When I woke up this morning and tuned in to podcaster and former Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s interview with comedienne Chrissie Mayr, I knew she would be stirring up controversy on social media. As usual, I was right.
Kelly is now the target of all kinds of criticism and faux outrage coming from the left because she called out what most of us already know to be true: The left exaggerated the impact of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol for political purposes. The activist media didn’t take long to publish pearl-clutching reports about her remarks.
During the conversation, Kelly argued that “the media represented this as so much worse than it actually was.”
We’ve all seen the video of people, like, screaming in the face of cops, being totally disparaging, and defecating on the floor of the U.S. Capitol, and lawmakers were understandably afraid, not like [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying] ‘I need therapy for the rest of my life’ afraid, but I could understand it, and I didn’t like seeing it at all.
Kelly also pointed out that the majority of the crowd that was present at the Capitol did not engage in the rioting or looting. She stated that the bulk of the group “got tarred by the actions of some losers who went a different way” and that “any bad behavior gets attributed to the entire group of Trump supporters.”
During the conversation, Kelly played a clip of MSNBC pundit Matthew Dowd claiming that the Jan. 6 riot was “worse” than the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Dowd argued the riot was “worse than 9/11 because it’s continued to rip our country apart and give permission for people to pursue autocratic means.”
The former Fox anchor was sharply criticized by high-profile leftists who accused her of “downplaying” the riot at the Capitol. Activist Malynda Hale tweeted that Kelly “saying the media made January 6th look worse than it actually was is right on brand.”
Megyn Kelly saying the media made January 6th look worse than it actually was is right on brand. This is coming from the same person that said Jesus was white. People like her often like to rewrite history so the worst of situations seem like a birthday party. Not surprised.
— Malynda Hale (@MalyndaHale) July 13, 2021
California Representative Ted Lieu (D) also lashed out on Twitter, claiming that after reviewing videos and evidence that “the most accurate way I can say this is that you have no idea what you are talking about.”
Dear Megyn Kelly: I reviewed a lot of videos and evidence for the second impeachment trial. The most accurate way I can say this is that you have no idea what you are talking about. 140 police officers were injured, some critically. People died. Why are you downplaying Jan 6? https://t.co/u8Glp2Yp8u
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 13, 2021
But, what the left is hoping we forget is the fact that Dowd is not the only one pretending that the Capitol riot was as devastating as 9/11. USA Today published a piece claiming that Republicans are a bigger threat than the 9/11 hijackers. Not to be outdone, President Joe Biden called the incident the “worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”
The Metro Times published a piece also claiming that the Capitol riots were worse than the 9/11 terror attacks. These are only a few examples of leftists and activist media outlets pretending that the Capitol riots were worse than they actually were.
The point Kelly seemed to be making was that the riot was a horrible incident that deserves condemnation. But the left is clearly exploiting it for political purposes, which is why they want their audience to believe that the actions of the rioters on Jan. 6 were as bad or worse than flying planes into the Twin Towers.
Indeed, those conjuring 9/11 to use it as a political cudgel against the right are diminishing the experiences of those who were impacted by the tragedy. It is doubtful that any of these leftists would tell the families of those who died on that day and after that the attacks were nothing worse than a bunch of people destroying government property.
This is yet another story demonstrating that the media will go to any lengths to push their propaganda even when they know they are being dishonest. This is the reason why they reacted so viscerally to Kelly’s comments. No sane person believes that Jan. 6 was as bad as 9/11. But by using one of the most traumatic events in American history, they hope they can paint conservatives as being on par with murderous terrorists. However, it does not appear that this particular strategy is working out too well.