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All our leaders do is set us against each other. They staged a never-ending national cock fight for their profit and amusement. But we’re not going to play along. we will love our neighbors relentlessly in spite of all of it, not because they look like us, or share our political views, but we love them because they are human beings and they are Americans. Those are the bonds that tie us together, the bonds Our leaders seek to destroy. We can’t let them.

Tucker Carlson: People will not forgive weakness. That’s not a partisan point, it’s human nature.

When the mobs came they abandon us. Good evening and welcome to Tucker Carlson Tonight.

The nation went up in flames this weekend. No one in charge stood up to save America. Our leaders dithered, they coward. They openly sided with the destroyers. In many cases they had egged them on. Later they will deny doing any of this. They’re denying it now. But you know the truth, because you saw it happen. This is our nation’s collapse. When no one in authority keeps order when someone are professional class encourage violence American citizens are forced to defend themselves. They have no choice. No one else is going to defend them, they know that now. It’s possible that more people will be hurt in coming days, that would be a tragedy, but in an environment like this more violence could very well lead to a cascade of new tragedies, to something far bigger and more destructive than anything we’ve seen so far. So this isn’t over, it might simply be the beginning. We pray it isn’t. It’s hard to think clearly about anything that’s going on right now, the chaos, the destruction the relentless lying from above. It’s all too much. Americans are bewildered and they are afraid that most of all they are filled with rage, angrier than they have ever been. The worst keep our society has taken control. They did nothing to build this country, now they are tearing it down. They’re rushing us toward mass suicide. So how do we respond? We must protect ourselves and our families. Once again, we have no choice but to do that. But we cannot allow ourselves to become like they are. We are not animals. We are Americans. In the face of such indecency we must resolve to be decent. We believe this country has a future. We intend for our children to live and thrive here. That is what we are defending. All our leaders do is set us against each other. They staged a never-ending national cock fight for their profit and amusement. But we’re not going to play along. We will love our neighbors relentlessly in spite of all of it, not because they look like us, or share our political views, but we love them because they are human beings and they are Americans. Those are the bonds that tie us together, the bonds our leaders seek to destroy. We can’t let them. We should start by being unsparingly honest about what is happening right now. Truth is our defense and it’s our country’s last hope. We plan to use tonight’s hour to create a record of this moment right now, to show you what’s really going on in your country. We feel an obligation to do that, before the facts are spun into propaganda by the liars, or the images were pulled off the internet forever, as many of them inevitably be.

We’re going to begin tonight with where my family lives and has lived for 35 years in the Northwest Quadrant of Washington DC. This is called Mac Market, is on MacArthur Boulevard which is named after General MacArthur during the war. It’s our neighborhood store. It’s walking distance from my house. People meet there every morning for coffee. Kids come after school for candy. It’s as close to a community gathering spot as we have. The market is run by the Kim family. The Kim’s are immigrants from Korea. They are revered in our neighborhood for their decency and their hard work. When they lost their son several years ago the neighbors grieved for them. The Kim’s are not politically, they never hurt anyone, they only make things better. But last night the mob came for their store. At 1 a.m. this morning Mr. Kim was kneeling alone on the sidewalk trying to salvage what he has spent his life building. Seems like this play out in hundreds of neighborhoods across this country, maybe yours. Here a few.

In Columbia South Carolina a man called the police when things begin to fall apart. Rioters saw him call, they surrounded that man and they beat him. Onlookers laughed as he was pummeled.

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In Rochester New York, a group of 8 men smashed the windows of a jewelry store. The couple who lived above the shop emerged to confront them. Both of them were viciously beaten with a ladder and a two by four.

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In Dallas a man armed with what appeared to be a sword did his best to defend a business from looters. The mob bashed him in the head with a rock and his skateboard.

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It’s hard to watch. In San Jose rioters with crowbar storm the highway and attacked vehicles trying to pull drivers from their cars.

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In Birmingham, Alabama a local reporter called Stephen Quinn was beaten and then he was robbed on live television as he tried to cover the looting.

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In Portland Oregon a man was beaten, apparently for daring to carry an American flag in public. He never released the flag. by the way.

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How many of these people died? How many were murdered by the rioters? We don’t know yet. At the least some are likely disabled for life. They were beating that badly. And then there was the mass stealing it seemed to be everywhere over the weekend. In Buckhead, an upscale part of Atlanta rioter stole a Tesla from the dealership and drove it to an indoor mall. Just to underscore how completely out of control things were, in Portland, Oregon mobs looted Louis Vuitton, Apple and Chase Bank, among many others. They often set fires as they left.

