December 6, 2022

Fox News's Tucker Carlson claimed that Twitter doing due diligence on the Hunter Biden laptop story equates to a crime and the subversion of the First Amendment, even though no crime was committed nor was any government agency was involved.

(Philip Bump wrote a great piece detailing why the beltway media put the brakes on the aforementioned laptop story.)

On Friday, right-wing troll Elon Musk released Twitter correspondence about the Hunter Biden laptop. In response, even many conservatives said it was a nothing burger of a story and revealed nothing new. No smoking gun, but there were some dick pics thrown in for good measure.

However, the MAGA cult decided to go all in. Tucker Carlson opened his Monday evening program by declaring the 2020 presidential election was stolen from conservatives.

"We learned on Friday, is that Big tech works aggressively and in secret with government agencies to subvert the outcome of what the rest of us assumed is free and fair elections," Carlson said. "During the 2020 election, Twitter did this with the help of the FBI. Committing censorship on behalf of one candidate and hurting the other."

"It is hard to imagine a more brazen attack on the democracy than this," Carlson whined.

(I spit out my Gatorade Zero at this point.)

"What Twitter did is a violation of the First Amendment as well as established campaign finance law. They never declared those contributions to the Biden campaign. That's a crime,' he said.

Huh? Social media companies are not "a free and independent press." No crime was committed except having to sit through another Carlson unhinged rant.

Where to begin?

Russia's use of social media to help Trump win the 2016 election was an assault on US Democracy.

When all US intelligence agencies verified it, Trump threw a fit and defended Vladimir Putin and Russia.

Trump sending Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine as a shadow State Department to force the newly elected president to either dig up dirt or say he was investigating candidate Joe Biden for political gain was an attack on US democracy. Worse, it was from a sitting president.

Concocting and approving several illegitimate plans to overthrow the 2020 election after being defeated on November 3, culminating in Trump supporters violently attacking the US Capitol on January 6, which was aided by Trump, was the first time an attempted coup took place on US soil.

That was a horrible example of "a brazen attack on US democracy."

But sure, social media companies being highly skeptical of a laptop that was in Rudy Giuliani's hands two weeks before an election, was worse.

Grow the f**k up, Tucker.

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