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Tucker Carlson scoffs at 'geniuses' who say Assad was behind chemical attack in Syria

Fox News host Tucker Carlson told viewers on Monday night that while "the official story" is that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government used chemical weapons to attack a rebel-held enclave near Damascus on Saturday, it "ought to make you nervous" that both Republicans and Democrats agree his regime was behind the attack that left at least 48 people dead, including several children.

People should be "skeptical" of the attack, especially since "all of the geniuses tell us Assad killed those children, but do they really know that?" Carlson asked. "Of course they don't really know that. They're making it up. They have no real idea of what happened." The government and rebels both have chemical weapons, Carlson said, and Assad wouldn't have to use chlorine gas because he's winning the war and President Trump recently said he wants to pull all U.S. troops out of the country.

Trump promised to make a decision soon on how the U.S. will respond to the chemical attack, tweeting there was a "big price to pay," but Carlson made sure to end his segment by making Trump out to be the victim of the establishment. "The same people who brought you a dying American middle class, undefended American borders, and endless pointless wars in countries you could not find on a map are telling the president he's got to depose Assad for reasons that are both unclear and demonstrably dishonest," he said. Watch Carlson's diatribe below. Catherine Garcia