Tucker Carlson Bashes GOP Senators Who Went on Fox News and Talked Tough on Russia: ‘Not a Genius’ and ‘Bloodthirsty Warmonger’


Tucker Carlson slammed Republican senators Roger Wicker (MS) and Joni Ernst (IA) on Tuesday after they said the United States should help defend Ukraine against a possible Russian military attack. Both senators had made the comments on Carlson’s own network.

Wicker appeared on Fox News earlier in the day on Your World with Neil Cavuto and said the U.S. shouldn’t rule out sending troops to Ukraine or even a nuclear strike.

“Just this afternoon,” said Carlson, “Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi – not a genius, famously, but still, a sitting Republican senator – went on Fox News to say we may need to send American troops to Ukraine, and possibly – because this isn’t insane or anything – think about the use of nuclear weapons. Got that in our back pocket. Nuclear weapons. Roger Wicker, sitting U.S. Senator. No one in Washington laughed at Roger Wicker. This is so crazy, that no one seems aware of how crazy it is.”

The Fox News host then turned his attention to Ernst.

“Here’s a sad piece of tape,” he said, referring to a recent appearance of Ernst on Fox News. “This is Joni Ernst, who’s totally affable, nice Republican, sort of reasonable on most things from the Midwest suddenly sounding like a bloodthirsty warmonger, sounding a lot like, actually, [Rep.] Adam Schiff [D-CA] when she talks about that dastardly Vladimir Putin.

“He needs to say to Vladimir Putin that we are no longer going to allow you to continue with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline,” said Ernst. “We need you to know and understand that we will defend Ukraine. We will provide them assistance. He needs to make that very clear.”

Carlson mocked the senator.

“What you just saw there is a child who has no idea what she’s talking about, but keeps talking anyway,” he said. “‘We will defend Ukraine,’ says Joni Ernst. This is a senator from Iowa? So what happens if we don’t defend Ukraine, Joni Ernst? Will kids in Des Moines grow up to speak Russian? No one asked her that question. She’s never thought about it for a moment.”

He concluded, “It turns out that foreign lobbying campaigns work pretty well. And that’s why the Ukrainians paid for one in Washington.”

Carlson has questioned Ukraine’s strategic interest to the U.S. on multiple occasions. In November, he tangled with Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) in a testy exchange that the congressman did not seem to anticipate.

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