Tucker Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio, in New York, Thursday, March 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
If there’s one thing you can say about Tucker Carlson, its that he’s willing to go after anybody. That’s one of the reasons he’s become the most popular personality in cable news. Carlson has used his relatively new platform, coming into the spotlight after Bill O’Reilly’s departure, to push back on the status quo throughout the Trump administration, including Republican orthodoxy he feels is harming Americans.
That’s made him a bit of a pariah in some conservative circles, but I believe that Carlson says what he believes and that he should be respected for it. His rants on trade with China, for example, have been proven far more correct in recent times than many on the right gave him credit for in the past.
Enter Richard Burr, who’s currently in the midst of a firestorm involving his dumping of over $1.5 million in stock after getting a Wuhan virus briefing. Carlson took the North Carolina senator to the woodshed on his show last night.
Tucker Carlson calls for Senator Burr to resign and await prosecution for insider trading if he cannot provide a reasonable explanation for his actions. He goes on to say it appears that Senator Burr betrayed his country in a time of crisis pic.twitter.com/q7yJa5wjuA
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) March 20, 2020
You have to admire how Carlson can absolutely torch someone without so much as changing his inflection. It’s definitely a skill.
As Carlson notes, Burr didn’t just sell random stock in this instance. He specifically sold hotel stock, which says that he knew exactly what he was doing (hotels are obviously facing a crisis right now with little travel going on). Instead of going out and warning the world of what he had heard in the briefing, Burr continued to put on a happy face about the economic outlet. Meanwhile, he was ensuring he had millions in the bank as the pandemic grew. While others like Sen. Kelly Loeffler claim their sell-offs were part of a blind trust (i.e. not in their control), Burr has offered no good explanation at all, which signals there isn’t one.
It should also be noted that Burr is the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. In that role, Burr has done absolutely nothing to get to the bottom of the FISA abuse that occurred against Carter Page, nor has he looked into the myriad of evidence of FBI malfeasance dealing with the Trump campaign.
Burr has been far less than worthless as chair of Senate Intel. The only thing his committee is known for other than perpetuating the Russia collusion hoax is the arrest of a staffer for lying about leaks against Carter Page. https://t.co/3poO4N9A17
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 20, 2020
Burr has few allies at this point outside of the beltway establishment. We’ll see who’s willing to rally around him.
Of course, there’s always the possibility that he has a verifiable explanation for all this. But until he brings that forth, he deserves all the heat he’s getting. His actions appear to be a gross abuse of power and he should resign sooner rather than later unless he provides some convincing answers.