Tucker Carlson Hits Back, Calls CNN 'Arm of the Woke National Security State'

Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has strongly criticized CNN after several of the network's on-air hosts dismissed his suggestion that the FBI could have been involved in organizing the January 6 Capitol riot.

Carlson addressed some of the criticisms of his theory about the FBI and the Capitol riot on Friday, telling his prime-time audience that CNN was now "an arm of the woke national security state."

The Fox News host has faced significant backlash since first floating the idea on his Tuesday show. Citing reporting from Revolver News, Carlson suggested that unnamed, unindicted co-conspirators from the riot could be FBI agents. However, he has doubled down on the idea.

On Friday, Carlson pointed to comments from CNN hosts Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, John Berman, and Brianna Keilar as well as Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger.

All of them had criticized Carlson on CNN.

Carlson appeared to criticize CNN for not disproving his theory about unindicted co-conspirators and the FBI.

"And then just to make it totally obvious that CNN now functions as an arm of the woke national security state, which they do, the channel then invited on the former assistant director of the FBI, a man called Chris Swecker, to reassure viewers that the FBI did absolutely nothing wrong on January 6," Carlson told his audience.

"Not one bad thing. Trust us. And, of course, CNN does trust the FBI. The FBI's word is good enough for them."

Carlson pointed to a report from CNN's Anderson Cooper about an undercover FBI agent who was in communication with a shooter in an attack in Garland, Texas in 2015 and was present at the attack but fled when it began and was apprehended by local police. A lawsuit alleging FBI involvement in the attack was dismissed in 2018.

"So tell us again how the FBI would never have anything to do with the attack on the capitol on January 6? " Carlson said.

"What you just saw were some of the counter-terrorism tactics the FBI adopted after 9/11. All of us saw it happen. Now the bureau has changed its focus. It's no longer going after Islamic extremism. It's now going after Joe Biden's political opponents – those are the domestic terrorists they've been telling you about. This is a nightmare, it's a nightmare for civil liberties, it's a threat to democracy itself. We should have seen it coming. We didn't."

CNN's Brianna Keilar strongly criticized Carlson's suggestion about January 6 on the network's New Day program on Friday.

"Fox's B.S. ringmaster Tucker Carlson, this week, breathing air into this false flag conspiracy theory that originated from a right-wing website that has been flagged by social media for being B.S.," Keilar said.

"This conspiracy theory is based on references to unindicted co-conspirators and several indictments against Capitol rioters. Legal analysts like Elie Honig, and anyone who you'll talk to of any legal merit, have called this legally impossible," she said.

Newsweek has asked CNN for comment.

Tucker Carlson Speaking in D.C. in 2019
Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses 'Populism and the Right' during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Carlson has faced criticism for suggesting the FBI was involved in organizing the Capitol riot. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images