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Fox News host Tucker Carlson opened Monday night’s show with a long monologue on how the war in Ukraine really has little to do with Ukraine, motivated at least in part by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s surprise visit to war-torn Kyiv to meet with Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Carlson explained in painstaking detail his take on the real motivation behind U.S. involvement in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, beginning by noting that “virtually nobody in Washington, D.C. thought Donald Trump could win, and they didn’t think that because the entire press corps had been telling them for months that Trump had, as they always put it, literally no chance.”
“In the end, of course, they were not only wrong, they were hilariously wrong. By midnight, Trump had won and a lot of highly educated, extremely well-credentialed people suddenly looked ridiculous. Hillary Clinton herself was so shocked by the results that night that she refused to give a concession speech. She went to bed hoping it was just a dream,” he explained.
Insisting that what happened “in the days between the election and Thanksgiving” were much more important, Carlson said that “set the course for where we are right now.”
“Where we are right now is speeding toward one of the great disasters in our history. So, the leaders of the Democratic Party couldn’t, in effect, handle the outcome of the 2016 election,” Carlson opined. “They snapped under the strain of it, under the crushed expectation. But rather than look inward and assess their own role in the disaster — ‘What did we do wrong? Why did voters reject us?’ and other questions that emotionally mature adults might have asked — Democratic leaders instead immediately set out to find somebody else to blame for the election results. And soon they settled on Russia.”
Recounting the Democratic claim that Vladimir Putin got Trump elected, he stressed that Hillary Clinton “said that repeatedly.”
“It was not a factual claim and yet they kept saying it in the face of no evidence and over time they began acting on it like it was true. Then, even over more time, they paralyzed the entire federal government for years, fruitlessly trying to prove the core claims of Russiagate, but they never could because those claims weren’t true. And yet, critically, they clung to those claims,” Carlson said, “They never stopped repeating the talking point. The Russian government, ‘hacked our election.'”
“That was Jen Psaki not long ago, saying it out loud like it were true,” he continued. “Now, here’s the context. As she said that, Psaki was trying to explain why the Biden administration is, in effect, working to overthrow the Russian government right now and for once, Jen Psaki was telling the truth. That is why. Democrats have convinced themselves that Russia stole the presidency, which rightfully belonged to Hillary Clinton, and they mean it when they say it. And that’s why they are taking us to war with Russia.”
Arguing the war in Ukraine is not about saving democracy, not about protecting the sacred borders of a sovereign country, and “certainly not about helping the Ukrainian people,” Carlson noted that there’s no effort on the part of the U.S. to reach a diplomatic settlement with Russia and that Democrats are singularly focused on arming Ukraine.
He highlighted the words of U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., who accompanied Pelosi to Ukraine, “We’re in it to win it. We’re going to win. We’re here until we get victory.”
“We don’t arm Ukraine so we can help the Ukrainians. They’re merely unfortunate pawns in all of this,” Carlson said. “We arm Ukraine so that we can punish Russia. Why? For stealing Hillary Clinton’s coronation.”
“This is the most reckless foreign policy in our lifetimes, in American history,” he added. “You are watching a group of decadent, in some cases senile leaders, casually dismiss the consequences of going to war with the nuclear-armed nation.”
“We do know that Putin has placed Russia’s nuclear forces on high alert and again, Russia has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world, and again, why wouldn’t he use those weapons? They tell us daily he is evil and insane and he may well be a risk. Yeah, but no one in Washington seems worried in the slightest,” Carlson said.
The Biden administration has requested another $33 billion for Ukraine, to include “longer-range artillery,” the Fox News host said, before pointing out that the Ukraine aid also includes a pathway to citizenship for Afghan refugees, their spouses, and children.
“If you want to know why our leaders are determined to escalate this conflict, there’s your answer,” he concluded. “It means more power for them. It means revenge for the 2016 election, and if that means triggering a nuclear conflict between our nation and theirs, so be it.”
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