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Fox News host Tucker Carlson has picked another fight with a Republican lawmaker who is standing up for Ukraine.
It was Senator Jim Risch’s (R-ID) turn to feel the heat from Carlson after he played some of the senator’s comments on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“The people who are saying that we shouldn’t be engaged in this at all are going to be singing a very different tune when they go to fill up their car with gas, if indeed there is an invasion by Russia. It is going to cripple their oil production and as we all know, Russia is simply a gas station that is masquerading – thinly disguised – masquerading as a country,” Risch said on CNN Sunday.
Carlson was not impressed:
“‘Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country.’ That’s a good line. Here’s another version of it: Jim Risch is a moron masquerading as a U.S. senator. How else could you explain what you just heard? Risch promises to throw more sanctions on Russia, which are gonna make your gas prices go up here in this country. But somehow that’s your fault because you’re not patriotic enough to defend Ukraine.
“How do people like this get elected in Republican primaries?” he wondered.
Carlson then played another line from Risch noting that Ukraine is a pro-Western democracy: “Ukraine is a democracy. We side always with countries that are democracies.”
The Fox News host took issue with that statement as well.
“The problem with this,” Carlson began, is that Risch has “heaped praise on the corrupt theocratic petro-monarchies of Bahrain, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Senator Risch calls them partners and says we ought to send them more weapons systems even though those countries do not allow voting.”
In Risch’s defense, there was no mention by Carlson about which of those nations is facing invasion by a foreign power hostile to the United States, or how that means America should abandon its commitment to democracy elsewhere. Carlson did not elaborate on where NATO or the Biden administration has committed to using force to defend Ukraine, or who exactly (in real authority) is talking about actually going to war.
Carlson’s staunch stance on Russia has garnered considerable criticism – even in the Russian media, which openly wonders if he’s going too far and doing the Kremlin a disservice, and wondering whether he took “advanced training courses at the Russian Foreign Ministry.”
Meanwhile, the situation in Ukraine remains volatile as the country continues to face the prospect of invasion by a land-hungry Russia determined to reclaim imperial glory and humble the United States.
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