Tucker Carlson called out journalists who are obsessed with Russia and contended that even Russian President Vladimir Putin “does not hate America” as much as some in the media do.
The Fox News host addressed the continued focus on Russia by the press during a monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday, targeting NBC News’ Chuck Todd as an example for his heated interview on Russia and Ukraine with Sen. John Kennedy on Sunday.
(Video: YouTube/Fox News)
Todd went “full Joe McCarthy,” Carlson noted, airing a video clip from the contentious segment in which the “Meet the Press” host told the Louisiana Republican lawmaker: “You realize, the only other person selling this argument outside the United States is this man, Vladimir Putin.”
Trump gives shout out to Sen. Kennedy for handling ‘sleepy eyes’ Chuck Todd on ‘Meet the Depressed’ https://t.co/fJQQI7XKTy
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 2, 2019
“The whole thing was a talking point—a ludicrous talking point—invented by the Hillary Clinton campaign on or around November 9, 2016, to explain their unexpected defeat in the last presidential election,” Carlson told viewers Monday.
“Not only are these people unwise and hysterical, totally political, utterly dishonest, they’re also kind of dumb,” he said. “And because shifting mental gears is hard for dumb people, it turns out the entire on-air staff over at MSNBC is still pretending that Russia collusion is the most important story there is.”
The Fox News host then aired several other MSNBC video clips making his point.
“If you excluded debunked conspiracy theories, could any of these people actually tell you why Vladimir Putin is so bad? Why is he so bad? ‘He’s bad,’ Chuck Todd says. Okay, speak slowly so I can understand,” Carlson said.
“What makes Vladimir Putin worse than, I don’t know, a whole long list of American allies? Let’s try the King of Saudi Arabia, for example, or the people who run the Emirates – the people on whose payroll so many in Washington are right now. Why is he worse than them?” he asked.
“They couldn’t answer that. For Chuck Todd and the rest of the dummies, Vladimir Putin isn’t a real person with actual ideas and priorities and a country and beliefs. No, he stopped being that long ago,” he added, calling the Russian leader a “living metaphor” and “boogeyman” for MSNBC and the media.
“The irony, of course, is that Putin, for all his faults, does not hate America as much as many of these people do. They really dislike our country. And they call other people traitors? Because they’re ‘mouthing the talking points of Putin!’ These are people who don’t know anything about Russia, who don’t speak Russian! Who couldn’t identify three cities in Russia,” Carlson argued.
“The rest of the world isn’t quite that dumb,” he said, concluding that China is more of a threat to the U.S. right now and that America “ought to be in a relationship with Russia aligned against China, to the extent that we can.”
Naturally, the left-wing media instantly announced that Carlson was defending Putin.
Tucker Carlson defends Putin, backs Russia over Ukraine twice in one week—this time the Fox News host isn’t joking https://t.co/Axr50Yv3Tz
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 3, 2019
Whoa – Tucker Carlson just came out on the side of Russia
— Raw Story (@RawStory) December 3, 2019
And Carlson’s comments from last week were rolled out as an example of the Fox News host shilling for Russia again.
Last night, Tucker Carlson twice said he was serious/sincere about rooting for Russia over Ukraine before saying he was joking about rooting for Russia 40 minutes later. pic.twitter.com/K1cr24nwRs
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) November 26, 2019
But those who saw past the soundbites and headlines had a different take on Carlson’s observations.
I think Tucker is way ahead of you on foreign policy. He emphasizes the fact(if you watched the whole piece) that it’s China that is the real threat. Russia’s economy is the size of Texas and roughly 10% of the size of the US economy.
— Carl Werren (@OzricPeiper) December 3, 2019
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) November 27, 2019
he didn’t urge anybody he just says that’s his preference
and as American he’s got that choice I’m anti-china how about you
— Anji Passion (@AnjiPassion) December 3, 2019
Did you even listen? He wonders why all the fuss over Russia as the biggest threat to the US while looking the other way at China.
You demonstrated his exact point obsessing over Russia. Trump is helping a Ukraine against Russia, Obama sent blankets.
— Silver Sneekers (@Ms_S1954) December 3, 2019
Is this supposed to make me angry? He’s obviously right.
— TruProgress? (@TruPro88) December 3, 2019
FACT CHECK: TRUE!!
— Airplane Ben (@BenAirplane) December 3, 2019
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