Former Bill Clinton advisor and feminist author Naomi Wolf issued a letter of apology, titled “Dear Conservatives, I Apologize”, last week following the airing of new footage of the January 6th Capitol Riot by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
Wolf, who was skeptical of lockdowns and the Covid-19 vaccine leading to her suspension on Twitter, wrote that the Democrat Party utilized the events of January 6th for their own political gain.
“There is no way to avoid this moment. The formal letter of apology. From me. To Conservatives and to those who “put America first” everywhere,” Wolf wrote on Substack. “It’s tempting to sweep this confrontation with my own gullibility under the rug — to “move on” without ever acknowledging that I was duped, and that as a result, I made mistakes in judgement, and that these mistakes, multiplied by the tens of thousands and millions on the part of people just like me, hurt millions of other people like you all, in existential ways.”
I believed a farrago of lies,” she explained. “And, as a result of these lies, and my credulity — and the credulity of people similarly situated to me – many conservatives’ reputations are being tarnished, on false bases.”
One particular point that Wolf takes issue with was the use of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s death as a political cudgel. Sicknick, who died on January 7th, 2021 from natural causes, was used by Democrats to claim that the events of that day resulted in the death of police officers. Carlson’s footage, however, showed Sicknick alive and well following the supposed event that many Democrats had taken his life.
“There is no way to unsee Officer Brian Sicknick, claimed by some Democrats in leadership and by most of the legacy media to have been killed by rioters at the Capitol that day, alive in at least one section of the newly released video,” the former Clinton aide wrote. “Whatever the truth of this confusing conclusion, and with all respect for and condolences to Officer Sicknick’s family, the circumstances of his death do matter to the public, as without his death having been caused by the events of Jan 6, the breach of the capitol, serious though it was, cannot be described as a ‘deadly insurrection.'”
Wolf went on to criticize the press as well as Sens. Schumer (D-NY) and McConnell (R-KY) who both attacked the Fox host for airing the footage and going against the narrative that was crafted by the House Select Committee on the January 6th Attack.
While Wolf did not agree with Carlson’s attempt to downplay the violence that occurred on that day, she did state that his investigation was valuable work: “But you don’t have to agree with Mr. Carlson’s interpretation of the videos, to believe, as I do, that he engaged in valuable journalism simply by airing the footage that was given to him.”
She then explained that those on the political left have abandoned their support of journalists exposing government institutions like The New York Times‘ publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Following this, she then pointed out that Democrats in Congress gave a biased accounting of the events of January 6th and Carson’s reporting is a valuable new perspective.
“You don’t have to agree with Mr. Carlson’s interpretation of the videos, to conclude that the Democrats in leadership, for their own part, have cherry-picked, hyped, spun, and in some ways appear to have lied about, aspects of January 6, turning a tragedy for the nation into a politicized talking point aimed at discrediting half of our electorate,” she wrote, adding, “From the start, there have been things about the dominant, Democrats’ and legacy media’s, narrative of Jan 6, that seemed off, or contradictory, to me.”
Wolf then gave a historical accounting of the various events in which gathering in the Capitol was commonplace: “January 6’s narrative, via the Democrats in leadership, is a departure from our history (and from our Constitution) in messaging to the nation the novel theme that the public is categorically forbidden to enter the Capitol, and that the Capitol is the province of legislators alone,” she wrote, emphasizing, “This is simply not true.”
Following this accounting, Wolf concluded her piece by giving a full-throated apology to America First Republicans: “I am sorry the nation was damaged by so much untruth issued by those with whom I identified at the time. I am sorry my former “tribe” is angry at a journalist for engaging in —- journalism. I am sorry I believed so much nonsense. Though it is no doubt too little, too late — Conservatives, Republicans, MAGA: I am so sorry.”
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