Megyn Kelly says media portrayed Capitol riot 'so much worse than it actually was'
Journalist Megyn Kelly criticized the media's coverage of the Jan. 6 riot, saying many news outlets misportrayed the Capitol siege during which hundreds of people stormed the building and clashed with law enforcement.
After comedian Chrissie Mayr told Kelly during her Monday podcast that she attended former President Donald Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally outside the White House that preceded the Capitol attack, Kelly agreed that "there is no question" the media misrepresented the event, making it out to be "so much worse than it actually was," though she did describe some of the mayhem caught on video.
"We've all seen the video of people, like, screaming in the face of cops, being totally disparaging, and defecating on the floor of the U.S. Capitol, and lawmakers were understandably afraid — not like [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying] 'I need therapy for the rest of my life' afraid, but I could understand it, and I didn't like seeing it," Kelly said.
In May, Ocasio-Cortez said she was in therapy due to the "trauma" of the Capitol riot.
"I think after [Jan. 6], I took some time — and it was really [Rep.] Ayanna Pressley. I explained to her what happened to me, like, the day of because I ran to her office, and she was like, 'You need to recognize trauma,'" she said .
"If I take a couple months and just be really good, then I don’t have to live with this thing festering and lingering with me like a roommate in my apartment for years," she added.
Hundreds of suspected rioters have been detained and charged in connection to the riot. Five people at the Capitol died during the events of that day or soon after the siege.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill recently convened a Jan. 6 commission to investigate the events of that day. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also ordered 8-foot fencing be erected to surround the Capitol, and six months after the attack, the process of taking it down began on Friday.