Tucker Carlson calls Black officer attacked on Jan. 6 an 'angry left-wing political activist'

Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonBiden walks fine line with Fox News Fox News: 'Entirely unacceptable' for 'NSA to unmask Tucker Carlson' GOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto MORE cast doubt Wednesday night on the legitimacy of upcoming testimony from a Black Capitol Police officer who said rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 used racial slurs as they attacked the building. 

Carlson said Capitol Police Officer Harry 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." 

He then called Dunn an "angry left-wing political activist" whose social media feeds are filled "not surprisingly, with praise for Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe House Democrats grow frustrated as they feel ignored by Senate Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' MORE," the Speaker of the House.  


The host flashed a photo Dunn and Pelosi (D-Calif.) had taken together at the Capitol on the screen and highlighted a tweet from the police officer in July 2019 that read, "Racism is so American that when you protest it, people think you are protesting America!" 

"Harry Dunn, ladies and gentlemen," Carlson said sarcastically. "Just another fact-based witness to the insurrection." 


Dunn will be one of several witness from law enforcement who will testify before a special House panel on the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol next week. 

The officer, in media interviews since the insurrection, has said he viewed the attack carried out by supporters of former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE as motivated in part by racism. 

"They’re saying, 'Trump is our rightful president. Nobody voted for Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Republicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden on hecklers: 'This is not a Trump rally. Let 'em holler' MORE.' I needed to catch my breath. So I said, 'I voted for Joe Biden. What? My vote doesn’t matter?' "Dunn told The New York Times in February. "A woman responded, 'This [slur] voted for Joe Biden!' Everybody that was there started joining in. 'Hey, [slur]!' It was over 20 people who said it." 

Dunn's attorneys, Mark Zaid and David Laufman, took a shot at Carlson after he called Dunn's impartiality into question. 

“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 wrote, adding Carlson has never served “a day in uniform, whether military or law enforcement.”

Plans for a bipartisan commission on Jan. 6 collapsed on Tuesday when Pelosi rejected two of the GOP members tapped by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Democrats question GOP shift on vaccines Has Trump beaten the system? MORE (R-Calif.) serve on the panel. McCarthy responded by pulling the rest of his members from serving on the panel, which is slated to hold its first hearing next week.