Tucker Carlson: “We need to find out exactly what happened in this election”

Carlson: “Democracy is always a voluntary arrangement”

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Citation From the November 9, 2020, edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight

TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): We want our system of government to continue. Whether it does continue, though, depends in part on how we proceed from here. 

As of tonight, tens of millions of Americans suspect this election was stolen from them. That means we now live in a country where a large percentage of our population no longer believes that our democracy is real. That is sad. It is also dangerous. It could easily get worse. What we're doing in response is hardly the solution. It is making our country much more volatile. It is setting us up for something bad.

In a democracy, you cannot ignore honest questions from citizens. You're not allowed. You can't dismiss them out of hand as crazy or immoral for asking. You can't just cut away from coverage you don't like. You can't simply tell people to accept an outcome because force doesn't work in a democracy. That's dictatorship. 

In a free society, you have to convince the public of your legitimacy. You have to win them over with reason. Democracy is always a voluntary arrangement. Telling voters to shut up is never enough. 

So, in this case tonight, there's only one way to lower the national temperature and unite the country. We need to find out exactly what happened in this election. And there are questions, and that means we have to answer them.