How would Americans from 1905 have reacted to what happened on January 6?
That’s a question posed by Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Saturday at America Fest 2021. He talked about how Teddy Roosevelt was President. He discussed how he became President. He noted Roosevelt was the most popular President in history.
“Amazing human being,” he said.
In 1905, Roosevelt walked out to the White House lawn and said he’d like to talk to anyone because, while it is his house, it’s also your house because it is your country.
“And everyone, you know, who wants to talk about it can amble up on the lawn and talk. And he stood there and talked to them. And that was not considered weird,” Carlson said. “This guy was in office because his predecessor had been assassinated. So it wasn’t like this was a time without violence. There was definitely violence. Teddy Roosevelt knew perfectly well the costs of opening himself up to the public. He was a pretty brave person. He had great physical courage. But he also didn’t have much of a choice because it wasn’t his house. It belonged to the people that the country belonged to – which were American citizens.
“Imagine telling someone living in that country we just arrested people for walking down the hall in the Capitol building. Not just the people breaking windows – people who literally walked down the hall of the Capitol. A lot of them got arrested – like a lot. Pause for a minute and ask yourself, what the hell? It’s their building. It’s their Capitol. It’s their country. They’re American citizens. Who do you think owns it? That is insane.”