In a surprising turn of events, even Fox News host Tucker Carlson is blasting Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and calling for him to resign and be prosecuted after he got caught dumping stock based on insider information he gained during a coronavirus briefing.
While he and other Republicans went on television and social media to assure the American people that all is well and the economy is strong, Burr used information gleaned during a private briefing on just how bad the coronavirus would be to rush out and sell up to $1.6 million worth of stocks before the stock market tanked.
It has since been revealed that at least two more Republican senators also sold off stock after the briefing.
Predictably, the American people are not amused, and Tucker Carlson is one of them.
During his show on Thursday night, Carlson ripped Burr for betraying the country during a crisis and demanded he resign and face prosecution.
“You may have seen the news reports this afternoon that the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee sold more than a million dollars in stock in February, after learning how devastating the Chinese coronavirus could be,” Carlson said. “He had inside information about what could happen to our country, which is now happening. But he didn’t warn the public. He didn’t give a primetime address. Didn’t go on television to sound the alarm. He didn’t even disavow an op-ed he had written just ten days before claiming that America was, quote, ‘better prepared than ever for coronavirus.’”
“He didn’t do any of those things,” Carlson continued. “Instead, what did he do? He dumped his shares in hotel stocks so he wouldn’t lose money. And then he stayed silent. Now, maybe there’s an honest explanation for what he did. If there is, he should share it with the rest of us immediately. Otherwise, he must resign from the Senate and face prosecution for insider trading.”
“There is no greater moral crime than betraying your country in a time of crisis,” Carlson concluded. “And that appears to be what happened.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
Tucker Carlson calls for Senator Burr to resign and await prosecution for insider trading if he cannot provide a reasonable explanation for his actions. He goes on to say it appears that Senator Burr betrayed his country in a time of crisis pic.twitter.com/q7yJa5wjuA
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) March 20, 2020
For a Republican, when you’ve lost Tucker Carlson, you know you’re in deep sh*t.
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