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
Courtesy of The Guardian:
Tucker Carlson is rooting for Russia in its conflict with Ukraine – or at least he said he was on his Fox News primetime show.
“Why do I care … what is going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia?” the host said. “And I’m serious. Why do I care? Why shouldn’t I root for Russia, which I am?”
He made his comment about Ukraine in a discussion of the impeachment inquiry with Richard Goodstein, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton.
On Carlson’s show, Goodstein pointed to testimony before the House intelligence committee last week. David Holmes, a US official based in Ukraine, said Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the EU and a key player in the approach to Ukraine, said Trump “doesn’t give a shit” about corruption in the country, the stated reason for pressuring Zelenskiy.
“We do care about the substance of it,” Carlson said. “And the substance of it is that Trump, for all of his sins and I will concede some of them, has never taken close to a million dollars a year from a Ukrainian energy company to do nothing because his dad is the vice-president. So, Hunter Biden did.”
The son of Joe Biden, the former vice-president who is a frontrunner to face Trump at the polls next year, had a board position at a Ukrainian energy company. There is no suggestion he or his father did anything illegal.
“I actually like Hunter Biden,” Carlson continued, “but that’s totally corrupt and you know it. Why is it worse to ask about it than do it?”
Goldstein said: “Because people are dying on the frontlines.”
Laughing, Carlson said: “Why do I care, why do I care what is going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia? And I’m serious. Why do I care? Why shouldn’t I root for Russia, which I am.”
Because, Goldstein said, “preserving democracy is important”.
“I don’t care!” Carlson said.
As the Guardian article points out Carlson took it all back at the end of the show, but that was likely after hearing from producers yelling in his earpiece for saying the quiet part out loud.
The fact is that he said it, and that it seems to follow a pattern of Fox News hosts helping to spread Russian propganda and providing cover for some of their more inhumane practices.
Personally I would like to see Congress launch an investigation into Fox News and call them out for journalistic malpractice and for actively working to help a foreign aggressor lie to the American people, and lull them into a false sense of security while they undermine our democracy and work to pit us against each other.