Tucker Carlson confronted a Democratic congressman over the never-ending cries of Russian election interference, scoffing at whether his own views make him a Russian “spy” as well.
The Fox News host disagreed with his guest, Rep. Sean Maloney, on the role of Attorney General Jeff Sessions with regard to overseeing the FBI and his involvement with firing former FBI Director James Comey.
“It’s pretty simple stuff,” Maloney said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday, discussing the need for Sessions to have not been involved with the firing since he was recused from the Russia probe.
“It’s not actually simple, in any way,” Carlson countered, attempting to get a clearer response from the New York congressman.
“Wouldn’t it be a little easier if you disagree with the Trump Administration’s policies on various things to just explain why you disagree with those, rather than try to derail the whole executive branch of government with an insane Russia conspiracy,” Carlson asked. “Can we just admit Jeff Sessions was not working on behalf of the Russians? He’s a patriotic American just like you are and we’re going to drop the innuendo and the Mccarthy-ite tactics because it’s counterproductive.”
He added that Sessions had nothing to do with the alleged hacking of the election system by Russians and accused Maloney of “conflating” things.
“There’s no evidence to suggest otherwise so why continue this charade?” Carlson said.
Maloney argued that Republicans changed their platform as Russia pressed for sanctions against them to be lifted, sparking Carlson to mock the Democratic congressman for the “absurd” notion.
“You’re saying things that are just dumb,” Carlson said, mocking Maloney and laughing out loud over the idea.
“I’m against sanctions on Russia. Does that make me a tool of Putin?” Carlson taunted. “I have a legitimate policy disagreement. Am I a spy too?”
He pushed back against Maloney’s narrative, finally getting exasperated with the congressman’s argument regarding Russian influence on the GOP platform and on specific members of the Trump administration.
“Democrats are trying to win a political argument by impugning the character of people by suggesting they’re treasonous,” Carlson said. “People like you are leading an innuendo based charge against your political opponents.”
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