Retired Colonel Ralph Peters got into a tense debate with Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night and likened the Fox News host to a Nazi apologist in the late 1930s over his stance towards Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Max Boot, a Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow, responded to the exchange by tweeting that “Peters speaks truth to a rating powerhouse.”
Ralph Peters to Tucker Carlson: “You sound like Charles Lindbergh in 1938.” Ralph speaks truth to a ratings powerhouse. https://t.co/4sGJwGC0Wm
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) July 12, 2017
Boot appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight Wednesday, and it didn’t take long for things to get heated.
“You dismiss anyone who doesn’t share your view as a Nazi sympathizer seems cheap and a shortcut and not really befitting of a self-described genius like yourself. Why would you say something like that?” Tucker Carlson asked Boot.
Boot pushed back saying, “Rest assured Tucker, I’m not saying that you are a Nazi sympathizer.”
He went on to explain that he was “very disturbed” to see Tucker and Mark Steyn “yukking it up over the fact that Putin is interfering and meddling in our election process.”
“You can debate whether or not what he did is a crime or it falls under the espionage act or not, but to dismiss people who disagree with you as immoral, which is your habit, isn’t a useful form of debate, it’s a kind of moral preening, and it’s a little odd coming from you, who has been consistently wrong in the most flagrant and flamboyant way for over a decade,” Tucker said.
“What have I been wrong about, Tucker?” Boot asked.
After Tucker made his argument, Boot responded, “I would be happy to hold up my record of foreign policy against yours. By the way, to underline the fact, you supported the Iraq war and then when it went bad you opposed it. It doesn’t take any moral courage or perspicacity.”
“You’re a moral authority? You’re a religious figure now actually?” Carlson said.
“Tucker, save your sarcasm,” Boot said.
“No, it’s heartfelt. It’s not sarcasm,” said Tucker. “I have contempt for your non-argument.”
Things only got more heated as the subject shifted to Syria.
“Russia is trying to further the murderous Assad regime,” said Boot. “And Russia is undermining our electoral process which you don’t seem to care about.
“The moral preenings and the generalizations are tiresome,” Carlson said.
“Your lack of moral judgment is tiresome to me. I find it to be offensive,” Boot said.
“This is why no one takes you seriously,” Tucker replied.
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