Tucker Carlson rips Graham over report he told officers to shoot Jan. 6 rioters

Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonDemocrat says Tucker Carlson viewers telling his office US should side with Russia The Hill's 12:30 Report: More of Biden's agenda teeters on collapse The Hill's Morning Report: Biden takes it on the chin MORE admonished Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators huddle on Russia sanctions as tensions escalate Juan Williams: It's Trump vs. McConnell for the GOP's future Biden's year two won't be about bipartisanship  MORE (R-S.C.) for reportedly imploring police officers to shoot supporters of former President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE who breached the U.S. Capitol during the attack there on Jan. 6. 

"Shoot American citizens for the crime of trespassing? Really? This is the conservative position?" Carlson asked Monday during a segment on his nightly prime-time show. "Unarmed protesters show up ... look, they shouldn't have been there. We never defended that and never would. But kill them? What the hell is wrong with you, Lindsey Graham? How long before you're ordering drone attacks on people whose politics you don't like?"  
 
Fox's top-rated host was referencing a report in The Washington Post published this week that investigated the events that led to the Jan. 6 attack. The report revealed that, during the rioting, a panicked Graham told the Senate sergeant at arms to use guns to stop people who had breached the building.
 
“We give you guns for a reason,” Graham told the Senate sergeant at arms, the Post reported. “Use them.”
 
 
Graham separately spoke over the phone to Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpAre the legal walls closing in on Donald Trump? WATCH: Weekend stories you might have missed Jan. 6 probe roils Cheney race in Wyoming MORE, the former president's daughter and a top White House adviser at the time of the incident, telling her, "You need to get these people out of here." 
 
"This thing is going south. This is not good," Graham reportedly told Ivanka Trump. "You’re going to have to tell these people to stand down. Stand down.”
 
Donald Trump released a video on his social media feeds later on Jan. 6 telling rioters to “go home in peace." 
 
Carlson has taken widespread criticism in recent days about an upcoming mini-series on the Jan. 6 rioting that has been produced for "Tucker Carlson Originals."
 
The streaming-only series, which Carlson promoted on his show on Monday, purports to tell "the true story behind 1/6" and shows at least one interviewee suggesting the Jan. 6 incident was a so-called false flag operation carried out by the U.S. government. 
 
 
"Until yesterday [Cheney] and Nancy Pelosi had a monopoly on how Americans were allowed to understand Jan. 6. Unfortunately for them, that’s not how a free society works. Politicians don’t get to put parameters around your thoughts or conversations. Free people are allowed to ask any question they want," Carlson said last week in response to the criticism from Cheney and others.
 
"They can follow the facts to their own logical conclusions and that’s exactly what we set out to do months ago when we began reporting out this story."