'Mueller Dashed Their Dreams': Tucker Takes on Left's Reaction to End of Russia Probe
Tucker Carlson took on the media and Democrats' reaction to the end of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's two-year investigation, which did not find evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.
Carlson said CNN, MSNBC and many Democrats portrayed Mueller as a "moral hero" who would soon uncover incriminating evidence against Trump and his family.
"The only question was where on the National Mall to build his statue. Everyone agreed it should be at least as big as Lincoln's," he said, explaining that viewership plummeted on CNN and MSNBC when the news broke on Sunday.
"They promised their audience a conspiracy and when the conspiracy evaporated, so did their viewers."
He went on to highlight new rhetoric from Democrats, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who said his view has not changed because he has not seen the full Mueller report, only Attorney General Bill Barr's summary of the findings. Booker called Barr "suspect" and said nothing can be concluded yet.
Meantime, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) stood by his claims of collusion, challenging those who disagree to sue him and claiming on Fox News that the Steele dossier is factual.
CNN's Chris Cuomo refused to apologize for his past coverage when challenged to do so in an interview with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Carlson noted that CNN anchor Don Lemon chose to emphasize that Barr said the findings did not "exonerate" President Trump on the question of obstruction of justice.
Mueller's report did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, and left that decision to Barr and officials at the DOJ -- who determined there was insufficient evidence.
Later in the show, Carlson reviewed the media's Trump-Russia coverage with The Federalist's Sean Davis, who wrote that it was an "absolute catastrophe."
Carlson said some on the left seem to agree with that criticism, but the heads of the top media organizations seem unwilling to admit it.
Davis said outlets like CNN and MSNBC moved to a daily strategy after Trump's election to "ratchet up the hysteria to get people completely freaked out."
"They did a huge disservice to their audience and to the country with their antics and their conspiracy spreading," he said.
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