So… Not Joking This Time? Tucker Carlson AGAIN Urges US to ‘Take the Side of Russia’ Over Ukraine
One week after he publicly said he was rooting for Russia in its invading war into Ukraine, Fox News host Tucker Carlson again argued on behalf of Russia on his show, saying he opposed recent U.S. sanctions against that country and saying “we should probably take the side of Russia.”
Last week, after he unleashed a public outcry, Carlson retroactively claimed that he was actually joking when he had said earlier on that evening’s show, about the ongoing border war between Ukraine and Russia: “I’m serious. Why do I care? Why shouldn’t I root for Russia, which I am.”
One week later, Carlson no longer seemed to be “joking,” as he once again offered earnest support for Russia during a conversation with House Republican Rep. Jim Jordan.
“Congressman, is it odd to you, having served this country for a while and lived in it even longer, to see members of the press just going full Joe McCarthy of accusing members of Congress they don’t agree with of doing the bidding of Russia. Like where did this come from?” Carlson asked. The Fox News host did not mention the US intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election on behalf of President Donald Trump, a conclusion that the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee confirmed last year.
“Think about this,” Jordan responded. “This White House who put more sanctions on Russia than ever before, this White House who gave Ukraine tank-busting Javelin missiles ,which the previous White House, which the Obama Administration wouldn’t do and somehow, the press is saying this White House is helping [Vladimir] Putin, that’s the most ridiculous claim I’ve ever heard.”
“I should say for the record that I’m totally opposed to these sanctions and I don’t think we should be at war with Russia,” Carlson said. “And I think we should probably take the side of Russia, if we have to choose between Russia and Ukraine.”
For his part, Jordan didn’t really address Carlson’s comments, but instead pivoted and said, “I don’t get their logic at all, but I don’t get much of what they are doing through this entire impeachment inquiry that they’ve been putting the nation through over the last several months.”
Just as the week before, Carlson’s comments drew considerable scrutiny and outrage online.
What? @TuckerCarlson thinks it is ok for Russia to annex Ukrainian territory and then we should side with Russia ? Wow. Just wow. Missing Reagan. Missing real conservative Republicans. Missing Churchill. Scared of appeasers. https://t.co/v9XMgez29g
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) December 3, 2019
1) No one hates America, and what it’s become, and who now lives here, more than Fox News primetime hosts.
2) the funniest moment of this clip is when Tucker lambasts other cable networks for putting pictures of Putin onscreen while sitting in front of…a picture of Putin. https://t.co/iWsIjHVfLm
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) December 3, 2019
Wait, didn’t Tucker claim just the other day that he was joking when he said we should back Russia in the conflict with Ukraine? Is he joking again? https://t.co/a29TM5XpP4
— Cathy Young (@CathyYoung63) December 3, 2019
Tucker Carlson says USA should side with Russia, the country that attacked our elections and wants to weaken US here and abroad, over Ukraine, an ally that has lost over 13,000 fighting Russia.
Like I said, Republicans will bring it all down for Trump, their blunt instrument.
— Wajahat “Abu Khadija” Ali (@WajahatAli) December 3, 2019
Tucker Carlson could be replaced by a Russian bot at this point and his script would even be a tad subtler https://t.co/1Kle9knj2Q
— Hunter Marston (@hmarston4) December 3, 2019
Someone tell me the difference between tucker on fox and RT. pic.twitter.com/Oad1oUU7Xp
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) December 3, 2019
But though his Russia comments sounded almost exactly the same as last week’s, Carlson closed his show on Monday without any claims that “of course I’m joking” this time.
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