President Biden’s inflammatory call to remove Russia’s Vladimir Putin from power on Saturday sparked feverish speculation on cable news networks – with hosts openly wondering if the dictator might be assassinated.
“In terms of possible regime change, how does that work? [Putin] be overthrown?” Fox News host Eric Shawn asked a guest, national security analyst Rebecca Grant.
“Will he be murdered? Was he kicked out? Is he grounded? Is he told you have to go to your Black Sea dacha for the rest of your life? How does it end?”
Biden concluded his much-anticipated speech in Warsaw with the emphatic declaration: “For God’s sake this man cannot stay in power.”
“Absolutely, [Biden] called for regime change,” Grant told Shawn. “I think this is unprecedented in US-Russia diplomatic history. This is putting US-Russian relations in a deep freeze.”
But she dismissed the idea that Putin would be removed.
“We would all like to see Putin gone, but I think that’s very unrealistic at this point,” Grant said.
“Let’s see if the State Department or the White House try to return that later or not,” she added.
Minutes later, a White House official did just that.
“He hasn’t talked about Putin’s power in Russia or regime change,” the unnamed official hastily told members of Biden’s traveling press pool.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/26/cable-news-hosts-speculate-about-putin-assassination-after-biden-comments/ Cable news anchors speculate about Putin’s assassination following Biden’s comments