Journalist and commentator Megyn Kelly calls out major news networks for misrepresenting the Capitol incident on Jan. 6.
Kelly accused the media of malpractice during an interview with comedian Chrissie Mayr on Monday’s broadcast of her podcast, “The Megyn Kelly Show.” Mayr was at a rally conducted by then-President Trump before the riot, and she was near the Capitol when it was attacked, Daily Wire reported.
Kelly famously battled with then-candidate Trump when moderating a 2015 presidential debate, and she has never claimed to be a Trump supporter.
As the host and comedian started talking about Jan. 6, Mayr stated that the event she saw was nothing like what the media had shown. Mayr described her prior encounter at a Trump rally as follows, “It was, like, mostly the most chill thing ever. It was like people had blankets and picnics and families and costumes.”
Kelly then interjected, claiming that the media has used the violence to characterize all Trump supporters as the few who rushed the U.S. Capitol.
“There’s no question the media represented this as so much worse than it actually was,” Kelly said. She went on to discuss and denounce the conduct of those who stormed the Capitol inside.
“We’ve all seen the video of people screaming in the face of cops and being totally disparaging and defecating on the floor of the U.S. Capitol,” Kelly said. “And lawmakers were understandably afraid, you know? Not like [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)] ‘I need therapy for the rest of my life’ afraid. But I could understand it, and I didn’t like seeing it at all.’”
“That’s our Capitol. Get the hell out of there. Have some respect. Don’t threaten the cops, screw you,” Kelly continued. “The MAGA crowd is supposed to be pro-cop, you know, you don’t get in their faces and say all that s***ty stuff which I heard with my own ears.”
The host then chastised the media for using the Capitol riot to demonize all Trump supporters and single out prominent Trump supporters and blacklist them from other lines of work or book deals.
“But that doesn’t mean that’s what the entire crowd was there for, intended to do, so they got tarred by the actions of, like, some losers who went a different way. And then the media did what it does which is any bad behavior gets attributed to the entire group of Trump supporters, not just at the Capitol, but in the country,” Kelly said. “Remember? After that it was like, ‘you’re a MAGA supporter, you’re a Trump supporter, you’re on the banned list.’ It wasn’t just like ‘did you storm the Capitol?’ it was like if you voted for Trump, you’re banned. You’re not getting book deals, you’re not getting anything.’”
Even before the violence on Jan. 6, prominent personalities like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez called for “Trump sycophants” to be identified should they try to “downplay their complicity” in the future.
“Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future? I foresee decent probability of many deleted Tweets, writings, photos in the future,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Nov. 6, 2020.
According to the New York Post, the House of Representatives has appointed a select committee to look into the incident after an unsuccessful attempt by Democrats and some Republicans to construct a 9/11–style commission to investigate the riot.
Although Trump was cleared by the Senate of “inciting an insurrection” after the House of Representatives impeached him for the second time, the media has regularly used that term to characterize the riot.