Fox News host Tucker Carlson calls QAnon followers 'gentle' patriots - 2021-03-06
Followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory are "gentle people waving American flags", Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed on Friday night – two months since many joined a mob that stormed the US Capitol seeking to overturn Donald Trump's election defeat, a riot in which five people died.
"Do you ever notice," Carlson asked his primetime audience, "how all the scary internet conspiracy theorists – the radical QAnon people – when you actually see them on camera or in jail cells, as a lot of them now are, are maybe kind of confused with the wrong ideas, but they're all kind of gentle people now waving American flags? They like this country."
Five people died as a direct result of the Capitol attack, one a police officer struck with a fire extinguisher, one a Trump supporter shot by law enforcement. The Trump supporter, Ashli Babbitt, was reported to have followed internet conspiracy theories including QAnon.