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In Chicago protesters fought systemic racism by running through a Nike store stealing shoes.

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And in Washington DC of federal city surrounded by military bases and protected at all times by the single highest concentration of law enforcement in the world, criminals operated with apparent impunity in the streets. They would have Georgetown last night. They smashed the windows in federal building. They desecrated virtually every war memorial in the city, a week after Memorial Day, and then as you likely know, last night they set fire to St John’s Episcopal Church, a 200 year old building that is welcome to every American president since James Madison, right across street from the White House. For people stuck inside, anywhere during this insanity, the sick, elderly, the powerless the experience was terrifying. Listen to this one from Minneapolis.

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So that’s what’s happening in America right now. We didn’t play all of the tape we have, there’s a lot of it. Some of the tape is too shocking, and honestly, it’s too incendiary. We understand the television is an emotional medium and we don’t want to make things worse. We’re not going to, but you get the point. The point is this is a National emergency. It’s a profound National emergency. But you would never know that from listening to our elected leaders. Almost all of them pretend this is not really happening, or if it is happening, it’s just part of America’s long tradition of vigorous political discourse. Politicians on both sides tell us what this is all about the death of a man in police custody in Minneapolis last week. The people burning down our country are “protesters”. They’are engagement legitimate protest. Okay, what exactly are those protesters demands? What are they asking for? If Congress agreed tonight to an enact their program, what would the program be? Not a single person even since it the answer because there is not an answer. No one has bothered to poll the guys beating up old ladies on the street or looting Gucci, but you got to wonder how many of them have ever even heard of George Floyd, and if they have, what difference would it make? Violence and looting are not forms of political expression. If you are killed tomorrow how many buildings would you want burn to the ground in your memory? How many old woman smashed in the face on the street in your name? None, we hope, because you’re not a vicious psychopath like the people you just watched. In fact, what we’re watching is not a political protest is the opposite of a political protest is it attack on the idea of Politics. The rioters you have seen are trying to topple our political system. That system is how we resolve our differences without using violence. But these people want a new system, one that is governed by force. Do what we say or we will hurt you. You know this, you can see it for yourself on television, and you have. But our leaders continue to lie. They tell us, that’s not true, this isn’t happening, it’s just a protest. Some Democrats have openly embraced what is happening. Really they don’t have much of a choice, these are their voters, cleaning out the Rolex store. These riots are effectively of the largest Joe Biden for president rally on record. In gratitude for that more than a dozen Joe Biden for president campaign staffers donated money to the rioters in Minneapolis and then they bragged about it on Twitter. No Democratic leader can directly criticize what is happening right now and, in fact, some have joined in. Over the weekend the Democratic party of Fairfax, Virginia, which is an important Democratic organization, released the following statement on Twitter, we’re quoting it, “Riots on an integral part of this country’s March towards progress.” Progress. Burning buildings, tear gas, dead bodies, the screaming injured, criminal anarchy, to the Democratic party of Fairfax, that is called progress. Celebrity after celebrity has weighed in to agree on social media. From his fortified compound basketball star LeBron James has used his accounts to encourage more rioting. Bernie Sanders surrogate Shaun King has done the same. So has Black Lives Matter leader, Jeroy Mckesson. Colin Kaepernick openly calls for violence here’s a quote, The cries for peace will reign down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears,” he says approvingly. Imagine shouting “fire” in a crowded theater or Theatre with 325 million people in it called our country. That’s what they’ve been doing and have been doing for days.

