Tucker Carlson is a Fox News host eviscerated the Biden administration Monday night for using law enforcement to target its political adversaries, most recently with the raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida home.
“This could get very bad, very fast and the Biden people know that perfectly well,” Carlson told viewers. “They know what could happen if they continue down this path of using law enforcement to cling to power. But they don’t care because they’re facing a repudiation from voters and they’re desperate and they’ll do anything but at what cost? Pray they pull back before it’s too late.”
You can watch the entire monologue or read a portion of it below. The full transcriptFox News offers the option.
We’ve had a few days to reflect on it and have concluded that no honest person could believe that the raid on Donald Trump’s home last week was a legitimate act of law enforcement. It wasn’t. Even the Biden administration didn’t really bother to pretend otherwise. The official explanations given for the raid are completely absurd. It doesn’t matter how forcefully they are repeated by the media, they’re nonsensical. In case you’ve forgotten what they are, here’s the very first explanation they gave us.
MICHAEL BESCHLOSS – HISTORIAN Why was this guy able to keep these highly classified documents in Mar-a-Lago basement unsecured, where they could be broken in or stolen or photographed and given away to hostile foreign powers, or even terrorists?
Are you listening? So, it’s not just classified documents in the basement of Mar-a-Lago, but according to Michael Beschloss, the pet historian of the halfwits who run our country, these are ultra-classified documents, the most classified kind, just sitting there helpless in boxes like maidens in bikinis, waiting to be photographed by terrorists. It’s easy to imagine al-Qaeda taking selfies using these documents, one by one, and it being terrifying and repulsive.
Is it true? Is it true? They just go ahead, but for the sake of argument on our show, we’re going to say that it is in fact true and that Donald Trump did, in fact, have boxes of classified documents sitting in his cellar.
Let’s say that’s true. What does that mean? It depends on the contents of the documents. Did the documents contain useful information? They should have been classified. Is there any reason why the rest of us shouldn’t have been allowed to view those documents?
Although you may not hear these questions in public, anyone who lives in Washington knows that they should be asked. Washington is a state where virtually anything can be considered a state secret, and it often does.
One example of many was the 2011 declassification by the CIA of a treasure trove of documents from World War I. These documents date back to 1917, nearly 100 years ago. One of these documents contained a recipe for ink that would disappear. Now, you might ask why federal bureaucrats would spend over a century hiding a recipe to disappear ink that you can legally buy legally at any magic store for your fifth grader. Good question. It wasn’t asked.
Leon Panetta, then CIA Director, released a press statement bragging about how he was giving secret ink recipe to a grateful audience. “These documents remain classified for nearly a century until recent advancements in technology made it possible to release them,” Panetta wrote. “When historical information is no longer sensitive, we take seriously our responsibility to share it with the American people.”
There was no indication that Panetta was making fun of it when he wrote that. You’re welcome, America. Here’s your century-old ink recipe. This was in 2011. Think it through. You had to wonder about the most recent technological advancements Leon Panetta was talking about in his press release. Panetta was implying that CIA spies were still communicating using World War One era disappearing Ink in 2010, or 1950? Please. It was strange. It was a lie by the people in charge.
Here’s the truth. The documents were classified for 100 year, not because disappearing penk was a national security secret. They’d been classified because the government’s default position in every case is that you have no right to see anything ever. It is their information. It is not yours. You’re not a citizen. You’re just the taxpayer. Shut up and pay. Many classified documents from World War II are still available to this day. These are documents written 80 years ago by people whose grandchildren are now old, but you still can’t see it. You don’t have the clearances. Sorry.
So, when they tell you that Donald Trump had classified documents in his basement, those materials could be literally anything, but once again, for the sake of argument, we’re going to stipulate that Trump did have possession of documents that were classified for some good reason. Documents, such as those we wouldn’t want the Chinese government seeing, are documents that we would not wish to see. If true, would that justify what happened. It would be justifiable to send a large group of federal agents to close down Palm Beach’s southern tip to raid Mar-a-Lago during a weekday. No, it wouldn’t. So, one of the laws they’re telling you that Trump broke doesn’t even have criminal penalties attached to it because it’s not serious enough.
