Fox News top primetime host Tucker Carlson Monday night stunned many Americans by declaring he supports one of America’s greatest enemies.
“I should say for the record that I’m totally opposed to these sanctions and I don’t think we should be at war with Russia and I think we should take the side of Russia if we have to choose between Russia and Ukraine,” Carlson told his Fox News viewers.
“I should say for the record that I’m totally opposed to these sanctions and I don’t think we should be at war with Russia and I think we should take the side of Russia if we have to choose between Russia and Ukraine.” #TuckerCarlsonIsATraitor #NATOpic.twitter.com/8qjZWeql53
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) December 3, 2019
It was not the first time.
Just one week earlier Carlson had made a very similar statement, only to walk it back at the end of the episode after immediate outrage on social media.
“Why shouldn’t I root for Russia? Which I am,” Carlson had declared one week ago Monday.
He later claimed he had made the staggeringly offensive remark to mock the left.
Carlson might want to remember that Russia attacked the U.S. 2016 election in order to make Americans distrust our democratic institutions, including our election system, and to install his chosen presidential candidate.
(And it’s not just Russia’s attacks against America. Human Rights Watch issued a report on Russia’s violations of human rights, including “Torture and Cruel and Degrading Treatment.” Also, attacks on “Freedom of Assembly” and “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,” among others.)
After Carlson’s Monday night embrace of Russia, many on social again expressed outrage and disgust.
Some accused Carlson of “aiding and abetting” Russia:
So, just to be clear, the position of Fox is that it supports our enemies. (And make no mistake, they’re an enemy. They attacked us in 2016, sought to undermine our democracy, and seeks to undermine us daily around the world. Not-so-bright Tucker is aiding and abetting them.) https://t.co/eCL4ZSg41H
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) December 3, 2019
Some launched hashtags, including #ComradeCarlson #TraitorTucker #CarlsonIsACommie #TuckerCarlsonIsATraitor.
Some accused Carlson of treason or being a traitor:
— Straight Christian White Man, Inc. (@GOPIdeal) December 3, 2019
— Kathleen Braga (@kathybraga8) December 3, 2019
Fox News: Foreign political warfare operation.
Tucker Carlson: Traitor. https://t.co/0zgNcmDWQ5
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) December 3, 2019
Tucker Carlson shows his true colors. What a contemptible traitor. https://t.co/XZFFsz2cEz
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) December 3, 2019
Unbelievable. Tucker Carlson, a prominent Trumpian thought leader, proudly expresses his support for Russia as its attacks against our nation are ongoing. It’s an unimaginable betrayal. These traitors—and, yes, that’s exactly what they are—just have to be defeated everywhere. https://t.co/57o8qc3SPV
— Evan McMullin (@EvanMcMullin) December 3, 2019
Tucker is still shilling for Russia.https://t.co/mFMl0tALMs
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) December 3, 2019
Tonight, Tucker Carlson stated he does not believe Russia should be sanctioned, that he would side with Russia over Ukraine, and lastly, asked, “what makes Putin so bad?”
Fox News is not even trying to hide it anymore.
They are state media for the Russian Republicans.
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) December 3, 2019
This is the alt-right dance Tucker is using: First they test out racist/fascist ideas by putting them out there as “jokes”. Once they gauge people’s reactions, they slowly start removing the “just kidding” excuse.
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) December 3, 2019
This new Russia thing with Tucker Carlson is just weird and it brings up an interesting question. If he continues, how many American companies would be okay supporting it from an advertising perspective?
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) December 3, 2019
Tucker Carlson trying to make Putin great again. https://t.co/WiQ7f1Obdj
— Wajahat “Abu Khadija” Ali (@WajahatAli) December 3, 2019
Trump appointee flails in Senate hearing as he tries to explain contradictory Pentagon statements
In the wake of news reports that the Trump administration is considering sending an additional 14,000 troops to the Middle East, potentially doubling the current amount of US troops sent to the region since May, the Pentagon's attempts to deny the revelations aren't going to well, according to Task & Purpose.
In a statement, Pentagon spokesperson Alyssa Farah said that there are no plans for a troop increase "at this time."
"As discussed in the hearing today, we are constantly evaluating the threat situation around the world and considering our options," Farah said. "We adjust our force posture and troop levels based on adversary action and the dynamic security situation. Secretary Esper spoke to Chairman Inhofe this morning and reaffirmed that we are not considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East at this time."
‘Make America 36th Out of 41 Developed Nations Again’: Social justice index of developed nations puts US near bottom
Meanwhile, the democratic-socialist Nordic countries of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden enjoy the top spots in detailed survey of OECD nations.
Not dead last, but close to it.
That's where the United States came out in a new survey of the world's 41 highly-developed nations measuring access to social justice and the opportunities they afford their respective citizens and residents.
Where’s the ‘secret’ White House Russia room? diplomat jokes
One of Moscow's top diplomats joked to President Donald Trump on Thursday after touring the White House that he was disappointed not to have seen the "secret" Russia room.
"Thank you for the tour of the White House," Vasily Nebenzya, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, told Trump at a lunch for the members of the UN Security Council.
"We saw the China room, but we didn't see the Russia room," Nebenzya said to laughter from around the table, adding that he wondered if such a room existed but was "top secret."
Nebenzya's quip followed remarks by China's UN ambassador, Zhang Jun, who thanked Trump for his hospitality, saying, "We have made a tour around this number of rooms: the green one, the red one and also the China room."