Tuesday’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight featured a heated exchange between Fox News analyst Ralph Peters and host Tucker Carlson during which Carlson found himself on the wrong end of a classic ‘false equivocation’ fallacy, courtesy of his guest.
Because no, wanting to work with Putin and Russia on mutual goals is NOT the same as supporting Adolf Hitler and the Nazis during the 30’s – but believe it or not, that’s where Peters went.
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) July 12, 2017
As any follower of the show knows, Carlson’s position on Russia is more pragmatic than today’s liberal bandwagon ‘cold-warriors’ allow. Since the country is arguably the second or third most powerful global presence and since they have vital interests in the Middle East, particularly Syria, and a strong mutual interest in eliminating ISIS, the world’s greatest threat, why not work with them?
After all, the United States once worked with the world’s most prolific mass-murderer – Joseph Stalin.
But Peters didn’t talk about Stalin. Instead, he jumped right to the classic liberal slander – Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
“He [Putin] is malevolent and he is as close to pure evil as I can find,” said Peters. “He’s also brilliant. I don’t understand what any American would want an alliance with Russia. We should be strengthening our alliance with democracies instead of trashing NATO — we should be building it up much more strongly.”
“He’s a shady guy,” Carlson responded. “Hard to see why he’s a threat to us. How many wars can we fight at once? Why not just accept that people who are bad people share our interests and side with them?”
“You sound like Charles Lindbergh in 1938 saying Hitler hasn’t attacked us,” said Peters, which really set Carlson off.
“I beg your pardon. Slow down for a minute. I am not in any way, you cannot compare me to someone who would make apologies for Hitler? And I don’t think Putin is comparable to Hitler.”
When Peters insisted he was, Carlson called it a “grotesque overstatement” and “insane.”
“You just compared me to a Nazi apologist because I asked a simple question. Slow down! Slow down! Which is, why not contravene American interest with a group trying to kill ISIS?”
Peters then tried to argue why Putin was just as bad as Hitler, ostensibly because people have died in the Syrian civil war in which Russia has chosen sides.
Peters did “take back” the Lindbergh comparison, but still insisted that Carlson sounded like an “apologist from 1938.”
False equivocate much?
Watch the exchange below:
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