July 14, 2021

Apparently the events of Jan. 6 weren’t as bad as the media is making it out to be. That’s according to former Fox News and NBC personality Megyn Kelly.

The insurrection came up while Kelly was on a podcast with comedian Chrissie Mayr. Downplaying what happened first started with Mayr, who said, “I was there and anybody who was there on the 6th is, like, blown away by how, like, inaccurate the media coverage is. At this point, it’s like I don’t want to listen to anybody’s thoughts on the 6th unless they were like there, like physically there, because it was so, like, not a big deal.”

She also called it “extremely peaceful and chill.”

Perhaps Mayr was a different part of the insurrection? You know, the part that didn’t include breaking into the Capitol, killing a police officer and fighting other law enforcement officials?

But then Kelly said, “There is no question the media represented it as so much worse than it actually was.”

No question? I’m curious. Kelly, Mayr and others who are downplaying that day: They do realize this is all on video, right?

Meanwhile, it was announced last week that Kelly is getting a show on SiriusXM starting in September. “The Megyn Kelly” show will air weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. Eastern on the Triumph channel 111.

As far as Jan. 6, The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake writes, “Yes, it was an insurrection.”

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