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 root for Russia? Which by the way I am.” pic.twitter.com/OQopoxPYD9
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) November 26, 2019
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.
There it is. https://t.co/hHUgDMYObR
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) November 26, 2019
Staggering. Tucker Carlson actually said he’s “rooting for Russia” in their conflict with Ukraine. So, he’s rooting for a country trying to invade and occupy a US ally. Seriously. He also said, “why should I care what happens with Russia and Ukraine?” Nutty. https://t.co/WyctFqbfZV
— Al Bernstein (@AlBernstein) November 26, 2019
Tucker TV confessions usually reveal his deep-seated white supremacy. Tonight, he confesses to rooting for Russia against Ukraine.
Your 2019 Republican Party! pic.twitter.com/CwHYAD2I2B
— Matt Rogers 🎙 (@Politidope) November 26, 2019
Russia invaded a sovereign nation, an EU ally, an American ally, and Tucker said it out loud, he is rooting for Russia. We all knew it, they just never said it. They are rooting for the end of Democracy.
— Almost Turkey Time Dan (@JakesForLuck) November 26, 2019
Russia invaded Ukraine, stole Crimea, and continues to murder Ukrainians in Putin’s war on its soil
Tucker Carlson announces he’s rooting for Russia.
Team Putin-Trump in action… https://t.co/CDCNfDCrVO
— Alexandra Chalupa (@AlexandraChalup) November 26, 2019
Tucker backs despotic, corrupt Russia over people in Ukraine who just want to be free. He should lose all advertisers and his audience- why would you willingly put up with his betrayal of democracy? #BoycottTuckerCarlson https://t.co/0VDzKF0FRY
— Hopeful_Resister! (@upton1144) November 26, 2019
Tucker Carlson openly sides with Russia now.
Remember, every US intelligence agency confirmed that Russia hacked the DNC servers and attempted to hack voting machines in all 50 states.
Carlson should be exiled to Russia.
— Skip Churchman (@ChurchmanSkip) November 26, 2019
Tucker is rooting for Russia. Russia attacked us. UKRAINE is our ally. https://t.co/YLynFvKwnH
— Pamela lacks pizzazz (@pamica) November 26, 2019
Tucker has gone all the way down the rabbit hole. He is seriously unbalanced on his show tonite. I am worried for him. He is “rooting for Russia”? https://t.co/xVtcO7lxts
— dane lancaster (@danelancaster) November 26, 2019
Useful to have it formally confirmed https://t.co/xHTyIEt7eT
— David Frum (@davidfrum) November 26, 2019
Trump announces Rudy Giuliani ‘wants to go before Congress’ and testify about his Ukraine dealings
President Donald Trump on Saturday said that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, wanted to testify before Congress.
Speaking to reporters as he departed for a Republican fundraiser in Florida, Trump praised the former New York City mayor.
"Rudy, as you know, has been one of the great crime fighters of the last 50 years," Trump said of his lawyer, who is reportedly under federal investigation for breaking the law.
"And, he did get back from Europe just recently and I know -- he has not told me what he found, but I think he wants to go before Congress and say, and also to the attorney general and the Department of Justice," Trump said.
GOP governors are refusing to do Trump’s bidding and ducking him on the campaign trail: report
On Saturday, Maggie Haberman of The New York Times profiled how President Donald Trump is having less luck whipping Republican governors into line than Republican senators, including governors who arguably owe their election to his support.
"In Florida, Mr. Trump’s aides helped save the flailing candidacy of Ron DeSantis in the 2018 Republican primary, and then the general election," wrote Haberman. "Also last year, in Georgia, Mr. Trump helped pull Brian Kemp over the finish line in both the primary and the general election. In both cases, Mr. Trump’s advisers implored him to stay out of the primaries, and he agreed to — only to surprise his aides by jumping in to support Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Kemp."
Courts have avoided refereeing between Congress and the president — Trump may change all that
President Donald Trump’s refusal to hand over records to Congress and allow executive branch employees to provide information and testimony to Congress during the impeachment battle is the strongest test yet of legal principles that over the past 200 years have not yet been fully defined by U.S. courts.
It’s not the first test: Struggles over power among the political branches predate our Constitution. The framers chose not to, and probably could not, fully resolve them.