Naomi Wolf, a feminist author and former staff member of the Clinton White House, apologized in writing to Republicans and conservatives this week for accepting what she called “lies” over the Capitol breach on January 6, 2021.
Wolf, who made news in 2021 and 2022 for challenging official accounts about COVID-19 vaccines and lockdowns, claimed that “peaceful Republicans and conservatives as a whole have been demonized by the story told by Democrats in leadership of what happened that day” after new footage of the Capitol breach was broadcast by Fox News host Tucker Carlson last week.
Being a strong opponent of COVID-19 lockdowns and vaccination requirements, Wolf’s account was suspended by Twitter’s previous administration before being restored a few months ago.
Former Clinton White House Adviser Issues Apology to Conservatives for Believing the “Lies” Surrounding Jan 6. https://t.co/wPggnSYfN6— Kari Lake (@KariLake) March 13, 2023
“Republicans, conservatives, I am sorry. I also believed wholesale so much else that has since turned out not to be as I was told it was by NPR, MSNBC and the New York Times. Anyone in leadership who misrepresented to the public the events of the day so as to distort the complexity of its actual history—must also be held accountable,” Wolf wrote.
According to Wolf’s letter, recently made public video of “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley and US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick on January 6 appears to defy popular perceptions and several Democratic politicians.
Sicknick, who passed away from a stroke a day later, was shown in a brief new tape wandering about and motioning demonstrators to leave the premises. The new video appears to show cops walking Chansley around the Capitol grounds while none attempted to stop or detain him.
People don’t have to agree with Carlson’s assessment of the tapes, even though she disagreed with some of his findings about the evidence, “to conclude that the Democrats in leadership, for their own part, have cherry-picked, hyped, spun, and in some ways appear to have lied about, aspects of January 6, turning a tragedy for the nation into a politicized talking point aimed at discrediting half of our electorate.”
Her apology came after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) gave Carlson’s team access to thousands of hours of film while announcing that the tapes will be made available to the general public later. Republicans in the Senate and several Democratic members of Congress have harshly condemned the decision to release the video.