Fox News host Tucker Carlson delivered stunning remarks Monday night, just days before America's Thanksgiving holiday.
“Why do I care what is going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia?” an untethered Carlson asked his guest, former Clinton advisor Richard Goodstein.
“I’m serious,” Carlson declared. "Why shouldn’t I root for Russia? Which I am.”
Goodstein had been saying that Russia attacked Ukraine, explaining that “people are dying on the front lines.”
14,000 Ukrainians have been slaughtered in the war with their next door neighbor, Russia.
Carlson, at the end of the show, claimed he had been kidding when he said he was "serious."
“Before we go, earlier in the show I noted I was rooting for Russia in the contest between Russia and Ukraine,” Carlson told his Fox News viewers, The Daily Beast noted, after social media outrage. “Of course, I’m joking. I’m only rooting for America—mocking the obsession many on the left have. Ha!”
Tucker: "Why do I care what is going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia? I'm serious. Why shouldn't I ro… https://t.co/C8WuHGxZ88— nikki mccann ramírez (@nikki mccann ramírez)1574731258.0
Reaction on social media to Carlson's disturbing remarks was quick:
Fox News and Tucker Carlson rip the tattered American mask off: Carlson is rooting for Russia to invade Europe. Th… https://t.co/dAxwtmc02u— Eric Garland (@Eric Garland)1574732686.0
Staggering. Tucker Carlson actually said he's "rooting for Russia" in their conflict with Ukraine. So, he's rooting… https://t.co/7CTwbxuMmu— Al Bernstein (@Al Bernstein)1574739671.0
Tucker TV confessions usually reveal his deep-seated white supremacy. Tonight, he confesses to rooting for Russia a… https://t.co/vyOK7CqpO4— Matt Rogers 🗳 (@Matt Rogers 🗳)1574733277.0
@Acyn Russia invaded a sovereign nation, an EU ally, an American ally, and Tucker said it out loud, he is rooting f… https://t.co/dDwdrpm2Ey— Dan the Kraken Slayer (@Dan the Kraken Slayer)1574731444.0
Russia invaded Ukraine, stole Crimea, and continues to murder Ukrainians in Putin’s war on its soil Tucker Carlson… https://t.co/xrK9wev9wh— Alexandra Chalupa (@Alexandra Chalupa)1574734545.0
Tucker backs despotic, corrupt Russia over people in Ukraine who just want to be free. He should lose all advertise… https://t.co/NaQwqelT9W— Hopeful_Resister! (@Hopeful_Resister!)1574737196.0
Tucker is rooting for Russia. Russia attacked us. UKRAINE is our ally. https://t.co/YLynFvKwnH— Pamela at home (@Pamela at home)1574734236.0
Tucker has gone all the way down the rabbit hole. He is seriously unbalanced on his show tonite. I am worried for h… https://t.co/VqZNtVCmQa— dane lancaster (@dane lancaster)1574737179.0
Useful to have it formally confirmed https://t.co/xHTyIEt7eT— David Frum (@David Frum)1574732449.0