Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported on his show Thursday that President Biden was given a choice by Russia when swapping prisoners for the “Merchant of Death” and he chose a black, lesbian basketball player named Brittney Griner over a white former Marine named Paul Whelan.
(Video Credit: Fox News)
Biden carried out the swap on Thursday for Griner who had been detained in Russia since February on drug charges for possessing less than half a gram of hash oil. In return, the United States released one of the most dangerous men on the planet, an arms dealer named Viktor Bout, who was convicted in 2011 of conspiring to kill Americans.
“So that’s the guy that Joe Biden just sprung from prison, the international arms dealer who’s arming terror groups and drug cartels. Now, keep in mind, the same administration that did that is simultaneously calling for the arrest and imprisonment of American citizens who have handgun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. So by any measure, it was a very costly prisoner swap. Certainly, from Paul Whelan’s perspective, it was,” Carlson remarked.
Whelan was detained in Russia in 2018 for alleged spying when he attended a friend’s wedding there. He was given 16 years in a Russian hellhole.
Many conservatives believe the deal should not have been made at all. Others believe that Whelan should have been part of the deal that was brokered.
Meet Brittney Griner & Marine Paul Whelan.
Both were convicted in Russian courts on dubious charges.
Both serving multi-year sentences in Russian prison.
Brittney hates America
Paul served America
Guess which one Biden traded a terrorist to free?
Semper fi Paul pic.twitter.com/tuP1R6AZpf
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) December 8, 2022
Brittney Griner being released in exchange for a convicted arms dealer.
What about Retired U.S. Marine Paul Whelan?
— Mayra Flores (@MayraFlores2022) December 8, 2022
Tucker Carlson told viewers that Biden was given a choice between the former Marine and the black, lesbian basketball player and predictably chose the latter instead of demanding that both be released. That fact came out in the original reporting by NBC News. Many immediately saw it as an extreme sign of weakness by Biden.
“‘This was not a choice of which American to bring home.’ Really? Oh, but it clearly was a choice. And we know it was a choice because the first accounts of the prisoner swap with Russia said it was a choice. Earlier today, Andrea Mitchell of NBC — this is someone who’s been in Washington covering news for more than 50 years, someone who is deeply supportive of the Joe Biden administration — contributed to a story that contained this line: ‘The Kremlin gave the White House the choice of either Griner or Whelan — or none.’ So Mitchell’s piece attributed this fact to a ‘senior U.S. official.’ It was not a guess. It was sourced. And then, as with the early reporting on Paul Pelosi last month, that account was scrubbed and sanitized, and the new version of the NBC story assures us that: ‘The Kremlin ultimately gave the White House the choice of either Griner or no one,'” he reported.
HOLY SHIT. NBCNews stealth-edited their news article saying Biden had to pick either Griner or Whelan. pic.twitter.com/aNoFKV9MqO
— Steve Oatley (@steveoatley) December 8, 2022
“The ‘professional athlete’ is also an American citizen” — Karine Jean-Pierre hits back at Peter Doocy after he derisively describes Brittney Griner as a “a professional athlete” pic.twitter.com/afnzb5RO7o
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 8, 2022
“Why’d they make that choice?” the Fox News host asked. “Well, you should know that Whalen is a Trump voter and he made the mistake of saying so on social media. He’s paying the price for that now. Brittney Griner is not. She’s got very different politics. Brittney Griner despises the United States. She’s been very vocal about that. This country is so repellent and immoral that two years ago she said: ‘I honestly feel we should not play the national anthem during our basketball season.’ She hates the country so much she doesn’t want to hear its anthem. That’s the kind of position that gets you rewarded by Joe Biden. ‘Hate America? Perfect. We’ll free the guy who sold weapons to drug cartels to get you out early.’”
Then, Carlson highlighted a comment by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
“It came to either bring Brittney home or no one. As the president said this morning, he will never stop working to secure Paul’s release and return home. And he will not give up. On a personal note, Brittney Griner is more than an athlete, more than an Olympian, she is an important role model and inspiration to millions of Americans, particularly the LGBTQI+ Americans and women of color. She should never have been detained by Russia,” Jean-Pierre declared.
(Video Credit: Forbes Breaking News)
“How does this deal not send a message to Russia and to other governments that if they wrongfully detain American[s] … they will have some of their most dangerous criminals, in this case the ‘Merchant of Death,’ released?”
Jean-Pierre: “I cannot speak for other countries.” pic.twitter.com/zN6Z9dLF6V
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 8, 2022
Carlson then asserted that Jean-Pierre intimated that being black and a lesbian are “essential qualifications for a prisoner swap.”
“So there’s Joe Biden’s press secretary telling you that Brittney Griner is important because she’s a lesbian woman of color, and by the way, so am I. That’s what she said. Now, how perverse is that? You hear that kind of stuff all the time, but how perverse is it? Well, imagine a press secretary from the last administration, say, Sean Spicer, pausing in the middle of a briefing to tell you that ‘on a personal note, it is thrilling when a straight, white man gets out of prison.’ What would you think of that? You’d probably see that as an offense against the idea of the rule of law, against the idea of a country where we’re all treated equally because we’re all citizens. But liberals don’t see it that way because they don’t believe in abstract principles, so they’re 100% behind that idea,” Carlson noted.
“You get more rights based on what color you are, what sexual orientation you are. But that’s not how this country works or has ever worked or should ever work. That’s immoral,” he concluded.
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