As one of his most devoted allies in media, far-right Fox News host Tucker Carlson has gleefully spread disinformation put forth by President Donald Trump and his campaign.
From the President's lies regarding the pandemic that's killed over 250 thousand Americans, to amplifying sketchily sourced stories regarding President-elect Joe Biden's son, Carlson can be relied upon to spread Trump's claims to the eager ears of his millions of viewers.
But in a recent segment, Carlson offered a surprising—if long winded—caveat to a recent development in Trump's efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election, in which he was defeated by President-elect Biden.
On Thursday, Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell continued to lie that elections software system Dominion worked with its rival, Smartmatic, to overturn millions of Trump votes. Powell claimed the software's vote switching technology was put into motion by deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and that Trump actually won by a landslide.
The only so-called evidence Powell has provided for this claim is three screenshots from what she says is a sworn affidavit from a military official in Venezuela who claims to have seen the vote-switching technology in action during Venezuelan elections. The official witnessed no fraud in the U.S., but said the 2020 election was "eerily reminiscent" of what he claims to have seen in Venezuela.
The affidavit had no name or signature visible and Powell has refused to let the New York Times and other outlets see the full document.
Even Tucker Carlson warned viewers, as he summarized her claims, that she had repeatedly refused to provide evidence of her bizarre assertion that millions of Trump votes were switched to Biden votes, which Carlson said would be "the biggest crime in American history."
After questionably asserting that his was "the most open-minded" show on television and that he never dismisses conspiracy theories outright, Carlson said
"We invited Sidney Powell on the show. We would have given her the whole hour, but she never sent us any evidence, despite a lot of requests, polite requests. Not a page. When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her ... She never demonstrated that a single actual vote was moved illegitimately by software from one candidate to another. Not one.""
When you've lost Tucker Carlson...