Tucker Carlson Calls Mitch McConnell 'An Instrument of the Left'

Fox News' Tucker Carlson accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of being an instrument for the left on his show on December 9.

Carlson said McConnell behaved "viciously" and intentionally made plans to ensure that Republican event planner Tim Unes did not organize the funeral for former senator Bob Dole, who died this week.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that the Elizabeth Dole Foundation cut ties with Unes after he was subpoenaed by the January 6 committee.

During his show, Carlson said: "If you don't live in DC you probably haven't heard the name but Tim Unes is a Republican event planner in Washington.

"For 25 years he helped organize appearances for senator Bob Dole and his wife senator Elizabeth Dole. He was close to the family.

"When Bob Dole died last week, Unes was the obvious choice to manage the funeral and the memorial service.

"He would have done that if Mitch McConnel hadn't gotten personally involved."

Carlson then accused McConnell of purposefully attempting to destroy the reputation of Unes.

Carlson continued: "Technically Mitch McConnell is the Republican leader of the United States Senate. But in real life, everyone in Washington knows this, on the issues that matter, Mitch McConnell is an instrument of the left.

"McConnell knew that Tim Unis had helped organize Donald Trump's political rally in Washington this January.

"There is nothing illegal or immoral in doing that, if anything it is constitutionally protected behavior. It is organizing a political rally, it is why we have the Bill of Rights.

"But the partisan lunatics on the January 6 committee don't acknowledge the Bill of Rights and they object to this and then Mitch McConnell aggressively took their side as he has from the very beginning."

Carlson also said this was a "vicious" thing to do and stemmed from McConnell not liking former President Donald Trump.

He continued: "McConnell then convinced the Dole Family to cancel Unes' contract and disinvite him from the funeral. Then McConnell made sure the story made the New York Times.

"When he did that he knew perfectly well that a piece like this would completely destroy Tim Unes' life. Unfortunately, it definitely will.

"It will mean no more corporate clients, no more business and no more income for Tim Unes.

"So even by Mitch McConnell's usual standards of viciousness, in Washington he is known as the nastiest old woman in town, this was an incredibly cruel thing to do.

"It was crushing the weak on behalf of the strong and for no real reason simply because he could and he doesn't like Trump."

Newsweek has reached out to Fox News for comment.

Tucker Carlson and Mitch McConnell
Tucker Carlson speaks during the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) Feszt on August 7, 2021 in Esztergom, Hungary. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during a congressional ceremony to honor former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan, December 9, 2021 in Washington, DC. Carlson claimed McConnell was an instrument of the Left Janos Kummer and Jabin Botsford-Pool/Getty images

Editor's Picks

Newsweek cover
  • Newsweek magazine delivered to your door
  • Unlimited access to Newsweek.com
  • Ad free Newsweek.com experience
  • iOS and Android app access
  • All newsletters + podcasts
Newsweek cover
  • Unlimited access to Newsweek.com
  • Ad free Newsweek.com experience
  • iOS and Android app access
  • All newsletters + podcasts