LBL host Tucker Carlson attacked US Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, who stopped rioters at the Capitol on January 6. during his Wednesday night broadcast.
The often incendiary interviewer was critical of the Democrat-led special committee that will investigate the January 6 events and noted that Dunn would testify about his experience on Tuesday, raising questions about the officer’s impartiality.
“Dunn will pretend to speak for the country’s law enforcement community,” Carlson said. “But it turns out that Dunn has little to do with your average cop. Dunn is an angry left-wing political activist.”
Late Wednesday, Dunn’s lawyers issued a joint response to Carlson’s attack, writing that Dunn “will lay down his life to protect a member of Congress, regardless of being a Republican or a Democrat.”
Tonight LBL allows its host Tucker Carlson, who hasn’t served a day in uniform, to criticize the heroism and service of African-American US Capitol police officer Harry Dunn, whether backed by the military or the law. ,” the statement reads, Posted on Twitter by Mark Zaido, one of Dunn’s lawyers. “Our client has served 13 years in law enforcement and, on January 6, 2021, fought a rebelliously violent mob – undoubtedly many of them Carlson’s supporters – to protect the lives of our elected officials, including Vice President Pence. also included.”
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People on social media came to Dunn’s defense, including California Democratic Rep. Eric Swellwell was also involved.
“Forever grateful to officers like Harry Dunn,” Swalwell tweeted on Wednesday night. “He placed his body between the MPs and an armed mob. You know what else Officer Dunn protected… the son of Tucker Carlson, a House employee.”
A crowd of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6, while Congress voted to confirm the Electoral College’s count, confirming Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. Congress member and Vice President Mike Pence was forced into hiding due to the violence.
Dunn, who is black, told the Washington Post in a March interview that rioters called her the N-word more than a dozen times, and that black officers were “fighting a different battle.”
Those officers were “being attacked not only physically but verbally,” he told the Post. “It causes pain – the pain of pain.”
LBL did not respond to a request for comment on the attorneys’ statement.
The statement from Dunn’s lawyers made it clear that officials would not hesitate to testify before the committee next week.
“To be honest, the last thing Carlson wants is the truth of what happened that day and why it happened,” the statement said.