Elon Musk humiliated Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer with a single tweet in response to the New Yorker’s contention that Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, by sharing 40,000+ hours of unseen footage related to January 6th with Tucker Carlson, had done serious damage to democracy.
After Carlson aired the first night of footage, focusing heavily on the so-called Qanon Shaman walking calmly and often with multiple Capitol Police escorts as well as other footage showing people he called “meek” and described as mostly revering the famed congressional building, Schumer took to the Senate floor condemning Fox News and demanding they ban their primetime host from showing more discrediting footage.
“These lies continue tonight. Rupert Murdoch, who was admitted they were lies and said he regretted it has a special obligation to stop Tucker Carlson from going on tonight. Now that he’s seen how he has perverted and slimed the truth and from letting him go on again and again and again. Not because their views deserve such a proprium, but because our democracy depends on it,” he said.
Schumer followed that undemocratic approach with an equally out-of-touch tweet.
“Speaker McCarthy has held the gavel for less than three months,” he tweeted. “But by sharing the January 6th security footage with Fox News, he has already done more than any party leader in Congress to enable the spread of Donald Trump’s Big Lie.”
It was at this point that Elon Musk chimed in and burned Schumer, saying: “Do you want us to remove this video?” Elon offered his comment with a link to a hilarious video with a voiceover of some of the footage released by Carlson.
BREAKING : Previously Unseen January 6th Footage pic.twitter.com/0jxqANbNVn
— @stevenvoiceover (@stevenvoiceover) March 7, 2023
“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the US Capitol building,” the voiceover begins as it shows “insurrectionists” peacefully and casually walking within the U.S. Capitol.
“If you’ve joined us today for the insurrection, please make sure you pick up a promotional leaflet on the way in, stay inside the safety cordons at all times, and if you get lost speak to one of our Capitol police officers, they’ll be sure to point you in the right direction,” it continued, showing various scenes of people looking around, looking at what appear to be brochures, and staying within sectioned off areas.
“And be sure to set aside a little time today to join us for some insurrection activities, including our photography tour, our fancy dress competition, and have a go on our climbing wall.”
“But don’t forget those safety ropes. And I’ve now received the results of our fancy dress competition. The winner today is Jacob Chansley. That’s Mr. Jacob Chansley. If you would report to your nearest Capitol Police Officer they’ll be sure to give you a prize, a guided tour of the building,” the video hilariously says while portraying the man sentenced to four years in prison getting quite a bit of help – and not a lot of visible pushback – from a cadre of uniformed police officers.
“All that’s left is for me to thank you for joining us today. We hope you enjoyed the insurrection. Wherever possible, please try to clean up after yourselves. Don’t forget to visit the souvenir shop on the way out and feel free to join us on the outdoor terrace for Nancy Pelosi’s insurrection Soiree. Grab yourself a light refreshment and enjoy the music of our very own fancy dress competition winner,’ it concluded.
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