Tucker Carlson slammed the “remarkable speed and intensity” of outrage over President Donald Trump’s summit with Vladimir Putin and criticized his “genuflecting” before U.S. Intelligence agencies.
The Fox News host opened his show Tuesday with comments about the bipartisan attacks against the president for his remarks in Finland as he essentially said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 US election.
Facing a firestorm of backlash over his words during the press conference with the Russian president in Helsinki, Trump appeared to partially reverse course Tuesday, saying he misspoke.
“Well as the rage storm swirled, the president bowed to the inevitable, genuflecting before U.S. intelligence agencies whose judgment must never be questioned and recited the now obligatory loyalty to the spy bureaucrats now in charge of our country,” Carlson remarked on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday.
Carlson referred to video of Trump’s clarification as a “hostage tape” and said the “president buckled to criticism.”
“The people yelling the loudest about how the Russians are our greatest enemy and Trump is their puppet happen to be the very same people who have been mismanaging our foreign policy for the past two decades,” Carlson said. “The people who invaded Iraq and wouldn’t admit it was a mistake, the people who killed Muammar Gaddafi for no obvious reason and prolonged the horrible Syrian civil war and then threw open the borders in Europe… These are people who’ve made America weaker and poor and sadder. The group whose failures got Trump elected in the first place.”
These people, Carlson argued, should be “unemployed” but instead are “hosting cable news shows” and are “holding high positions of influence at the State Department” and are still “in charge of our national conversation.”
The Fox News host defended the president, explaining that “being Trump, he can’t always explain precisely what he means to say, sometimes he gets details wrong or he gets sidetracked with some personal vendetta.”
But on the big issues, Carlson declared that the president is “indisputably right,” noting that the world is a different place and America needs to act more in its self interest.
“Russia is not a close friend of the United States, but the question is why should we consider them a mortal enemy?” Carlson asked.
“Of course Russia spies on us, so do a lot of countries, some of them far more effectively than Russia,” he continued. “The Russia attempt to meddle in our election was comically amateurish, badly targeted Facebook ads almost nobody saw. Compare that effort to the deep penetration of American industry and the defense sector by the communist government of China. Or compare it to the remarkable sway that the Sunni-Gulf states have over our political process or the fact that Latin American countries are changing elections outcomes here by forcing demographic change on this country at a rate that American voters consistently say they don’t want.”
Carlson warned about the consequences of questioning the intelligence community.
“That’s an Orwellian name if there ever was one,” he said. “Dissent is unpatriotic and if you don’t agree you’re working for Vladimir Putin. That’s where we are heading and fast.”
“In some ways this whole story is about Donald Trump and what he said and what he does,” Carlson concluded. “But on a deeper level it has nothing to do with Donald Trump. This is about democracy, whether or not voters rule their country. It turns out the very people telling you they are saving our democracy are working overtime to destroy it and are scolding you as they do.”