Fox Information host Tucker Carlson called a Black police officer who stated he was referred to as the N-term whilst defending the Capitol on Jan. 6 an “angry, remaining-wing political activist” on Wednesday.
In April, Capitol police Officer Harry Dunn explained to “The ReidOut” host Joy Reid that Black officers fought a “various” battle than everybody else as they endured both of those actual physical trauma and racist slurs while fending off supporters of previous President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol.
Dunn is among the first men and women set to testify on July 27 right before a new Household committee made to investigate the Capitol riot. Forward of Dunn’s testimony, Carlson verbally attacked the officer’s impartiality as a witness, citing past social media posts that included Democratic lawmakers.
“Dunn will pretend to discuss for the country’s law enforcement neighborhood, but it turns out Dunn has quite very little in common with your common cop,” Carlson said on his display. “Dunn is an offended, left-wing political activist.”
Backlash on social media was swift.
“Without end grateful to officers like Harry Dunn,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., tweeted on Wednesday. “He put his system concerning lawmakers and an armed mob.”
Dunn’s attorneys also responded, submitting a lenghty statement on Twitter.
“Tonight Fox News permitted its host Tucker Carlson, who has not served a day in uniform, regardless of whether armed service or regulation enforcement, to criticize the heroism and assistance of African-American U.S. Capitol Law enforcement Officer Harry Dunn,” David H. Laufman and Mark S. Zaid claimed in the assertion.
“Our consumer has served 13 years in regulation enforcement and on January 6, 2021, fought against an insurrectionist violent group — no question a lot of of them Carlson’s supporters — to safeguard the lives of our elected officers, together with Vice President Pence,” they said.
The attorneys additional Dunn would “lay down his daily life to guard a Member of Congress, regardless of being a Republican or Democrat,” and would proceed to testify next Tuesday.
Dunn and other Capitol officers have all aggressively lobbied for a bipartisan commission to look into the Jan. 6 riot, but laws to kind the panel fell small of the 60 votes necessary to move ahead.
Much more than 500 individuals have been criminally charged 6 months right after the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol to cease Congress from formally accepting the Electoral College votes that shipped November’s election to President Joe Biden. The riot still left five folks lifeless, which includes Capitol law enforcement Officer Brian Sicknick.
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.