Fox News host Tucker Carlson called a black police officer who said he was called the N word as he defended the Capitol on January 6 as an “angry leftist political activist” on Wednesday.
In April, Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn told “The ReidOut” host Joy Reid that black officers have fought a “different” battle than everyone else because they have suffered both. physical trauma and racist slurs while pushing back supporters of former President Donald Trump who stormed Capitol Hill. .
Dunn is among the first people to testify on July 27 before a new House committee set up to investigate the Capitol Riot. Prior to Dunn’s testimony, Carlson verbally attacked the officer’s impartiality as a witness, citing earlier social media posts involving Democratic lawmakers.
“Dunn will claim to speak for the law enforcement community across the country, but it turns out Dunn has very little in common with your average cop,” Carlson said on his show. “Dunn is an angry leftist political activist. “
The backlash on social media was swift.
“Always grateful to officers like Harry Dunn”, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., tweeted Wednesday. “He put his body between lawmakers and an armed mob.”
Dunn’s attorneys also responded, issuing a lengthy statement on Twitter.
“Tonight Fox News allowed its host Tucker Carlson, who hasn’t spent a single day in uniform, whether military or police, to criticize the heroism and service of the African American police officer. of the US Capitol Harry Dunn, “David H. Laufman and Mark S Zaid said in the statement.
“Our client served 13 years in law enforcement and on January 6, 2021 fought a violent insurgent mob – undoubtedly many Carlson supporters – to protect the lives of our elected officials, including Vice President Pence, ”they said.
Lawyers added that Dunn “would give his life to protect a member of Congress, whether Republican or Democrat,” and would continue to testify next Tuesday.
Dunn and other Capitol Hill officers have all pressed aggressively for a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 riot, but legislation to form the panel failed to secure the 60 votes needed to go from there ‘before.
More than 500 people have been criminally charged six months after pro-Trump mobs stormed the Capitol to prevent Congress from formally accepting Electoral College votes that delivered the November election to President Joe Biden . The riot left five people dead, including Capitol Hill cop Brian Sicknick.
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.