Fox News host Tucker Carlson issued a self-righteous defense of QAnon terrorists by fearmongering about the U.S. government on Jan. 25.
Carlson was furious at Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) for introducing a bill that would ban QAnon believers and other conspiracy theorists from getting federal security clearances.
Carlson was also upset that journalist Tom Friedman exercised his First Amendment right by saying QAnon is a “real threat.”
Carlson rushed to the defense QAnon supporters only weeks after they and other right wing terrorists invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, reports Media Matters:
Listen as the geniuses explain how the single biggest threat to this country isn’t Chinese hegemony or even the coming hyperinflation, pretty much a certainty now, which was 100% caused by elite mismanagement of our economy. But no let’s not talk about that. The real threat is a forbidden idea. It’s something called QAnon…
Ooh, Mr. Tom Friedman thinks this is all pretty frightening. And he’s right, but not, as usual, for the reason he thinks. We’re watching a profound change taking place in American society and it’s happening very fast. The stakes could not be higher. There’s a clear line between democracy and tyranny, between self-government and dictatorship. And here’s what that line is. That line is your conscience. They cannot cross that. Government has every right to tell you what to do…
No democratic government can ever tell you what to think. Your mind belongs to you. It is yours and yours alone. Once politicians attempt to control what you believe, they are no longer politicians. They are by definition dictators. And if they succeed in controlling what you believe you are no longer a citizen, you are not a free man, you are a slave.