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He suggested that Chauvin’s guilty verdict was America paying a ransom after 11 months of ‘mostly unrestrained violence and intimidation from BLM’ since Floyd was killed.
Carlson said political actors had used the video of Floyd’s killing to control the country and then again to ensure the outcome in Chauvin’s trial.
He specifically pointed to President Biden and Maxine Waters publicly throwing their support behind the prosecution this week before the jury had handed down the verdict.
Tucker Carlson argued during his show on Wednesday that Derek Chauvin’s conviction for killing George Floyd is just the start of the revolution
While the jury was deliberating on Tuesday, Biden broke his administration’s silence on the trial saying he was praying for ‘the right verdict’.
Carlson also referenced protesters trying to intimidate a defense witness during the trial by smearing pig blood on the door of their home.
‘Civilized countries do not tolerate jury intimidation. You see it, you stop it. They don’t allow the threat of violence to influence the outcome of a trial, ever. Not under any circumstances. That would be the opposite of justice. That would be mob rule,’ Carlson said.
Carlson suggested that Chauvin’s guilty verdict was America paying a ransom after 11 months of ‘mostly unrestrained violence and intimidation from BLM’ since Floyd was killed
‘It doesn’t matter whether you think Derek Chauvin was guilty and deserves what he got. It doesn’t matter who you voted for. It doesn’t matter what you think about anything else. Seeing mobs try to influence this trial should shock and horrify you at least as much as the George Floyd video did.
‘This is a country moving backwards at high speed. But the strange thing is, most people didn’t seem shocked or upset by any of this. They seem relieved by the verdict.’
He argued that Americans, both Republican and Democrats, turned a blind eye because they assumed it would bring an end to the chaos.
‘After 11 months of mostly unrestrained violence and intimidation from BLM, Americans decided to pay the ransom. They understood Derek Chauvin as a sacrifice for the sins of a nation. On television, they told us this was the case in the clearest terms. America is on trial, they told us. It’s not just Chauvin, one cop from Minneapolis on the stand. It’s all of us – our history, our culture, our system,’ he said.
‘We internalized that, and we went along with it. But we were foolish to go along with this. A wise country stands on its principles. It puts down mobs. It doesn’t obey mobs because mobs are never sated. No matter what demands you follow, they demand more.’
Carlson argued that Chauvin’s conviction would not bring an end to the revolution because America, over the last year, has taught that radicalism and violence works.
Carlson argued that Chauvin’s conviction would not bring an end to the revolution because America, over the last year, has taught that radicalism and violence works. He described protests that have occurred across the US since Floyd’s killing as ‘unrestrained violence and intimidation from BLM’
The Fox News host argued during his Tucker Carlson Tonight show on Wednesday night that Chauvin’s conviction on Tuesday for killing George Floyd in Minneapolis is just the start of the revolution being pushed by BLM protesters
‘It’s that simple: violent protests get results. That’s a threat, obviously. But it’s also, unfortunately true. Rioting does work. When you burn cities, you get what you want. You get rich from corporate handouts. You get the jury verdicts you’ve demanded. Rioters know this very well, even if the rest of us won’t admit it,’ he said.
‘By allowing Wendy’s to be torched and Macy’s to be looted and police stations to be destroyed, the rest of us have relinquished our power as citizens and instead handed it to the most violent, unreasonable, and least productive people in the country.
‘Derek Chauvin’s conviction didn’t settle accounts. It merely increased the debt.’
It comes after Biden spoke out from the Oval Office while the jury was deliberating on Tuesday, saying: ‘I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict. I think it’s overwhelming, in my view. I wouldn’t say that unless the jury was sequestered now.’
The president had repeatedly denounced Floyd’s death but had previously stopped short of weighing in on Chauvin’s trial.
White House officials had said it would be improper to speak out during active judicial proceedings.
Following the verdict, Biden and Harris called on Congress to act swiftly to address policing reform, including by approving a bill named for Floyd
Speaking after the verdict, Biden said Chauvin’s conviction ‘can be a giant step forward’ in the fight against systemic racism but declared that ‘it’s not enough.’
‘We can’t stop here,’ Biden said from the White House alongside Vice President Kamala Harris.
Biden and Harris called on Congress to act swiftly to address policing reform, including by approving a bill named for Floyd.
Beyond that, Biden said the entire country must confront hatred to ‘change hearts and minds as well as laws and policies.’
‘I can’t breathe.’ Those were George Floyd’s last words,’ Biden said. ‘We can’t let those words die with him. We have to keep hearing those words. We must not turn away. We can’t turn away.’
Harris, the first black woman to serve as vice president, said racism was keeping the country from fulfilling its founding promise of ‘liberty and justice for all.’
‘It is not just a black America problem or a people of color problem. it is a problem for every American,’ she said.
‘It is holding our nation back from reaching our full potential. A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice.’