The Fox News anchor has been accused of promoting Kremlin propaganda after his monologue Monday night accused the Biden government of cynically exploiting the invasion and urged Ukraine to negotiate a deal with it Wladimir Putin.
“The Democrats are convinced of that Russia stole the presidency that rightfully belonged to Hillary Clinton, they mean business when they say it,” Carlson said.
“The war in Ukraine is intended to bring about regime change in Moscow. They want to overthrow the Russian government.
“That would be payback for the 2016 election. That’s the logical, perhaps inevitable, final stage of the Russiagate.”
Commentators on Twitter said the comments sounded straight out of Russian state television.
Author Max Boot said the Fox host was “again parroting what the war criminals in the Kremlin are saying.”
“More Russia First propaganda from the ‘America First’ crowd.”
.@TuckerCarlson Repeats what war criminals in the Kremlin are saying: Biden should urge Ukraine to surrender (reach an “agreement”) rather than lose more lives fighting the Russian invasion. More Russia First propaganda from the America First crowd. https://t.co/4Mtl6YM9n9
– MaxBoot 🇺🇦 (@MaxBoot) May 3, 2022
Journalist Aaron Rupar tweeted: “The war in Ukraine has nothing to do with Ukraine, claims Tucker Carlson.”
Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh tweeted that “Tucker Carlson again tonight blames America for Putin’s war.”
“When I was young, too many leftists ‘blamed America first.’ Now the right proudly owns the ‘Blame America First’ team and Tucker Carlson is the team captain happily shitting America night after night.”
Once again tonight, Tucker Carlson blames America for Putin’s war. Too many leftists “blamed America first” when I was young. Now the right is proud of the Blame America First team and @TuckerCarlson is a team captain and happily shits on America night after night. https://t.co/ZZgXNpV6ag
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) May 3, 2022
Retired police officer Tim McMillan tweeted: “Tonight on the Kremlin controlled state media…oh wait…never mind. That’s just Comrade Tucker Carlson.”
“Putin would not change a word,” said democratic activist Ron Filipkowski.
Carlson has been accused of using his extensive cable news tracking to advance Russia’s interests well before the invasion of Ukraine began in late February.
In the days leading up to the invasion, he said Putin never called him a racist or tried to fire him and asked why he didn’t like him.
He also tried to undermine any moral argument for defending Ukraine, claiming that it is “not a democracy” and full of oligarchs.
He continued to promote conspiracy theories justifying an invasion, claiming that Russia’s actions were justified because they wanted to dismantle secret biological research facilities.
Two weeks after the start of the war abc newsChief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl said: “What is kind of inexplicable here is that what is being said is almost a plagiarism of Vladimir Putin.
“It’s almost word for word what Vladimir Putin is.”
Resurfaced clips from 2019 showed Carlson saying he was “Russia”.
In mid-March, Carlson denied being a Russian apologist.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/tucker-carlson-ukraine-putin-2016-election-b2070839.html Tucker Carlson has criticized him for pushing Ukraine into a deal with Putin and linking the invasion to Russian hacking in the 2016 US election