When the violence began, what we needed more than anything was clarity in the middle of this. It’s hard to see when the tear gas starts. Someone in America needed to tell the truth to the country. Instead almost all of our so-called conservative leaders joined the lefts chorus, as if on que. On Friday as American cities were being destroyed by mobs, the vice president United States refused to say anything specific about the riots we were watching on television. Instead, Mike Pence scolded America for it’s racism. Carly Fiorina, once a leading Republican presidential candidate, tweeted, and were quoting, It’s white America that now must see the truth, speak the truth and act on the truth. Meanwhile, Kate Cole James who is the president of the Heritage Foundation, that the largest conservative think tank in the country, you may have sent them money, hopefully for the last time. Kay Cole James wrote a long screen denouncing America as an irredeemably racist Nation. Quote. “How many times will protest have to occur. Got that, have to occur. Like the rest of us caused this by our sinfulness. The message from our leaders on the right, as on the left, was unambiguous. Don’t complain, you deserve what’s happening to you. No one jumped in more forcefully or seen the angrier at America than former South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley. Quote. “Tonight I turned on the news and am heartbroken, Haley wrote, it’s important to understand that the death of George Floyd was personal and painful for many. In order to heal it needs to be personal and painful for everyone.” But wait a second, you may be wondering, how am I quote “personally responsible” for the behavior of a Minneapolis police officer. I’ve never even been to Minneapolis, you may think to yourself, and why is some politician telling me I’m required to be upset about it. Those are all good questions. Nikki Haley did not answer those questions, explaining is not her strong suit, that would require thinking. What Nikki Haley does best is moral blackmail. During the 2016 campaign she compare Donald Trump to the racist mass murderer Dylann Roof. How is Donald Trump’s similar to a serial killer. Nikki Haley never explain that. She wasn’t trying to educate anyone. Her only goal was political advantage. Nikki Haley is exceptionally good at getting what she wants. She’s happy to denounce you as a racist in order to get it. She just did. In this case Nikki Haley’s wish came true, the riots were indeed, quote, “personal and painful” for everyone. And then the pain kept increasing. Two days after she wrote that, dozens of American cities have been thoroughly trashed, some destroy. A country already on the brink of recession suddenly faced economic collapse. An already fearful population locked down for months have been thoroughly and completely terrorized. Mission accomplished. Let’s hope Nikki Haley’s is pleased. We’ve now atoned. How did the Trump Administration respond to the horrors going on around us. Well yesterday morning the country’s National Security advisor, Robert O’Brien, did a live interview from the White House lawn. Here’s how it began,

Robert O’Brien: First thing I want to say on behalf of the President, he said this to the family, our hearts and and prayers are going out to Floyd family. I will mourn with them and agree with them and, and what happened, it was horrific. I can’t even imagine what that poor family’s going through as this video is played over and over again. That should have never happened in America, and it’s a, it’s a tragic thing. The president said that from the start and a we’re with the family, and and as a President said well with the peaceful protesters.

Tucker Carlson: We’re with the peaceful protesters, O’Brien announced. Could he be more specific about that. Who are you talking about exactly? Is it the people spitting foam as they scream “f” the police. Is the one standing next to the arsonist doing nothing as they set fire to buildings. Is it the kids laughing as they film the looting and the beatings on their iPhones. Maybe its the famous people in LA who were raising money online to support the rioters. They’re all just peaceful protesters. Yeah, we support that. It’s who we are. What about the President. Where was he during all of this? Well on Friday night after the show, Leland Vittert and a cameraman headed to Lafayette Square Washington to cover what was happening outside the White House. Here’s what happened next.

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That was in Lafayette Square in the center of our capital city and the tape raised a troubling question, if you can’t keep a Fox News correspondent from getting attacked directly across the street from your house, how can I protect my family? How are we going to protect the country? How hard are you trying? On Twitter the next morning at President assured America that he and his family were just fine, the federally funded bodyguards have kept them safe. He did not mention protecting the rest of the nation, much of which was set on fire. He seemed aware only of himself. For people who like Donald Trump, who voted for Donald Trump, who support his policies, who have defended him for years and years against the most absurd kinds of slander, this wasn’t distressing moment. The first requirement of leadership is that you watch over the people in your care. That’s what soldiers want from their officers. It’s what families need from their fathers. It’ss what voters demand from their president. People put up with almost anything if you do that. You can really say embarrassing things on television, you can hire Omarosa to work at the White House. All of that would be forgiven if you protect your people. But if you do not protect them, or worse than that, if you seem like you can’t be bothered to protect them, then you’re done, it’s over. People will not forgive weakness, that’s the one thing. By the way that is not a partisan point, it is human nature. Niro is the only whose name most people still remember. Why, because he abandoned his nation in a time of crisis, and 2000 years later, we still don’t forgive him. Donald Trump’s response to these riots, which is ongoing, is the singular test of his presidency. About an hour ago the president now so he’s going to marshall all available forces military and civilian to stop these riots.

President Trump: If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residence, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.

Tucker Carlson: Good for him. Immediately after that address the president walked over to St John’s, which is we just told you was burning fewer than 24 hours ago, and that provided a powerful symbolic gesture. It was a declaration that this country, our National symbols, are oldest institutions, will not be desecrated and defeated by nihilistic destruction. We fervently hope this all works.

