While Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson has a reputation for providing hard-hitting segments aimed at Democrats, he recently proved his willingness to call out perceived disingenuousness without regard to partisan affiliation.
During Thursday evening’s installment of his program, Carlson went after Sidney Powell, an attorney for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, for failing to back up her bold claims of election fraud with the necessary evidence, the Daily Caller reported.
“That’s a big story”
As part of a lengthy press conference on Thursday, Powell provided an update regarding ongoing election complaints and investigation. In particular, she addressed allegations of fraud involving voting machines and election software.
“One of its most characteristic features is its ability to flip votes,” she claimed, describing “an algorithm that probably ran all over the country” designed to switch Trump votes to Democratic nominee Joe Biden, according to the Daily Caller.
Powell went on to allege that the supposed scheme might not have been revealed if Trump support had not “been so overwhelming in so many of these states that it broke the algorithm that had been plugged into the system, and that’s what caused them to have to shut down in the states they shut down in.”
While the claims are clearly alarming, Carlson aired a clip of her remarks and immediately went on the attack.
“So we invited Sidney Powell on this show,” he said, according to the Daily Caller. “We would’ve given her the whole hour; we would’ve given her the entire week actually and listened quietly the whole time at rapt attention — that’s a big story.”
Instead, Carlson lamented that “she never sent us any evidence despite a lot of requests, polite requests, not a page.”
In response to the show’s repeated requests, Carlson said that Powell “got angry and told us to stop contacting her.”
He continued by insinuating that the reason the attorney had not provided evidence is that she does not have any, asserting: “When we checked with others around the Trump campaign, people in positions of authority, they told us Powell has never given them any evidence either, nor did she provided any today at the press conference.”
Acknowledging that “she’s right” to question the reliability of electronic voting, Carlson maintained that she “never demonstrated that a single actual vote was moved illegitimately by software” as she described in the previous press conference.
His remarks drew a lot of attention and criticism, including from Powell herself, who said: “Apparently Mr. Carlson missed the news conference today. I would continue to encourage him and all journalists to review all the materials we have provided so far and conduct their own investigations. Evidence continues to pour in, but a 5 minute television hit is not my focus now. Collecting evidence and preparing the case are my top priorities.”