to take care of what’s happening in their states. As far as the MSM, they continue to make me sick with wanton disregard of the truth, which leads to further social unrest and risk of rioting and loss of life.

  22. William Burke, Jr. June 2, 2020

    My comment above is to show that the president does have the legal power to call in the military to quell rioting. Lincoln did it in July 3 thru 6, 1863. I wouldn’t think federal troops would actually fire on civilians but just the National Guard and police to maintain order. Back in the 19th century I guess human life wasn’t valued as much as it is now.

  23. Anonymous June 2, 2020

    Fix your crappy survey. It kept insisting I was using the wrong email! Crappy is also proven by this stupid, small faint type

  24. Charles T June 2, 2020

    Carlson is one of the best on TV I am very surprised that he weighed into the President for trying to stay out of the States Rights battle. Maybe Carlson will correct his report after Trump sent the military into these states to help stop the insurrection. Maybe Carlson is under control of his masters for being more supportive of the President then the rest of the media that hates trump.

  25. John ducey June 2, 2020

    IM a little to the right of attila the hun an avid trump supporter but when you’re wrong you’re wrong.trump needs to do something fast. And in this country we should be able to criticize without some one attacking them

  26. Mary Coulter June 2, 2020

    I was so upset after hearing Tucker last night…I guess he is as bad as Juan, Jessica, Chris and other idiots…I had heard that Fox was getting away from fair and balanced and I guess they are proving that…so done with Tucker…

  27. s gunderson June 2, 2020

    You have that right. I used to like Tucker but lately he’s changed.

  28. 1949 June 2, 2020


  29. Mary Ann Naylor June 2, 2020

    Mr. Carlson, you are a learned man. Since you have stated that the President has done everything wrong, would you please share your opinion as to how you thought it should have been handled???

  30. Geri1943 June 2, 2020

    You are so right Joe these reporters now a days can’t tell the difference between right and wrong they lie to the people and want us to believe what they have to say well I for one don’t believe anything the news media has to say.

  31. Cates June 3, 2020

    I’m sorry but nring on the military. Marshall law if need be. These are a bunch of thugs and they just want to steal. They found an opportunity to commit crime and jumped on the band wagon. They are truly a bunch of low class thugs. It’s like the cock roaches came out of the wood work. President Trump take care of business and use military force on them. Lawlessness. Don’t feel no personal pain like that bimbo said. That’s life.

  32. theone June 3, 2020

    hey Tucker — U bein a little harsh on the man WHO DIDN’T NEED THIS JOB arent U ?? Could you do a better job ?? I think you are missing a few pieces of the BIG picture !! hope U don’t mind a few of your fans dissagreing W\U !!

  33. Keith C. Haas June 3, 2020

    It appears that reporters always know what the best course of action should be. It is pretty much always after the fact , but that doesn’t stop them from spouting off. It’s a lot easier to criticize than to face the responsibility of having to make hard decisions. The bottom line is when it comes to Trump it is always portrayed as the wrong decision. As said damned if he does and damned if he does. A friend of mine who drives in Minneapolis said he seen a lot of out of state license plates parked in area’s within walking access of the riots. Today I seen a man working the crowd with a bull horn. It’s my opinion these riots are being instigated and assisted by people who want to blame Trump. They would burn down America rather than see Trump win a 2nd term. We can’t let them win.

  34. AmericanPatriot June 3, 2020

    Carlson needs to get the boot without any pay whatsoever! A fool and a traitor!

  35. Cates June 3, 2020

    Haley is a complete moron. Whoever said that looting was a legitimate form of protesting must be thugs themselves. What laboratories were these fools created. In. Go ahead and censor my comments. The majority of Americans feel this way!!!!

  36. James June 3, 2020

    “Exactly right” carlson is two faced and I thought he was a true conservative but looks like he joins Cavuto to take pot shots at the President.

  37. Sparky June 3, 2020

    What annoys me is that one dirty racist cop caused all this turmoil all over the country. That is the worst crime and unforgivable.

  38. Nancy June 3, 2020

    Exactly what i was thinking just tonight that the protestors should go home. That should help the situation immensely for the reasons you mentioned.

  39. Mimi June 3, 2020

    I don’t think he blamed Trump as much as he did the weaklings around him. He listens to advisors who are more cautious. He needs to make decisions according to his own analysis.

  40. Peter Rogers June 3, 2020

    I no longer care to hear Tucker Carlson. He sounds more and more like he belongs on CNN.

  41. Becky Smith June 3, 2020

    So true! Tucker is shooting off his mouth before thinking on this one!

  42. Greg Aldred June 3, 2020

    The safety of a city, and it’s citizens begins w/o that states governor and that cities mayor. Get a grip Tucker your blaming the wrong guy.

  43. April June 3, 2020

    Why are you criticizing the only people successfully exposing the truth of the democrat evil history, the same regime that assonated President Kennedy, because he was going to expose the the truth about the satanic evil intent to kill 90% of the worlds population, and enslave the rest to be their work slaves, living in the same democrat developed ghettos we now see in California, shitting anywhere, eating out of trash cans, and a First Aid Kit as health care! It’s so hard to find a loyal American journalist that can be consistent in their support for America!

