Unsurprisingly, many members of the Washington political establishment are less than thrilled over House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s decision to grant Fox News host Tucker Carlson and his team over 40,000 hours of surveillance footage captured during the protests at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Schumer aired his frustrations Wednesday on Twitter, complaining that by releasing the recordings, McCarthy “has already done more than any party leader in Congress to enable the spread of Donald Trump’s Big Lie.”
Speaker McCarthy has held the gavel for less than three months.
But by sharing the January 6th security footage with Fox News, he has already done more than any party leader in Congress to enable the spread of Donald Trump’s Big Lie.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 8, 2023
Twitter CEO Elon Musk, whose company the White House has indicated is being monitored with a “close eye,” replied to Schumer’s online post in what appeared to be an attempt to troll the Senate majority leader.
The tech mogul shared a spoof video that featured real footage of the supposedly violent and chaotic assault along with a narrator who jokingly welcomed the people seen in the video to “the insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol Building.
“Do you want us to remove this video?” Musk quipped.
Do you want us to remove this video? https://t.co/Qaaq4lGc9B
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 8, 2023
Musk famously dropped the ‘Twitter Files,’ a series of reports that exposed numerous shady practices by Twitter, often in collusion with U.S. government agencies such as the FBI in CIA. The journalists who were tasked with covering the topics included well-known reporters Matt Taibbi, Bari Weiss, and Michael Shellenberger.
Included in the reports’ revelations is that executives from the social media giant would regularly meet up with FBI officials in order to discuss who they may want to censor on a given day. Another bombshell discovery in the Twitter Files drops featured Shellenburger’s exposé, which revealed that the company held internal discussions in order to justify creating a new permanent ban policy in order to kick former President Trump off the platform.
Twitter head of trust and safety Yoel Roth was quite joyful at the time, reportedly writing in a message to colleagues, “Guess what… Jack just approved repeat offender for civic integrity.”
Democrats have since questioned Matt Taibbi at a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing, pressing him to reveal his sources for the Twitter Files report. Taibii remained steadfast in his refusal to give up the information.