Tucker Carlson responds to accusations, threat of probe and arrest for Tulsi Gabbard

Tucker Carlson has been pilloried by the left for his nightly views on the Ukraine crisis and he fired back at critics Monday.

On “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday, the Fox News host called out critics and defended himself, singling out those like Sen. Mitt Romney and even the left-leaning hosts of ABC’s “The View” who suggested he be investigated and possibly arrested.

In the course of his lengthy monologue, Carlson also came to the defense of former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard after she opened a can of worms with her questioning of U.S. activities in Ukraine laboratories.

He told viewers that “it does seem like if you take a step back, the very same people who spent the last say two years telling us that this country, our country, is inherently sinful, and racist, and disgusting, and born in iniquity, those same people, the ones who lecture you about how there’s something inherently wrong with you, if you live here, we’re born here, those same people have been the very quickest, the very first to whip around and accuse anyone who wants to save the United States from yet another pointless war, a war that they would never fight in and nor would their children, accuse those people of being unpatriotic.”


(Video: Fox News)

Focusing on Romney, Carlson said the Utah Republican “is debasing himself, degrading himself, in order to be liked in Washington.” He highlighted Romney’s attack on Gabbard whom he accused of “parroting false Russian propaganda.”

“Her treasonous lies may well cost lives,” Romney had said in a tweet referring to the former Hawaii congresswoman’s warning that ‘There are 25+ US-funded biolabs in Ukraine which if breached would release & spread deadly pathogens to US/world.”

The Biden administration has denied that there were any bioweapons facilities in Ukraine, though not the fact that there are labs in the country doing medical research. A State Department spokesman noted last week that there are “Ukrainian diagnostic and biodefense laboratories” but confirmed that they “are not biological weapons facilities.”

“So, what exactly did Tulsi Gabbard do? Did she call for a violent overthrow of the United States government? Does she come out and pledge allegiance to Putin? Did she get a Cyrillic tattoo on her neck? No, she didn’t,” Carlson said. “What she said is, we have a problem.”

“Here you have Mitt Romney, who was a consultant, for God’s sakes, accusing someone who’s been in the Army for nearly two decades of treason. People didn’t use to talk that way. Treason is a death penalty offense,” Carlson continued, playing the video clip released by Gabbard.

“Yeah, she hates our country because she’s worried that a pathogen might escape from a biolab and hurt people,” Carlson said sarcastically. “Actually, everything that Tulsi Gabbard said, as you know, is true. It’s not a Republican issue. It’s not a Democrat issue. It’s a factual issue and even in war, truth is a defense. In fact, it’s the only defense. Is it true? And in a free country, you can speak the truth.”

He went on to explain that Gabbard “addressed and only addressed the danger that innocent people could die because these weapons, apparently these pathogens, these agents, exist in Ukraine.”

“She didn’t blame it on Russia. She didn’t blame anybody. She just said this is a thing. Unsecured bioweapons in a war zone are a bad idea. That’s not reasonable now? That’s treason? Reason isn’t part of the way people are thinking now. Everybody in leadership has completely lost the ability to think beyond the next tweet,” he said.

Gabbard herself noted that “this is about facts” and not about dissenting views.

After more examples of the reactions, Carlson shared a clip from “The View” in which the cohosts called for a Department of Justice investigation into Gabbard and Carlson’s show.

Alyssa Farah, a former Trump White House communications staffer, claimed that what “Carlson parrots every night on Fox News, what Tulsi Gabbard is spreading, is actually helping Putin get away with criminal acts against civilians.”

“I think the Department of Justice, in the same way it is setting up a task force to investigate oligarchs, should look into people who are Russian propagandists shilling for Putin,” said host Ana Navarro, a so-called Republican strategist. “If you are a foreign asset to a dictator, it should be investigated.”

“In fact, I remember when Tulsi Gabbard – and I even hate that we are discussing it because I think to myself who is this woman, – how do you not call out something that is repeating false Russian propaganda? And that has been brought down?” she asked, prompting Whoopi Goldberg to remark: “They use to arrest people for doing stuff like this.”

“Really? They used to arrest people for saying stuff like this. Hmm. When did they arrest people for saying stuff like this? And who was they, exactly?” Carlson shot back on his show, calling the ABC daytime talk show “an IQ killer.”

He told viewers that this show and its leftist co-hosts “is not alone.”

“A lot of people sound like this and it’s one of these processes where it sounds insane, I mean, for sure I can’t believe they said that and then over time, what sounded crazy the first time you heard it sounds a little more normal,” he said. “And then three weeks into the war, it sounds like probably pretty necessary.”

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