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‘Vladimir Putin didn’t do any of that’: Tucker Carlson slams anti-Putin rhetoric from Biden


Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson went after the Biden administration and the mainstream media for its attacks on Russian President Vladimir Putin as the conflict in Ukraine boils over.

Members of both parties have said they want to see Russia punished for what the White House is now calling an ‘invasion’ of Ukraine – after Putin announced Monday he would consider two Russia-backed separatist territories independent from Ukraine, and ordered troops there under the guise of ‘peacekeeping functions.’ 

Speaking above a chyron that read ‘Anything less than hating Putin is treason,’ Carlson denounced the attempts to make Putin a ‘bogeyman,’ wondering out loud what exactly he’d done to the United States, despite having referred to both Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as ‘tyrants’ just a day earlier.

‘Since the day that Donald Trump became president, Democrats in Washington told you, you have a patriotic duty to hate Vladimir Putin,’ Carlson said on his top-rated cable show ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ Tuesday. ‘It’s not a suggestion, it’s a mandate. Anything less than hatred for Putin is treason.’   

Tucker Carlson criticized Joe Biden and members of both parties for attempting to foment anti-Putin sentiment on his show Tuesday night

Carlson accused the president and vice president of believing American lives will be worth sacrificing for their hatred of the Russian president

Carlson accused the president and vice president of believing American lives will be worth sacrificing for their hatred of the Russian president

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives comments to the media after a ceremony to sign a declaration on allied cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan at Moscow's Kremlin

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin gives comments to the media after a ceremony to sign a declaration on allied cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan at Moscow’s Kremlin

President Joe Biden speaks on developments in Ukraine and Russia, and announces sanctions against Russia, from the East Room of the White House February 22

President Joe Biden speaks on developments in Ukraine and Russia, and announces sanctions against Russia, from the East Room of the White House February 22

Even Cardi B’s weighing in! Rapper says she’s ‘anti-NATO’ 

Cardi B has offered her thoughts on the escalating situation in Ukraine.

The rapper, who boasts 21.8m followers, was asked on Twitter what she ‘thinks about the whole Russia thing’ as Russian troops invaded Ukraine on Tuesday.

Insisting her phone wasn’t hacked, Cardi told fans ‘I feel like if I don’t say the right things I might get killed’ before urging world leaders to ‘stop tripping on power.’

Weighing in: Cardi B has offered her thoughts on the escalating situation in Ukraine. The rapper was asked on Twitter what she 'thinks about the whole Russia thing' on Tuesday

Weighing in: Cardi B has offered her thoughts on the escalating situation in Ukraine. The rapper was asked on Twitter what she ‘thinks about the whole Russia thing’ on Tuesday

The rapper shared a tweet in response to the fan question about Russia, writing: ‘Wish these world leaders stop tripping about power and really think about whose really getting affected (citizens) besides the whole world is in a crisis. War,sanctions,invasions should be the last thing these leaders should worry about.’

After another fan wrote ‘okay, pass cardi her phone back now,’ she jumped on a video to insist her ‘phone is not hacked, it’s really me.’

‘I actually wanna say a lot of things but I’m just gonna mind my business because sometimes I feel like I have such a big platform that if I don’t say the right things I might get killed,’ she explained.

‘But I’m really not on Nato’s side, I’m not on Russia’s side, I’m actually on the citizens side because at the end of the day the world is having a crisis right now,’ Cardi continued.

‘There’s inflation not only in America but everywhere in the world. It’s really hard to get the economy back up. There is so much shipments backed up.’

”China’s not really messing with us so a lot of things are behind, a lot of goods are behind and this s**t just made it way more complicated so I’m just really annoyed by this and I really wish that all world leaders right now just really come with a logical conclusion but whatever mmm.’ 

‘Many Americans have obeyed this directive,’ he continued. ‘They now dutifully hate Vladimir Putin. Maybe you’re one of them. Hating Putin has become the central purpose of America’s foreign policy. It’s the main thing that we talk about. Entire cable channels are now are devoted to it.’ 

Carlson showed disdain over the possibility that the United States could be drawn into war over this anti-Putin sentiment. 

‘Before that happens, it might be worth asking ourselves – since it is getting pretty serious – what is this really about?’ 

The host then put out a long list of potential American problems and grievances that Putin is not responsible for.  

‘Why do I hate Putin so much? Has Putin ever called me a racist? Has he threatened to get me fired for disagreeing with him? Has he shipped every middle class job in my town to Russia? Did he manufacture a worldwide pandemic that wrecked my business and kept me indoors for two years? Is he teaching my children to embrace racial discrimination? Is he making fentanyl? Is he trying to snuff out Christianity? Does he eat dogs? These are fair questions, and the answer to all of them is no. Vladimir Putin didn’t do any of that.’ 

Carlson then argued that Biden is indebted to Ukrainian oligarchs and therefore, everyone must go along with the president’s hatred of Putin. 

Biden again strongly condemned Putin’s actions in Ukraine Tuesday, and detailed sanctions against senior Russian figures – which were swiftly laughed off by the Russian ambassador to the U.S. 

‘Russia has moved supplies of blood and medical equipment into position on their border,’ said Biden, speaking from the White House.

‘You don’t need blood unless you plan on starting a war.’

There are believed to be 100,000-190,000 Russian troops surrounding Ukraine, and on Tuesday a huge military convoy of more than 100 military trucks with soldiers was also seen heading towards the Ukrainian border. 

Satellite photos showed the construction of what appeared to be a field hospital in Belgorod, Russia – 50 miles from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

The site already had shown evidence of troops and equipment.

Another satellite image shows a housing area for troops and a field hospital at Zyabrovka air base in Belarus.

More troop tents and a field hospital have been pictured in Novoozernoye, Crimea.

The Pentagon has previously acknowledged the deployment of ‘medical support’ as part of Russia’s buildup.

‘It doesn’t guarantee that there’s going to be another attack, but you would not execute another attack unless you have that in hand,’ said Ben Hodges, a retired U.S. lieutenant general now with the Center for European Policy Analysis research institute. 

The Russian maneuvering comes as Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba pushed back against Biden’s remark from last month.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is seen as he visits the border troops in Donetsk

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is seen as he visits the border troops in Donetsk

 

A satellite image shows a housing area for troops and a field hospital at Zyabrovka air base in Belarus

A satellite image shows a housing area for troops and a field hospital at Zyabrovka air base in Belarus





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