Federal paramilitaries don’t show up at your house when you violate the Presidential Records Act and in fact, as we later learned, the actual warrant for the raid, which was signed by an openly partisan judge because you couldn’t make any of this up if you tried, once represented Jeffrey Epstein’s side in the famous underage sex case, that judge. That judge allowed the FBI to seize virtually every piece of paper in Donald Trump’s house, whether or not it had ever been classified.
They took Roger Stone’s clemency order, for example. This had been featured on the Washington Post’s front page, so it was probably not a secret. Apparently, the feds even walked off with Donald Trump’s passports preventing him from leaving the country. Whatever else this raid was about, it wasn’t about the Presidential Records Act. This explanation is absurd. It’s almost as ridiculous as the claim that the White House knew nothing about the raid before it happened. Right. Please. If they’re going to lie to us, they ought to try a little harder. So what was this raid all about? Well, we’re keeping track. So, here’s the second explanation they gave us.
JOE SCARBOROUGH Now with Donald Trump, suddenly, when we’re talking about the possibility of nuclear weapons, classified documents of the highest classified status being stolen from the White House and taken to Mar-a-Lago.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI This is just a reminder that the Justice Department may be a little concerned about nuclear secrets being rummaged around Mar-a-Lago.
SCARBOROUGH: Two words for my friend. Two words. “Nuclear secrets.”
What! What about nuclear secrets? Nuclear secrets are classified at the highest level. Ultra-secret nuclear secrets. Donald Trump stole them. America is in danger tonight, ladies and gentlemen. This was their new explanation for raid. Now, the revised storyline was leaked anonymously and complied with by a press corps. As you just saw it repeated every word as if it were verifiable fact.
Yet again, no one has bothered to explain what these nuclear secrets might look like. What’s a nuclear secret exactly and what did Trump plan to do with them? Did he have a plan to go to Moscow and give the launch codes to Vladimir Putin? Or to start his own rogue nation in the Bahamas. Nobody said, but that didn’t stop former CIA director Michael Hayden from suggesting that Donald Trump should be executed, fried to death in the electric chair, for committing these crimes, whatever these crimes were. We still don’t know.
There weren’t a lot of facts floating around. There still aren’t, but there was a reason for that. They couldn’t tell you the whole story. They couldn’t release all the documents because that would jeopardize American national security. So instead, you’re just going to have to trust them and of course, you’re going to have to listen to their outrage. There was a lot. There was much huffing and puffing on television about what is called the rule-of-law and how absolutely no one can be above it. None. Not even a former president.
We’re informed of this by the same people who paid rioters to burn down our cities, the ones who eliminated bail, the ones who encouraged tens of millions of foreign nationals to ignore our federal immigration statutes and move to our country permanently at public expense as a reward for breaking our laws, but keep in mind, no one is above the law. Joe Scarborough was the one who said this. He was accused of murder while serving as a member in Congress and yet somehow moved seamlessly to MSNBC without being charged or investigated. No one is above law. Keep that in mind.
In the days that followed the raid, there was a lot of posturing. But none of it was very effective because again, it didn’t make sense. Even propaganda must add up. Two plus two equals nine doesn’t convince anybody.
Are nuclear secrets secret? If the Biden administration truly believed that, and if Donald Trump had documents that posed an immediate danger to American national security then you have to wonder why they waited a year and half to do anything about this. Why did they wait until the 90-day mark before a midterm election, which polls show they will lose, to act? It doesn’t make, oh, wait, actually, it does make sense.
The question is actually easy to answer. Contrary to what it seems, the raid on Mar-a-Lago did not represent law enforcement. It was actually the opposite. It was an attack upon the rule of laws. It was a power grab. As Matt Boose put it recently, in American Greatness, the raid on Trump’s home “was exactly what it looks like, a show of force against the opposition leader by the head of state and his personal bodyguards. If this happened in, any other country would immediately be denounced as the act of a dictator.”
That’s true, but it’s hard to hear those words anyway. As an American, you don’t want to believe it and yet here are the essential facts. The same week the Biden White House announced that Joe Biden will definitely seek a second term as president, the same week, the Biden Justice Department launched an armed raid against Biden’s main rival in that same presidential election. That’s what happened. For a moment, pause. What would you do if The New York Times informed you that something similar was happening in Chad or Gambia?
You’d probably say to yourself, “Thank God I don’t live in a place like that, a country where politicians used armed men to cling to power.” Oh, but you do live in a country like that. You do. There is evidence all around us. We just don’t want to see it.