TUCKER Carlson applauded the House GOP for going against a "fraud" Capitol riot commission that the Fox host branded "partisan as hell."
Carlson said House Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy made the "right" choice by voting against a commission that would probe the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
"He said he will not support a 9/11-style commission to investigate the insurrection of January 6," Carlson said.
He then went on to describe the attack as, "a bunch of middle-aged people deep in credit card debt … teamed up with a guy dressed like Chewbacca to overthrow our democracy."
"Republican whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana is also against the commission," Carlson went on. "Why are they against it? Because it's a farce. It's a complete farce. It's partisan as hell."
Carlson's commentary came after McCarthy said on Tuesday that he would oppose an independent commission to investigate the riots on January 6, when a pro-Donald Trump mob broke into the US Capitol building.
In a statement explaining why he opposes the commission, McCarthy called the plan "shortsighted" for not examining "interrelated forms of political violence."
"Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation,” McCarthy said.
He also pointed out that the commission would focus on right-wing violence inspired by Trump, and ignore political violence carried out by those with left leanings.
He mentioned recent "political violence that has struck American cities," a shooting at a 2017 Congressional baseball game that injured Rep Scalise, and an attack on Capitol police in April as examples.
The GOP leader's rejecting of the commission came as something of a shock, after Republican Rep John Katko, of New York, negotiated the deal with Democrats and enthusiastically backed it last week.
Katko said the opposition was "not something I take personally," according to the New York Times, but called the deal a "solid, fair agreement."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed McCarthy's opposition as "cowardice."
Former President Trump also released a statement on Tuesday condemning the proposed commission.
"Republicans in the House and Senate should not approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 Commission," the statement said.
Trump called the commission "partisan unfairness" and said the "discussion" should be "ended immediately," unless the riots over the summer in Portland, New York, Seattle and other cities were also studied.
"Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left," Trump said.
"Hopefully, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!"
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