Tucker questions government job screening after testimony: ‘How many other neurotics currently hold ambassador rank?’


Tucker Carlson slammed the testimony from former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch as a “waste of our time” and something that “sounded like a therapy session.”

The Fox News host mocked the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine’s appearance before the House Intelligence Committee on Friday, as she followed in the footsteps of this week’s previous witnesses to say she had no firsthand knowledge of President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

(Video: Fox News)

“The only question on the table was and remains: has Donald Trump committed crimes that would justify his removal as president of the United States? And fairly early on Yovanovitch stated unequivocally that, as far as she knows, he has not,” Carlson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday, reacting to the fired ambassador’s responses to questions by Republican Rep. Chris Stewart.

Yovanovitch answered with a telling “no” to questions about whether she had any information about President Trump taking any bribes or engaging in any criminal activity “at all.”

Carlson noted that the admission by Yovanovitch “should have been the last thing that she said today, everything after that was a waste of our time.”

“And yet, Marie Yovanovitch kept going and going and going,” he continued. “By the end, the hearing sounded like a therapy session or an extended meeting with the HR department … Donald Trump’s real offense turned out to be wounding the beautiful soul of a highly sensitive former American ambassador.”

“Now, keep in mind, this is the person we hired to represent our country’s interests before a foreign government in one of the roughest regions in the world,” Carlson said. “‘Shocked, appalled.’ Pretty embarrassing. In fact, it’s kind of scary. Who’s doing the screening over there at the State Department? How many other neurotics currently hold ambassador rank?”

But, as Carlson noted, before that “obvious and, in fact, vital question” could be asked, Schiff “jumped in to rattle the witness still more,” referring to the California Democrat slamming a tweet by Trump during the proceedings as “witness intimidation.”

“Witness intimidation. That’s apparently what it’s called now when someone criticizes your job performance in a tweet,” Carlson said following the video clip, slamming the media for not pointing out the “grotesque joke” but continuing to push the narrative that Yovanovitch is a “holy victim of Trump’s terror.”

A series of MSNBC video clips followed showing pundits, lawmakers and network hosts touting the former ambassador as a “hero” and a “victim.” Former Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, referred to by Carlson as an “accredited moron” and “now open racist,” went as far as slamming the State Department as made up of “a lot of men, a lot of white men.”

“Wow, do you hear that, America?” Carlson asked.  “Ambassador Yovanovitch is nothing like those horrible white men MSNBC would like you to know. In fact, she lives at the very opposite end of the moral spectrum. Among the sainted. ”

He also slammed CNN for worshiping the former ambassador as a”gift” to know. He also called out the double standard by the left and the liberal media, which attacked criticism of Yovanovitch as sexist while declaring open season on White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.

Carlson wrapped up his monologue by mocking Democrats for their attempts to characterize Trump’s actions with regard to Ukraine as “bribery.”

“Now how exactly is it bribery? Don’t ask a dumb question. “It just is — bribery,” he said.

“Actually, there is no case for bribery,” Carlson noted. “That’s why they only started using the word bribery this week after running the whole thing through a focus group and finding out bribery was the scariest description of something they won’t actually define.”


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