Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman Says Tucker Carlson 'Demonizes and Hates the United States'

Retired Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman accused Tucker Carlson of anti-American rhetoric on Saturday, saying the Fox News host's attacks on Capitol police credibility over January 6 demonizes the U.S.

Last month, Carlson verbally attacked Black Capitol police officer Harry Dunn—who was among the first people to testify before a House committee created to probe the January 6 riot—casting doubt on Dunn's ability to be an impartial witness by citing past social media posts.

Vindman, a crucial witness to former President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, told CNN's Newsroom that "it's interesting to hear folks like Tucker Carlson demonize and hate the United States, because that's what he's doing, he's hating the United States."

“It’s interesting to hear folks like Tucker Carlson demonize and hate the United States…”

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"I would just ask the American public to take a look around. Does it look anything like the world that Tucker Carlson portrays? Or Donald Trump portrays? Yes, I get the fact that Newsmax and Fox News are declaring this country as falling apart. But walk the streets. It's not like that," he said.

"We have problems, we have challenges that we can overcome together but we're still the best country in the world, and we do that together."

Newsweek reached out to Fox News for comment. This story will be updated with any response.

Carlson's criticism of Dunn stemmed from a tweet shared by the officer in 2019 about systemic racism in the U.S.

"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," the Fox news host said on his show, Tucker Carlson Tonight. "Dunn is an angry, left-wing political activist."

Dunn's lawyers, David H. Laufman and Mark S. Zaid, quickly condemned Carlson following the attack. "Tonight Fox News allowed its host Tucker Carlson, who has not served a day in uniform, whether military or law enforcement, to criticize the heroism and service of African-American U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn," they wrote in a statement.

"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 added.

Last Tuesday, Dunn described the racism that he faced while defending the U.S. Capitol building from insurrectionists on January 6 as he testified before the congressional committee investigating the deadly incident. He recalled several rioters calling him the N-word.

"There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking professional counseling," he said. "What we all went through that day was traumatic, and if you are hurting, please take advantage of the counseling services that are available to us."

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, National Security Council Director for European Affairs, departs after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images