Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Tucker Carlson Over Jan. 6 Footage at the Oscars


Comedian and host of the 95th Academy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel, used part of the show to take a jab at Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

After the award for Best Editing was revealed on Sunday, Kimmel returned to the stage and took aim at Carlson.

“Anyone who’s ever received a text message from their father knows how important editing is,” he said.

The host went on, “Editors do amazing things. Editors can turn 44,000 hours of violent insurrection footage into a respectful sightseeing tour of the Capitol. Their work is underappreciated.”

The audience laughed in response.

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His comments come after Carlson released some of the 40,000 hours of footage from the Jan. 6 riot. The Fox host focused on one part of the footage, which appeared to show law enforcement walking with the so-called “QAnon Shaman” in the Capitol and declining to stop him.

“The tapes show the Capitol police never stopped Jacob Chansley. They helped him. They acted as his tour guides,” Carlson insisted.

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He added, “If he was in the act of committing such a grave crime, why didn’t the officers standing right next to him place him under arrest?” 

Carlson also claimed a “small percentage” of “hooligans” engaged in vandalism.

He went on:

“They were peaceful, they were orderly and meek. These were not insurrectionists. They were sightseers. Footage from inside the Capitol overturns the story you have heard about January 6. Protesters cue up in neat little lines. They give each other tours outside the speaker’s office. They take cheerful selfies and they smile. They are not destroying the Capitol. They obviously revere the Capitol.”

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Four people died that day: one died of a stroke, one died of a heart attack, and one is believed to have died as they were crushed in a rush of people. And Ashli Babbitt was shot while trying to enter the House chamber.

Officer Brian Sicknick, of the Capitol Police, died of a stroke on Jan. 7 after being attacked by the mob. The Washington medical examiner ruled he died of natural causes but added, “All that transpired played a role in his condition.”

Additionally, Officer Jeffrey Smith of the Metropolitan Police Department and Officer Howard Liebengood of the Capitol Police died of suicide after the attack.

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