Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday attempted to confuse his viewers as he downplayed the clear and present danger of the conspiracy cult QAnon. Carlson’s comments prompted a forceful response from Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) who accused Carlson of failing to “accept reality.”
“Next step in the whitewash: ‘who is this ‘Q’ of which you speak?’ There is no website!’ Deny, plead ignorance, misdirect … is there any question why people are confused? Quit lying, accept reality and use your energy to make us a better country,” Kinzinger wrote on Twiter in response to Carlson’s baseless claims.
The Illinois Republican also included the hashtags #Country1st and #restoreourgop appearing to acknowledge the intraparty divisions the Republican Party is left battling in the aftermath of Trump’s presidency.
Kinzinger’s remarks came as Carlson attempted to downplay the dangers of the QAnon conspiracy theory.
“Who is lying to America in ways that are certain to make us hate each other and certain to destroy our core institutions?” Carlson asked. “Well, none of the above, actually. It wasn’t Marjorie Taylor Greene. It was cable news. It was politicians talking on TV, they’re the ones spreading disinformation to Americans. Maybe they are from QAnon.”
Carlson, one of Trump’s devout supporters, also targeted CNN claiming the widely watched news platform is a “disinformation network more powerful than QAnon and far more destructive.”
Watch Carlson’s segment and Kinzinger’s response below.
Tucker Carlson: "We spent all day trying to locate the famous QAnon, which in the end we learned is not even a website. If it's out there, we could not find it" pic.twitter.com/mLESlsxURO
— Kat Abu (@abughazalehkat) February 24, 2021
Next step in the whitewash: “who is this ‘Q’ of which you speak? There is no website!” Deny, plead ignorance, misdirect… is there any question why people are confused? Quit lying, accept reality and use your energy to make us a better country. #Country1st #restoreourgop https://t.co/mYT4OAhmY8
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) February 24, 2021