- Carlson slammed Rep. Mike Turner for saying the US should defend Ukraine, a US ally, against Russia.
- Satellite images taken last week showed Russian tanks and artillery amassing at Ukraine’s border.
- Carlson said the US should back Russia as they help the US counter China.
The Fox News host Tucker Carlson blew a fuse against GOP Rep. Mike Turner on Wednesday night, questioning the lawmaker’s call for the US to defend Ukraine over Russia.
Satellite images published by Politico on November 1 showed Russian forces — including tanks and self-propelled artillery — amassing at the Ukrainian border. On Friday, Turner and 14 other Republican members of Congress called on President Joe Biden to provide Ukraine with military assistance.
The Kremlin denies the claim of increasing its troop presence at its border with Ukraine. Though Russia regularly makes statements of military superiority toward Ukraine, the recent buildup of forces is abnormal.
In a hot-tempered debate on Carlson’s show Wednesday, Turner told Carlson that it was critical that the US helps defend Ukraine as a democracy and a strategic ally.
The idea didn’t go down well with Carlson.
“But hold on,” Carlson said. “Why would we take Ukraine’s side and not Russia’s side? It’s a sincere question. If you’re looking at America’s perspective, why? Who’s got the energy reserves? Who’s the major player in world affairs? Who’s the potential counterbalance against China.
“I’m totally confused.”
Visibly irked, Turner sighed, saying, “well, clearly,” and added that Russia was “an authoritarian regime that is seeking to impose its will upon a validly elected democracy.”
Carlson scoffed at Turner, saying in his mind the best way to maintain America’s interests in the region was to side with Russia, as it offers the US the best chance of countering the rise of China.
“I’m really for American and I just think that our interest is in counterbalancing the actual threat, which is China. And the only other country with any throw weight that might help us do that is Russia,” Carlson said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US commitment to Ukraine was “ironclad.”