Tucker Carlson opened his show on Monday night with a lengthy rant about Susan Rice, who he referred to as “in the lead” for Joe Biden’s vice presidential slot. But he didn’t just go after Rice — he also brought up a favored conservative conspiracy topic, the 2012 attack on the a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, to make the case against Rice.
“When the US consulate in Benghazi was destroyed in 2012 Rice herself said something that was actually crazy. She blamed that attack on online video. Once again, Rice knew when she said it, it wasn’t true but she said it anyway,” Carlson claimed.
Then “Tucker Carlson Tonight” pulled up a series of clips of Rice — all from Sept. 16, 2012 — in which she said that the attack on the American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi resulted from a spontaneous protest that was in response to an anti-Muslim YouTube video, “Innocence of Muslims.”
After the clip, Tucker got sarcastic.
“It was heinous. It was offensive. It was hateful. This video which dared criticize radical Islam. People saw this, they were so offended that they justifiably rose up and started shooting Americans. That was the implication in what she said,” Tucker railed.
“But Rice knew that was a lie when she said it. she knew the attack in Benghazi was not spontaneous. It wasn’t based in outrage and it was not staged in response to that or any other video. she knew that because her own intelligence reports made it perfectly clear. But it was an election year, and Rice said what she had to say.”
Tucker’s assessment here is off. Rice’s talking points about the video came directly from a CIA memo about the attack, and the video had sparked huge protests at American consulates all over the world.
Nonetheless, Tucker went on.
“By the way, the man who actually made the video, the ‘heinous offensive, hateful’ video, was a Coptic Christian. he was arrested after Rice’s appearances on television. He was jailed without bail. It was a purely political prosecution of the kind the rest of us reassure ourselves doesn’t happen in this country, but unfortunately, sometimes does,” Tucker claimed. “Whatever happened to that man? No one checked. We did today. Four years later he was living in a homeless shelter. His life was completely destroyed.
“Susan Rice has never apologized to him. Doesn’t appear to have even looked back. That’s a moral crime.”
The man in question, Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, was on probation for bank fraud at the time. He was jailed because he lied to investigators about the video, which was a violation of his probation.
You can watch the portion of Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in which he complains about Benghazi and Susan Rice again in the video embedded up at the top of this article.