  44. Deborah Ervin June 3, 2020

    Just an opinion, of course, I truly believe the Democrats have failed at further scaring the people with Covid-19 so now they are doing their best at scaring the people with outright violence. Many stores and offices are closing early each day, afraid there will be riots in the area. Illinois kept businesses and our Church’s closed as long as Pritzger possibly could. Now they are burning businesses and Church’s. Fear keeps people under their thumb.

  45. Frances June 4, 2020

    Who do you think you are to open you big mouth about our President not doing anything to stop this violence. You are an idiot for your stupid thinking and you should know the stinking demorat. Gov.’s had to give the order for help before he could call the troops. No wonder you had your doors kicked in from your outrageous remarks. Get off Fox if you can’t stand by our President. You are useless.

  46. Connie j. Divin June 4, 2020

    I like Tucker and watch his show but just what does he think President Trump can do about thousands of people running a muck all over the country. To quote a line from an old movie(back when then were good), if he stands still they screw him, if he runs they bite him in the ass.

  47. Barbara June 5, 2020

    I usually agree with Tucker but right now I’m very unhappy with him for using his bully pulpit to do the very thing he is accusing Trump, et. al., of doing. Giving in to the bad people. Their side loves hearing a supposed Trump supporter turn their back on him. Doesn’t Tucker realize that is part of their agenda. If the President says he’ll call in the military to quell the uprising, he’s called a dictator. If he expects the governors and mayors to do their jobs, he’s accused of abdicating. We need true Conservatives to stand up with and for our President not people who pretend to be but let fear control them when the going gets tough.

  48. Pasquale Desimone June 7, 2020

    Tucker’s is afraid of losing his job so he thinks talking down to the president will help him, dissatisfied and disappointed with him

  49. OlePerfesser June 7, 2020

    The Secretary of Defense needs to go – he is not supporting the Commander-in-Chief and that is not tolerable. His Opinions can/should be expressed completely in the confines of the Oval Office, but once the decision is made, he MUST support it OR resign. Any General who voices his/her own opinion outside of the Tank (the War Room in the Pentagon) should be notified that his/her retirement papers must be submitted pronto!

  50. marc June 10, 2020

    you are gettin it, right on, but it’s been goin on for any many years, keep wakin up, it’s a new beginning!

  51. marc June 10, 2020

    i will second that motion…

  52. marc June 10, 2020

    Tucker, there is an answer, stupid. The Demonrats, Rhino’s and Soros are all complicit in creating havoc, just like you are doing now, Tucker. The Demonrat in you shows… WHO DO YOU SERVE Tucker? Make it plain and clear, otherwise you deserve the rope and a nearby tree for supporting Demonrats, in any way…

  53. marc June 10, 2020

    Tucker, ya went from selfless news to selfish news, keep it up, end of career…

  54. sharon June 10, 2020

    So sad, You are such a disappointment Tucker !!!!!

  55. sharon June 10, 2020

    So sad, You are such a disappointment Tucker !!!!!

  56. Regina Zavier June 20, 2020

    Tucker is truth teller, not a shill for for any party or politician. Appreciate that we have a courageous outspoken thinker not beholden to anyone. He’s been attacked for years by the crazed contingent trying to silence him. I pray for his (and family, being harassed at home) safety daily and so should you.

  57. Leary Short June 22, 2020

    Tucker, is a blabbing idiot, he is questioning the Conservative Agenda, for ratings, it won’t play. Tucker wants a big time check from the Iiberal Media. He has never Been a Conservative. He fabricates the truth, to prove His point

  58. Leary Short June 22, 2020

    Tucker, is a blabbing idiot, he is questioning the Conservative Agenda, for ratings, it won’t play. Tucker wants a big time check from the Iiberal Media. He has never Been a Conservative. He fabricates the truth, to prove His point
    I have never commented on this site, , what do I need to do?

  59. Anonymous June 28, 2020

    Have you ever stopped to realize that all these cities where the riots are happening are Democratic. mayors and governors. If Trump stays out of the states business then people can’t blame him and people can see where there problem lies. I see Trump winning in these states in 2020 just a thought.

  60. Bobby Sexton June 30, 2020

    I will have to agree with Tuckers comments. WASH D.C. can do nothing of any signifi-
    cance except talk. It hasbeen at least 8 years since anything good has been done
    In WASH D.C. Trump started with exec orders since congress is to unintelligent
    To work together. There is noone worthy of being reelected except maybe Trump. There
    Is no liberal socialist communist damcrap
    worthy of office nor any republicans. WASH D.C. Iis full of B.S. there are no doers. Since our high price govt can’t do anything the
    AMERICAN people need to get thir guns out
    And clean out thr rioters and looters and
    turn over control to P.D.. It is way past time
    to stop the cry baby B.S. and destruction
    we have allowed the do nothing people to fix.
    We need to face the fact that the rich and
    marxist are trying to take over America
    We have courts and a sipreme court that is broken and all Wash D.C. can do is talk. I’m
    Tired of campaign funds and all the bullshit
    that goes with it and still only get talk.

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