Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio who pondered several unanswered questions surrounding the riots on Capitol Hill on January sixth and questioned why there were not any questions into why standard command and control protocols in place.
Leahy: We are joined as we almost always are at 6:30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by our good friend, the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Good morning Crom.
Carmichael: Good morning Michael.
Leahy: Now just to your left…
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Carmichael: Oh my well, it’s exciting.
Leahy: It’s very exciting.
Carmichael: I can hardly wait.
Leahy: I can hardly wait, but you have other things you want to talk about today. You follow a fine conservative journalist, Byron York. And he has a communication newsletter that goes out regularly. Tell me about what’s in it today.
Carmichael: Well this one he’s talking about the capitol riot and how it looks like the way the Democrats are approaching it is that they’re really comparing it to, falsely by the way, to 9/11 as to how serious it is. And what it means and blah blah blah. So my guess is that I can I’m going to predict right now that next January 6 there will be a time of silence and all these other things to commemorate the so-called invasion of the capitol.
But what he points out in this newsletter that he sends out in the mornings is that a whole bunch of questions has not yet been answered. In fact, there are almost no questions that have been answered. And so what he did was he sent a letter to the Capitol Police and he said here’s a list of questions. Can you provide the answers? And here they are. How many Capitol Hill police officers were injured in the riot? What were their injuries?
What is their condition now? Did Capitol Hill Police confiscate any firearms from rioters? If so, how many and what types? What is the status of the investigation into the killing of Officer Sicknick? Now, by the way, we know he died. We don’t know how and what Byron York is pointing out is we don’t know the circumstances and we don’t know who did it. With all of that video footage that’s on the capitol we still don’t know who did it.
Leahy: That’s a very good question.
Carmichael: Or exactly what happened. Is there an autopsy report on officer Sicknick? If so, will it be released to the public or will his key findings be released to the public? What is the status of the investigation into the shooting of Ashley Babbit? Has it’s been ruled a justifiable shooting?
Leahy: This is the 14-year Air Force veteran who was shot and killed.
Carmichael: And she was unarmed.
Carmichael: An unarmed woman killed in the capitol. And then it asks, who was the officer who shot Miss Babbit? Did any other officers discharge firearms during the rioting? If so, under what circumstances? Did any rioters discharge their firearms during the rioting? If so under what circumstances? Now each one of these is a legitimate question. Even Chris Hayes who I consider to be a…
Leahy: MSNBC hack. Left-wing hack.
Carmichael: He sends out a tweet. I guess he can still do that. (Leahy chuckles) It remains deeply bizarre that there still is never been any kind of official readout of exactly what happened. How many people were injured? How many were hospitalized? How many police fired their weapons? Etc. All the standard stuff. And that happened almost a month ago. In fact, it will have been more than a month ago before the so-called trial starts in the Senate.
Leahy: Impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump now a private citizen.
Carmichael: But their whole case is that he incited a riot but there are no details as to what exactly happened other than you can absolutely see a lot of people milling around. You can see that. You can see a few windows being broken.
Carmichael: And you can see milling around. And you can see a person with his feet up on Pelosi’s desk. These are things that you can see.
Leahy: And you can see a guy wearing a Viking hat.
Carmichael: You can see a guy wearing a Viking hat which if he was incited to do that he must have had plenty of time to go home and get dressed up is all I can think. But the amount of detail on the riot that the Congress and the Democrats, especially think is worth commemorating in comparing to 9/11, there are no details.
Leahy: And those questions are just but a few. Our good friend John Solomon at Just the News has asked another series of questions about the command and control process.
Carmichael: Exactly. And that’s another great line of questioning because Byron York’s questions take place after the so-called riot started. What John Solomon is talking about is all of the decisions that were made within the two or three days prior to it because we now know the FBI has released information that says it was pre-planned.
Leahy: Oh, yeah.
Carmichael: And so all of the players knew it was pre-planned and they essentially did nothing.
Carmichael: In fact, they might have even been proactively making sure that Capitol Hill was ill-prepared.
Leahy: That is how it looks to me, Crom.
Carmichael: Yes. And so if that’s the case in the commemoration over time, it will be very very interesting. In the book 1984, the main character in there has a job working for the state where he would take historical information and he would put it down the memory hole. He was one of the hundreds of people in this giant space that would take historical information and put it down the memory hole.
Leahy: So apparently there’s a lot of people in the Biden administration attempting to do just that.
Carmichael: And not just the Biden administration.
Leahy: Mainstream media and Big Tech.
Carmichael: And you’ve seen that for the last two years with the tearing down of statues. The changing of our education. Biden says that the 1776 Project will not be put in our schools but the 1619 Project will.
Leahy: Totally factually incorrect by the way.
Carmichael: Well, he who writes history sometimes gets to write the future. So what you have is right now is you have the Democrat Party and they’ve been doing this now for quite a while, doing everything in their power. And now they have a lot of it to essentially re-write. It doesn’t change history. It just rewrites it.
Leahy: Let me give you a little indication that perhaps that is backfiring. I’ll share this with you later. I just saw it last night. There’s a researcher we’ve talked about before George Barna who’s been a pollster researcher primarily focused on attitudes in the Christian world, but also crosses over into politics.
He just released a study from Arizona Christian University. And he’s a principal researcher on it. And what he found is that now today support for socialism in the country is at the lowest level actually has been for many years. It was 41 percent after the 2018 election. And now within a couple of weeks of Biden, it’s down to 32 percent.
Carmichael: Well, this is going to be what is interesting because the Democrats are moving so quickly and when we get into the second segment, I’m going to switch gears just a little bit on what they are trying to consolidate their power. And then the question is how do voters assuming that they get a chance to vote in two years, how will they react to that? And I’m not being facetious about that. It’s whether or not you may an election where one side is funded with billions and the other side is has been destroyed in terms of their ability to communicate or the ability to raise money.
Leahy: Or it could look like oh, I don’t know, an election in Russia where Putin always wins with 90 percent of the vote.
Carmichael: And all of his commissars.
Leahy: Or in Cuba, where 99 percent of the vote went for Fidel Castro.
Carmichael: Right. What I’m saying is we’ll see if they can because they are clearly attempting to. And I’m going to make that case after the commercial break. It’s a strong case. Let me just say this on the Capitol Hill deal. One thing that’s very important is that Biden did say that he would cease building the wall. He said he would stop doing that and that turned out not to be true.
Leahy: Because he’s building the wall?
Carmichael: He’s building the wall around the capitol.
Leahy: He’s got to protect us from citizens exercising their first amendment rights.
Carmichael: He has literally stopped building the wall pre-contract. So he stopped building the wall on the southern border, but he is allowing the building of the wall around the capitol where there is no apparent danger. But with the Mexican border, it’s obvious. And there’s a caravan on its way.
Leahy: They are going to let them all in without any coronavirus tests.
Carmichael: So let’s be clear. Biden does understand that walls do in fact do work. He’s just building it around the capitol.
Leahy: My little caveat would be those around Joe Biden may understand. We’re not entirely sure how much Joe Biden understands these days.
Carmichael: Fair enough.
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Photo “Capitol Protest” by Elijah Schaffer.