In comments highlighted online by President Trump, Fox News host Tucker Carlson declared on his show Thursday night that the final report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is "perhaps the single most humiliating thing that has ever happened to the White House Press in the history of this Country."
"So, after two long years, here we are. It's hard to believe that any of it actually happened. Looking back, it was two years of unremitting, never diminishing hysteria about Russia," Carlson's said in a lengthy monologue Thursday (video below, full statement published as an op-ed on FoxNews.com). "It was a continuous wave of panic and superstition over unseen Slovak interference, all stoked by the very people we're told are the most rational in our society."
"It seems like a dream now, which actually it was," said Carlson. "None of it was real. Nobody colluded with Vladimir Putin. Nobody changed vote totals or met secretly in Prague or had a pee tape, whatever that is. There was never a Russia conspiracy. Hillary Clinton wasn't robbed of her rightful position by Julian Assange or Roger Stone or anyone else. Hillary lost the election because she was an entitled boor who didn't run on anything. In the end, that's what Robert Mueller proved."
But the media that has invested fully for two years in the false narrative "couldn't handle that conclusion," said Carlson. "It was too far from what they promised their audiences for so long. They were too invested in the lies. When the Mueller report arrived in Congress Thursday morning, they found themselves reduced to huffing and sputtering. They couldn't admit what was in the report. Well, they told us, 'Robert Mueller didn't exonerate President Trump.' Okay, I mean, that may be true, but only theologically. Mueller doesn't have the power to absolve sin, only God can. But in every other sense, Mueller's report was exculpatory. If dozens of federal prosecutors spent two years trying to charge you with a crime and then found they couldn't, it would mean there wasn't any real evidence that you did it. And that's what happened here."
"You may not like Donald Trump, but that's what we just learned from the Mueller report," he continued. "You would have to be a mindless partisan to deny it. And a lot of news anchors turn out to be mindless partisans. When the facts contravene the interests of their party, they deny the facts, then they attack anyone who persists in stating the obvious out loud. ... These are hysterical children. They should not be in journalism, but they are. In fact, they run journalism and they have no plans on giving up their power."
Carlson then issued one of the lines highlighted by Trump on Twitter Thursday night: "The Mueller Report is probably the single most humiliating thing that has ever happened to the White House press corps in the history of this Country."
Trump issued a pair of tweets quoting Carlson's comments Thursday night.
"If dozens of Federal prosecutors spent two years trying to charge you with a crime, and found they couldn’t, it would mean there wasn’t any evidence you did it — and that’s what happened here — that’s what we just learned from the Mueller Report," Trump tweeted, adding in a follow-up tweet: "The Mueller Report is perhaps the single most humiliating thing that has ever happened to the White House Press in the history of this Country. They know they lied...Many reporters lied about Russia Collusion and so much more. Clapper & Brennan, all lies."