Fox News host Tucker Carlson called a Black police officer who said he was called the N-word while defending the Capitol on Jan. 6 an “angry, left-wing political activist” on Wednesday.
In April, Capitol police Officer Harry Dunn told “The ReidOut” host Joy Reid that Black officers fought a “different” battle than everybody else as they endured both physical trauma and racist slurs while fending off supporters of former President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol.
Dunn is among the first people set to testify on July 27 before a new House committee created to investigate the Capitol riot. Ahead of Dunn’s testimony, Carlson verbally attacked the officer’s impartiality as a witness, citing past social media posts that involved Democratic lawmakers.
“Dunn will pretend to speak for the country’s law enforcement community, but it turns out Dunn has very little in common with your average cop,” Carlson said on his show. “Dunn is an angry, left-wing political activist.”
Backlash on social media was swift.
“Forever grateful to officers like Harry Dunn,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., tweeted on Wednesday. “He put his body between lawmakers and an armed mob.”