What Americans want most right now is an end to this chaos. They want their cities to be safe. They want this to stop immediately. If the commander and chief cannot stop it, he will lose in November, the left will blame him for the atrocities they encouraged and some voters will agree. Donald Trump is the President, presidents save countries, that’s their job, that’s why we hire them. it’s that simple. Some key advisors around a present don’t seem to understand this, or the gravity of the moment. No matter what happens, they’ll tell you, our voters aren’t going anywhere, the trailer parks are rock solid. what choice do they have, they’ve got to vote for us. Jared Kushner, for one, has made that point out loud. No one has more contempt for Donald Trump’s voters than Jared Kushner does and no one expresses it more frequently. In 2016 Donald Trump ran as a law and order candidate because he meant it, and his views remain fundamentally unchanged today. But the president’s famously sharp instincts, the ones that won him the presidency almost four years ago, have been since subverted at every level by Jared Kushner. This is true in immigration, on foreign policy, and especially on law enforcement. As crime in this country continues to rise, Jared Kushner has led a highly aggressive effort to let more criminals out of prison and back on to the streets. This is reckless. At this moment in time, it’s insane it continues to happen. The president seems to sense this at times he seems to where he’s being led in the wrong direction. He often describes Kushner as a liberal and Kushner has convince the president that throwing open the prisons is the key to winning African American votes in the fall, and that those votes are essential to his re-election. Several times over the past few days the president has signaled that he would very much like to crack down on rioters. That is his instinct. If you watch him, you believe it. But every time he’s been talked out of it by Jared Kushner and by aids that Kushner has hired and controls. Assumption apparently is that African-American voters like looting. That is wrong. Normal Americans are all colors hate looting, obviously why wouldn’t they hate looting. Their decent people.

So what are the lessons of all that we have seen and we’ve have seen so much over the past five days? America’s going to change because of this, that is certain. What can we learn from it? What should we demand going forward? The first thing to know is that we can no longer accept race-baiting from our leaders, never. That has become so common now that we barely notice it, but it is dividing and destroying this country. We should make them stop. Yesterday, for example, Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle tweeted this and we’re quoting, “I want to acknowledge that much of the violence and destruction both here in Seattle and across the country has been instigated and perpetrated by white men.” Is that factually true? Who knows. Who cares. The skin color of criminals is totally irrelevant to how we prosecute them for the crimes they commit. It must be irrelevant, otherwise we’re committing the bigotry we claim to abhor. Its everywhere, on television and social media. Prominent people are now talking exactly like this. Not just a few crackpots, thousands of people well known people. They’re amplifying race hatred at exactly the moment that we need it the least, at the moment when it’s the most dangerous. This is Art Acevedo, Acevedo is the police chief of Houston. Houston is the fourth biggest city in this country. Acevedo’s job, his sworn duty, is to enforce the law fairly and evenly regardless of the ethnicity of the suspect. Watch this and tell us if you think he’s capable of doing that. You think he’s even interested? Here’s Art Acevedo from over the weekend.

Art Acevedo: My people, as an immigrant, you know what? We built this country. We ain’t going nowhere.We ain’t going nowhere. So you got hate in your heart for people of color, get over it. Because your city is a minority, majority city!

Tucker Carlson: My city. If a police chief of any color, any color said that, we would attack him instantly and we would mean it. It is wrong. When you run a law enforcement agency you don’t get to consider quote, “my people,” much less claiming your people deserve some kind of special consideration because they quote “built this country”. No. Your obligation is not to consider your people, but all people, and consider them equally, period. Art Acevedo is not even trying to do that. Imagine being arrested by this creep. Did you get a fair shake? There’s almost nothing that hurts America more than this. If you are worried about the rise of extremism here, and honestly you should be worried, this kind of insanity is absolutely certain to cause it. And let’s be clear, when we see extremism, we’re not talking about unconventional views that get you bounced off Twitter or scolded by the corporate HR department, we mean actual extremism, where people espouse violence against other people. Where large groups come to believe their racial identity is the most important thing about them. Now at this moment, no matter what they’re telling you, no matter what they claim for political advantage. there’s not a huge amount of that in this country, thank God. Most people still think of themselves as Americans and want to. But if the left keeps talking like this, they’re definitely will be, and very soon, and you don’t want to live here when that happens. We should demand they stop immediately. Enforcing the law is not white supremacy. Insisting that everyone in the country follows the same rules is not racism. In fact, it’s the answer to racism, it is equality. Equality under the law is the one thing we must defend, and if we don’t, it’s over, things fall apart. Weakness invites aggression, that is true in nature and it’s every bit as true in human society. Our leaders are weak, predators know it, that’s why this is happening. If you let people spray paint obscenities and City Hall pretty soon they’re overturning cop cars. If you put up with that, they’ll come right through the front door of the police precinct and they will burn it down. Next thing you know they’re beating people to death in shopping malls. And then what? What happens the next time the mob doesn’t like something. What will the mob demand next. Let’s hope we never find out, because we are close.

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