Tucker Carlson Just 'Joking' When He Said He's Serious About Rooting For Russia Like A Common Asset
Tucker Carlson has been called a "cheerleader" for Russia, and last night on his Fox News program, he busted out the pom-poms. During a discussion about impeachment with former Clinton adviser Richard Goodstein, Carlson fixated instead on the menace of Hunter Biden.
CARLSON: Here you have Joe Biden's ne'er-do-well son using his father's position to make a million dollars a year in a business he knows nothing about.
Yes, that is shocking. This is my shocked face, which you can't see because of how print works. Lindsey Graham claimed that Hunter Biden's employment with the Ukrainian gas company Burisma doesn't pass the "smell test." It's almost 2020, and conservatives have just awakened to the fact that the loser children of successful people often wind up with jobs for which they are in no way qualified. This is not just the daily reality of corporate America. It's also the ongoing reality of the Trump family. Jared Kushner might not receive a physical paycheck, but the American people pay a hefty price for his presence in the White House.
Carlson defended Donald Trump as someone who, for "all his sins," 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." Yes, the president never literally did what Carlson described. Instead, he attempted to extort a "favor" from Ukraine. Goodstein reminded Carlson that Trump never used the word "corruption" during his shakedown call. He wanted an "announcement" of a sham investigation into his political rival. That would easily serve as an in-kind donation to his re-election campaign well in excess of the million dollars Hunter Biden earned to sharpen pencils.
CARLSON: Now, I know Hunter Biden, I actually like Hunter Biden, but that's totally corrupt and you know it. Why is it worse to ask about it than do it?
This, by the way, is a sneak preview of Republican rhetoric during a Biden presidency. They will drag Uncle Joe as much as they did Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton but they'll preface everything with how much they like Biden personally. Graham said he "loves" Joe Biden as person. He once wept over the loss of Biden's son, Beau, but he'll paint a target on the back of his remaining one because he's a common gangster. It's not personal. It's strictly business.
The president holding up military aid to an ally for his own personal benefit is the definition of an impeachable offense. It's not a senior shoplifting incident, where grandpa just forgot he had the funding in his bag and walked out of the store. This was a deliberate and malicious act. Goldstein tried to explain the real, human impact to his sociopathic host.
GOODSTEIN: [P]eople are dying on the front lines. You think it's a joke --
CARLSON: Why do I care? Why do I care what's going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia?
GOODSTEIN: Because, I'll tell you why -
CARLSON: And I'm serious. Like, why do I care? And why shouldn't I root for Russia? Which I am.
Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014. It's the aggressor. Even from the most self-centered "America first" perspective, only Vladimir Putin benefits if Russia parties like it's 1939. The US agreed to send $400 million in support to fight off Russia. It doesn't matter if Ukraine eventually received the funding (after Trump got caught). Using it as leverage over an already desperate nation is horrific. It's certainly not the big joke Carlson suggested it was at the end of his show.
CARLSON: Earlier in the show, I noted that I was rooting for Russia in the contest between Russia and the Ukraine. Of course, I'm joking. I'm only rooting for America.
The ghoul claimed he didn't care how badly Russia screwed Ukraine barely a half hour earlier. He even said, "I'm serious." Perhaps I'm too literal but that implies that someone is serious. This is is like when magicians say there's nothing up their sleeve, but there totally is something up their sleeve. Why do they even mention their sleeves if they're going to lie about them? Carlson wants to pretend when it's convenient that his nightly, white nationalist cabaret act is all a big joke, but this isn't "The Colbert Report," which had the benefit of airing on a network called Comedy Central. Carlson is paid $6 million a year to dismiss the deaths of 13,000 people with glib callousness. That's more corrupt than anything Hunter Biden's ever done.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He's on the board of the Portland Playhouse theater and writes for the immersive theater Cafe Nordo in Seattle.