Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused Sen. Lindsey Graham of being a war-mongering neocon who’s managed to bamboozle former President Donald Trump with flattery.
Carlson dropped the accusation during Wednesday’s edition of Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“On the two issues that define our moment, immigration and foreign policy, Lindsey Graham is strongly on Joe Biden’s side. Lindsey Graham believes that Ukraine’s borders are much more important than our own borders,” he began.
As proof, he played a clip from last month of Graham demanding that the U.S. send M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.
“It was part of a strategy, and not long after that, Joe Biden indeed dutifully sent the tanks,” Carlson noted.
A month later, Graham is now reportedly demanding the U.S. send F-16s to Ukraine as well.
“Arming the Ukrainian military with F-16s would mean direct American involvement in a war against nuclear-armed Russia. From there, it is a direct and possibly very short line to a nuclear exchange. It is lunacy. True lunacy,” Carlson said.
“But it’s also Lindsey Graham’s stated position. He’s an utterly committed neocon. Neocon politics are what he cares about to the exclusion of everything else. He has no children. He’s not worried about the future, but you knew that, of course,” he added.
All three of us, one Republican and two Democrats, share the same goal – for Ukraine to drive the Russians out of Ukraine.
To achieve that goal, the Ukrainian military needs tanks. pic.twitter.com/WsrJBmgvj4
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 20, 2023
Continuing his monologue, Carlson then contrasted Graham’s hardcore neocon views with those of former President Donald Trump, a man whom the senator passionately supports.
“Whatever else he may be, Donald Trump is not a neocon. The neocons hate Donald Trump. They run from him as the devil hates holy water. Trump famously ran against the neocons and then he mocked the neocons and then he tried to fix the destruction they had wrought on America’s foreign policy. He was the first Republican ever to criticize the Iraq War in the debate. Remember where? South Carolina, and he won because of it,” the Fox News host said.
“Then he criticized NATO. No one criticizes NATO. Trump criticizes NATO. NATO is Donald Trump’s obsession. He’s talked about NATO for ten years. Why are we funding NATO? NATO also happens to be Joe Biden and Lindsey Graham’s instrument in the war against Russia in Ukraine. That’s the opposite of Trump’s position and by the way, that position has not changed,” he added.
When it comes to foreign policy, Trump is therefore the antithesis of everything Graham represents. And yet instead of denouncing him as a “Putin puppet” or “traitor,” the senator’s been busy campaigning with the former president.
“You can talk about [President Trump’s] policies, but you could not do what he did.”@LindseyGrahamSC reviews President @realDonaldTrump’s unique policy accomplishments from his administration.
Watch Our Coverage Of President Trump’s SC Speech here: https://t.co/PF2AO7AwMc pic.twitter.com/970IIqfSGF
— Real America’s Voice (RAV) (@RealAmVoice) January 28, 2023
The problem, Carlson continued, is that Graham is no Trump fanboy.
“Lindsey Graham is an enemy of Donald Trump and we know that not from what he says. Ignore what they say. Watch what they do, always. This is the same Lindsey Graham who spent four years when Trump was president trying to undermine Donald Trump’s biggest priorities on the biggest issues, immigration and foreign policy,” he said.
Indeed, Graham made a big fuss when Trump tried to build a border wall and later when he sought to withdraw troops from Syria,
Meanwhile, the senator “promoted sending billions to Pakistan — not to Baltimore — to Pakistan, because we need to help women open up bank accounts in a country where ‘life is pretty tough,'” Carlson said.
He also tried to expand the EB5 visa program, which would have given “green cards to rich foreigners who promise to invest money here.”
“Half of those visa recipients come from China. So, when Americans were losing their jobs thanks to a virus that came from China, possibly on purpose, Lindsey Graham was dutifully serving the interests of the Chinese ruling class,” Carlson noted.
The point, he pointed out, is that “whatever else you say about Lindsey Graham, he is the walking embodiment of neoliberalism.”
“Ignore your own people, your own children, your own drug addicts living on the streets, your own dying middle class, in favor of some theoretical act of virtue in a place you know nothing about. I’m a good person because I’ve helped people I’ve never met, even as my own people die. That is neoliberalism. That is Lindsey Graham,” he said.
“And yet, and here’s where your head starts to spin, this same man is also campaigning on behalf of the America First candidate, Donald Trump. What! Shouldn’t Lindsey Graham be campaigning for people he agrees with like Mike Pompeo or Nikki Haley? You’d think so, but he was at a Trump rally at exactly the moment that Trump is fighting everything that Lindsey Graham is supporting. Literally just today, Trump condemned Joe Biden for sending those M1 tanks to Ukraine,” he added.
“First comes the tanks, then come the nukes. Get this crazy war ended NOW.” – President Donald J. Trumppic.twitter.com/VgSaT9rvVM
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) February 1, 2023
But according to Carlson, Trump should have condemned Graham as well, because he’s just as much to blame.
“Biden is doing that, and he’s doing it because Lindsey Graham and a whole lot of other Republicans in Washington — but most prominently Lindsey Graham — gave Biden the cover he needed to do that,” he said.
Which again raises the question of why exactly is Graham campaigning with Trump. The reason why, according to Carlson, is because of flattery.
“Lindsey Graham believes that Trump may get the Republican nomination, and he is trying to control Donald Trump through flattery. Not through argument or with facts and reason, as you do with adults, but with false praise. These are the politics of the late Ottoman court, transplanted to Washington. Tell the ruler what he wants to hear so that you are free to subvert what the ruler wants,” he said.
“There is nothing uglier or more demeaning to all involved or, by the way, less democratic. There’s nothing more sinister than a flatterer. If you have a choice between a man who wants to punch you in the face or a man who’s willing to tell you a lie and claim you’re great, choose the guy with a cocked fist every time because you are less likely to get hurt,” he added.
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