Republican senators are unmoved by Tucker Carlson’s relentless warpath against support for Ukraine — even as it widens an existing rift in their party. In recent days, Carlson has attacked Republicans who are pushing for a stronger response to Moscow’s aggression — slamming Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) as “ignorant” and Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) as “a moron masquerading as a senator” and “pompous neocon buffoon” simply for advocating long-standing GOP orthodoxy when it comes to Russia.
“On individuals up here who are decision-makers, I don’t hear any disagreement about the position Russia is in,” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), said in a brief interview. “I don’t agree with those views,” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio,said when asked about Carlson’s monologues. Some GOP senators rolled their eyes when asked about Carlson’s attacks and indicated that the far-right Fox host isn’t impacting their calculus on an emerging legislative path, even as his views are picking up steam among the base.
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Don’t be surprised if Putin grooms Tucker Carlson to succeed Trump as leader of his fascist cult if Trump is sidelined by indictment, declining health, or the fatigue of his base. @Kasparov63 is exactly right about how Putin is already using Carlson: https://t.co/yRpJAc8Zqt
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 31, 2022
Russian state TV is using Tucker Carlson clips to attack our country, Biden, NATO & Ukraine
Rupert Murdoch isn’t even hiding the fact that Fox is just a mouthpiece for Putin, America’s enemy
The channel should be banned. It’s not news but poison designed to tear us asunder
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) January 26, 2022
Tucker: Why is it disloyal to side with Russia but loyal to side with Ukraine? pic.twitter.com/SX8GtYjDPO
— Acyn (@Acyn) January 25, 2022
Walking by, I thought at first that my Russian-speaking wife was watching Fox News (which would have been unusual). Then I realized that Tucker Carlson's show was getting long chunks of airtime on Russian state TV
— Christian Caryl (@ccaryl) January 25, 2022