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Brit Hume Pushes Back After Tucker Carlson Says There Are American Leaders ‘Who Hate the Country’

As Fox News’ Tucker Carlson talked tonight about threats America faces 17 years after the 9/11 terror attack, he said the country should be concerned about threats from within.

He slammed Senator Angus King for his comments drawing a comparison between 9/11 and Russian cyberattacks, saying, “Only a person completely cut off from reality, someone who lives full-time in a tiny airless a world of fellow dumb people could utter those words without turning red with shame.”

Carlson went on to say this:

“It is worth thinking about what the real threats to America are after 17 years. 17 years after the Towers fell. Russia’s not even in the top ten, Islamic extremism does seem mildly less threatening for the first time in a long time, let’s hope that remains true. But the real threats we face today may be from within. Leaders who hate the country they govern so much that they seek to make American citizenship irrelevant.”

He went on to point to “massive tech monopolies at war with our most basic constitutional rights,” as well as a “selfish” ruling class and bureaucrats that wield “more power than our elected representatives.”

“These are real threats to our democracy,” Carlson concluded. “People who live in this country already know that because it’s obvious, maybe that’s why they’re yelling so loudly about Russia so you won’t think about it.”

Carlson then spoke with Hume, who said King’s remarks were “absurd” and “regrettable.”

As they continued, Carlson asked, “Did you ever think you would see public opinion polling showing that a huge percentage of young people prefer socialism to our system?”

Hume said he didn’t and called it a “regrettable commentary on our education system.”

He expressed hope that this will pass before taking issue with part of Carlson’s commentary:

“I have to say, Tucker, you know I love you, but when you were talking about the leaders who hate our country, I don’t think there are any leaders out there who hate our country, except in foreign lands perhaps. I think there are people who may have all the wrong ideas about how it should be governed, but I don’t think they hate our country. And I don’t really think it strengthens the case to say that they do.”

He said their “critique of America” may be wrong-headed, but “I just don’t think it rises to the level of saying they hate our country.”

Carlson said in response, “If I hated a country, I would open its doors to anyone who wanted to come here and demand nothing in return. That’s how I would act. So maybe I’m just projecting. If I loved a country, I would treat it like I treat my own house and its citizens like my own children, but I don’t think they do that.”

“I hope you’re right,” he added.

You can watch the video above, via Fox News.

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