Eric Bolling accuses Tucker of being ‘Putin’s press secretary’ over Lindsey Graham innuendo

Newsmax host Eric Bolling slammed Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday over “mean” remarks he’d made about Sen. Lindsey Graham a day earlier, at one point referring to him as Russian President Vladimir “Putin’s press secretary.”

Basically, Carlson seemed to suggest that Graham’s personal issues may explain his undying loyalty to Ukraine.

Bolling wasn’t pleased.


“Bah humbug, Tucker. Don’t be so mean, and don’t be so rude. And by the way, Tucker, are you sure you should be saying things like this?” Bolling, a former Fox News host, said Friday.

“Well, Tucker also went on to say Lindsey Graham is coming out … long pause … in favor of the omnibus bill. I’m not sure you’re supposed to be doing that, Mr. Tucker. I’m calling you out. You owe Lindsey Graham an apology. Whether you agree with him or not, whether you’re Putin’s press secretary or not — I think you are — you can’t say that about people. That’s just not right,” he added, focusing on the innuendo about Graham’s personal life and speculation among many that the bachelor may be homosexual.

What exactly did Carlson say on Thursday?

“So the other day, Lindsey Graham came out … the Republican from South Carolina, and said that he agreed with Joe Biden and Zelenskyy. The real goal is not to move Russian troops out of Ukraine, back to pre-February borders. The real goal is regime change in Russia,” he began.

He then played a clip of Graham calling for exactly that.

“How does this war end? When Russia breaks and they take Putin out. Anything short of that, the war is going to continue. To ask the Ukrainians to give Russia part of their country after all this death and destruction is not going to happen,” the senator had said during a Fox News appearance a day earlier, Wednesday.

“To signal a cease-fire, Russia will take the opportunity to rearm and come at them again. So we’re in it to win it. And the only way you’re going to win it is to break the Russian military and have somebody in Russia take Putin out,” he’d added.

Continuing his remarks Thursday, the Fox News host then tore into Graham’s personal life.

“So it’s really hard to overstate how crazy this is. And you don’t want to play shrink and wonder about, you know, what emptiness at the core of Lindsey Graham’s personal life causes him to identify so strongly with a country he’s not a citizen of. Something’s going on there. But the effect is incredibly reckless and crazy,” Carlson said.

“Take out Putin. Putin’s bad. Kill him. Fine. What happens then? Well, the world’s largest landmass falls into ungovernable chaos. And that country has the world’s largest nuclear arsenal. What happens to all those weapons? In a country with a lot of people who hate us. Lindsey Graham has no idea. He doesn’t care. He’s not interested. He’s not going to be here to find out,” he added.

Expanding his criticism to every lawmaker in Congress who’d clapped for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy when he’d spoken in front of them Wednesday, he added that they’d all been “clapping for regime change.”

“And none of the lawmakers who clapped yesterday had any idea either. They’re clapping for regime change. They’re clapping for an uncertain and incredibly dangerous future. It’s not getting the Russian military out of Ukraine. It’s much more than that. And they don’t want to know more,” he said.

“And you know what they don’t care about? You, your health care, your southern border, your children, your schools, your country. They don’t care,” Carlson concluded.


This feud now involving Bolling, Carlson, and Graham comes amid Zelenskyy’s historic visit to the White House and address to Congress.

As previously reported, the Ukrainian president used his time before Congress to beg for yet even more U.S. dollars.

Following the Ukrainian president’s speech, Carlson tore into him as well.

“[T]he president of Ukraine arrived at the White House dressed like the manager of a strip club and started to demand money. Amazingly, no one threw him out. Instead, they did whatever he wanted,” the Fox News host said.

“American taxpayers declare Joe Biden will continue to give Zelenskyy whatever he demands for, quote, ‘as long as it takes.’ Tellingly, Biden never specified what ‘it’ is. As long as it takes to do what? Push the Russian army back to pre-invasion borders? Sounds reasonable,” he added.

But, Carlson continued, that’s clearly not Zelenskyy’s true goal. What he really wants and is actively seeking is regime change, never mind the consequences.

“So what happens if he ‘wins?’ What does the ensuing chaos look like? Thought about that? Who’s going to secure the world’s largest nuclear arsenal once we help Zelenskyy topple the Russian government? Who replaces Putin? Strangely, those topics did not come up today because that wasn’t the point,” he said.

“The point was to fawn over the Ukrainian strip club manager and hand him billions more dollars from our own crumbling economy. It is hard, in fact, it may be impossible to imagine a more humiliating scenario for the greatest country on earth. And we would love to blame Joe Biden for it. But we can’t really, not entirely, at least,” he continued.

Why not? Because America’s love affair with Ukraine is a bipartisan one in which both Democrats and Republicans are active participants, as evidenced by Graham and his own inexplicable loyalty to the European nation …


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