Fox's Charles Krauthammer Compares John Lewis Inauguration Boycott To Nazi Sympathizing Charles Lindbergh
Krauthammer: "Heroes Can Be Wrong"
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From the January 19 edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight:
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TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): You've been here an awful long time, you worked in the Carter administration, for Mondale, I think. So, you've seen a lot of protests over the years. It seems to me the ones that are successful are the ones with discrete requests, you know, "Here's what we want specifically, we want you to cancel this, we want you to enact that." I don't understand exactly what the agenda in these protests is.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Well, they really had no agenda, and they really have not, but I think the real culprits here are the people who ought to be the adults, the ones who ought to set an example, and that's the one-third of Democrats in Congress who will refuse to attend and actively boycott the inauguration. I think that is scandalous. An inauguration is not the celebration of party victory, it's a kind of civic sacrament for something that it's exceedingly rare in the world, which is the transfer of power uninterrupted now for 240 years, the longest anywhere on Earth. That's something that you celebrate. And I must say, you know, John Lewis, we all agree there is no debate that he is a genuine American hero --
KRAUTHAMMER: But heroes can be wrong. We have examples in our history, Charles Lindbergh was a genuine American hero, the most famous man in America throughout the '30s, and he picked the long wrong side in World War II.
CARLSON: He did.
KRAUTHAMMER: He led the isolationists, and he essentially expressed sympathy for Nazi Germany. You can be wrong, now with Lewis, it's not just that he's a hero but he is a moral hero because he sacrificed and he risked his life for a higher cause, but that doesn't that change the fact that he can be wrong.
CARLSON: That's right.
KRAUTHAMMER: And he shouldn't be leading the boycott, because he lends his moral authority to what is a deeply unworthy cause.