Tucker Carlson has come under fire for calling a black cop who defended the Capitol from rioters on January 6 an ‘angry left-wing political activist’.
The Fox News host attacked Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn during his show Wednesday night as the cop prepares to testify on the events of the day before a House committee next week.
‘On Tuesday, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi will call on police officer Harry Dunn,’ said Carlson.
‘Dunn will pretend to speak for the country’s law enforcement community, but it turns out Dunn has very little in common with your average cop. Dunn is an angry, left-wing political activist.’
Carlson faced a backlash over his comments, including from Dunn who claimed many of the rioters were ‘Carlson’s supporters.’
Tucker Carlson has sparked an outcry for calling a black cop who defended the Capitol from rioters on January 6 an ‘angry left-wing political activist’ on Wednesday’s show (above)
Carlson found a 2019 social media post by Dunn where the black officer denounced racism and showed his support of Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.
‘Racism is so American, that when you protest it, people think that you are protesting America! #RacistInChief #racism #leaveittowhitestotellblackswhatisntracist #IStandWithIlhanOmar #squad,’ read the tweet from July 18 2019.
Dunn, who has claimed the MAGA mob called him the n-word during the Capitol riot, fired back at the Fox News host over his comments.
In a statement from his lawyers, Dunn accused Carlson of not wanting ‘the truth to emerge of what happened that day and why’.
‘Tonight Fox News allowed its host Tucker Carlson, who has not served a day in uniform, whether military or law enforcement, to criticise the heroism and service of African-American US Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn,’ his attorneys David H Laufman and Mark S Zaid said in a statement.
‘Our client has served 13 years in law enforcement and on January 6, 2021, fought against an insurrectionist violent crowd – no doubt many of them Carlson’s supporters – to protect the lives of our elected officials, including Vice President Pence.’
The attorneys said Dunn puts his life on the line protecting lawmakers from both political parties every day as an officer.
Tucker Carlson attacks Harry Dunn, a black Capitol Police officer who was attacked by rioters during the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“Harry Dunn has very little in common with your average cop. Dunn is an angry left-wing political activist.” pic.twitter.com/EfnXWi3ZKz
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 22, 2021
Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn (left) and Michael Fanone, a Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer, leave a meeting with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy at the Capitol in June. Carlson attacked Dunn during his show Wednesday night
Dunn was one of the officers who protected lawmakers and the Capitol from rioters on January 6 (seen above)
‘Officer Dunn, who would lay down his life to protect a Member of Congress, regardless of being a Republican or Democrat, will testify next Tuesday before the House Select Committee investigating the events of the insurrection,’ they said.
‘Frankly, the last thing Carlson wants is for the truth to emerge of what happened that day and why.’
Other people also hit out at Carlson on social media, including California congressman Eric Swalwell who tweeted that he was ‘forever grateful’ to Dunn for his service.
‘Forever grateful to officers like Harry Dunn. He put his body between lawmakers and an armed mob,’ the Democrat tweeted.
Swalwell said Dunn and the other Capitol police officers were protecting the Fox News’ host’s son during the riot.
Carlson dredged up a 2019 social media post by Dunn (above) where the black officer denounced racism and showed his support of Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar
Dunn fired back in a statement from his lawyers, accusing Carlson of not wanting ‘the truth to emerge of what happened that day and why’ and claiming many of the rioters were ‘Carlson’s supporters’
‘You know who else Officer Dunn protected…Tucker Carlson’s son, a House staffer. RT if you stand with Harry and against white supremacy,’ he added.
Carlson’s son Buckley works at the House of Representatives.
Dunn will testify on day one of the House select committee hearings on on July 27 as Democrats plow ahead with the investigation into the Capitol riot with or without bipartisan support.
Dunn told the Washington Post back in March that he and other officers of color faced racist abuse from the rioters.
He said he was personally called the n-word more than a dozen times during the riot and said black officers ‘were fighting a different fight.’
‘[Black officers] were getting attacked not just physically but verbally,’ he said. ‘That causes pain – lingering pain.’
Dozens of officers were attacked by the rioters, with more than 150 cops injured on the day.
Dunn hugs Rep. Norma Torres at the Capitol in June at a meeting including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Brian Sicknick’s mom Gladys Sicknick and partner Sandra Garza (bottom center and right) and officer Michael Fanone. Dunn said he and other officers of color faced racist abuse from the rioters
California congressman Eric Swalwell tweeted that he was ‘forever grateful’ to Dunn for his service and said he had protected the Fox News’ host’s son on January 6
One officer – Brian Sicknick – suffered two strokes and died one day after protecting the building and lawmakers from attack.
Five months later, in June, at least 17 were still out of work due to injuries sustained in the attack.
Several law enforcement members from the Capitol Police and Washington DC’s Metropolitan Police Department are expected to testify during the House hearings into the January 6 riot.
Dunn and his colleagues had initially called for a bipartisan commission into the events of the day but it failed to get enough Republican support to move forward.
The back-up plan of a select House committee is now also in turmoil.
Pelosi blocked two Republicans put forward by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy from sitting on the committee saying she needed to maintain the ‘integrity of the investigation’.
The House Speaker refused to accept Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks on the panel and asked for two others to be selected instead.
Jordan and Banks are both staunch Donald Trump supporters and pushed to overturn the election won by Joe Biden.
McCarthy then withdrew all five Republican nominees and vowed to launch a separate probe, resulting in two separate, partisan investigations.
Rioters pull over a police barrier at the Capitol on January 6. Dozens of officers were attacked by the rioters, with more than 150 cops injured on the day