Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include corrective information refuting some claims made by Tucker Carlson. We regret the error.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson is not an attorney, but he played one — sort of — on his top-rated program Friday.

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Specifically, Carlson advised Jacob Chansley, the “QAnon Shaman,” to sue former U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney “for the crime she committed against him and against our justice system.”

“The Biden administration is demanding that Chansley serve another six months in a halfway house just to make sure his life is destroyed,” Carlson noted after news broke earlier this week that he has been released for time served.

“Let’s hope that when he finally gets out, he has the energy to sue Liz Cheney of UVA for the crime she committed against him and against our justice system,” he added.

“Jacob Chansley often called the QAnon Shaman got out of prison yesterday. Chansley was the single most famous person arrested on January 6th. Video of him standing in costume on the floor of the senate played endlessly on cable news it made him a symbol of what they told us was an insurrection,” the Fox News host said.

“Former George W Bush advisor Steve Schmidt is a committed gun confiscationist, he claims to hate firearms, but in the case of Jacob Chansley, Schdimt was strongly in favor of pulling the trigger,” Carlson said before he then played a video clip of Schmidt, who helped co-found the decidedly anti-Trump Lincoln Project, calling for Chansley to be shot.

“Shoot him. On the basis of frothing media coverage like that Jacob Chansley spent more than two years behind bars. Earlier this month, we obtained video that had been hidden by the January 6th committee that proved Jacob Chansley did nothing wrong,” Carlson continued.

“He was standing on the floor of US Senate because Capitol Police led him there. Armed officers literally opened the door of the Senate and brought him inside. Jacob Chansley is not a criminal, Jacob Chansley is a political prisoner. Yet, unfortunately, tonight, he remains one,” he added.


Jacob Chansley’s attorney William Shipley announced an update on Chansley on Thursday that his client was being released.

It should be noted that court documents, along with video taken from Jan. 6 and statements from Capitol Police officers, contradict much of what Carlson claimed.

“Last night an opinion program aired commentary that was filled with offensive and misleading conclusions about the January 6 attack,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger wrote after Carlson aired his footage. “The opinion program never reached out to the Department to provide accurate context. One false allegation is that our officers helped the rioters and acted as ‘tour guides.’ This is outrageous and false.”

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Disclaimer: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author’s opinion.