Former Clinton White House and feminist author Naomi Wolf this week issued a “formal letter of apology” to Republicans and conservatives after believing what she described as “lies” about the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach.
Wolf, who drew headlines in 2021 and 2022 for questioning official narratives about COVID-19 vaccines and lockdowns, wrote that “peaceful Republicans and conservatives as a whole have been demonized by the story told by Democrats in leadership of what happened that day” after new footage of the Capitol breach was aired by Fox News host Tucker Carlson last week. Wolf was a vocal opponent of COVID-19 lockdowns and vaccine mandates, causing Twitter’s former management to suspend her account before it was reinstated several months ago.
“Republicans, conservatives, I am sorry. I also believed wholesale so much else that has since turned out not to be as I was told it was by NPR, MSNBC and the New York Times,” Wolf wrote on Substack. “Anyone in leadership who misrepresented to the public the events of the day so as to distort the complexity of its actual history—must also be held accountable,” she wrote.
In her missive, Wolf said that newly released footage of “QAnon-Shaman” Jacob Chansley and U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick on Jan. 6 appear to go against narratives that were pushed by the mainstream and many Democrat lawmakers. The new footage appears to show officers appearing to walk Chansley through the grounds of the Capitol, while none tried to stop him or arrest him, while Sicknick, who died of a stroke a day later, was seen in a short new clip walking around and motioning protesters to leave the premises.
While she disagreed with some of Carlson’s conclusions about the footage, people don’t have to necessarily agree with his interpretation of the videos, “to conclude that the Democrats in leadership, for their own part, have cherry-picked, hyped, spun, and in some ways appear to have lied about, aspects of January 6, turning a tragedy for the nation into a politicized talking point aimed at discrediting half of our electorate.”