In a lengthy, impassioned and fearless monologue Tuesday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson verbally nuked the bi-partisan mob now in full pitchfork mode over Donald Trump’s Helsinki press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Carlson blasted the cabal of politicians and pundits now accusing the president of being a traitor (one congressman suggested he should be removed in a military coup) over his doubts about Russian interference in the 2016 election and concerns about the credibility of higher-ups in the U.S. intelligence community.
Carlson called the hysteria “ominous” and reminded his viewers that “the people yelling the loudest that Russia is the enemy and Trump is their puppet happen to be the very same people who have been mismanaging our foreign policy for the past two decades. These are the people who have made America weaker and poorer and sadder.” He ticked off a list of “serious mistakes” from our foreign policy overlords; the Iraq War, the assassination of Libyan dictator Muaamar Gaddafi, the civil war in Syria. Instead of now finding themselves unemployed – “wearing uniforms and picking up trash at the side of a turnpike somewhere” – Carlson said these political losers run major think tanks and hold influential posts in government and the media.
Carlson mocked the Russian’s election interference attempts and questioned the weak evidence to support the claim that Putin stooges “hacked” the DNC’s server, an act some deranged Democrats are comparing to September 11. Then this: “It turns out the very people telling you they are saving our democracy are working overtime to destroy it, and scolding you as they do.”
That alarming accusation is backed up by a trove of outrageous – if not seditious – tweets by former leaders of our law enforcement and intelligence apparatus. Disgraced ex-FBI Director James Comey suggested “patriots” should act against a sitting U.S. president, then instructed Americans to vote for Democrats this fall. (Comey is under investigation by the Justice Department’s Inspector General and Congress.) John Brennan, the despicable former director of the CIA, outrageously accused the president of committing “high crimes and misdemeanors” and said Trump was in the “pocket of Putin.” Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates weighed in, claiming Trump chose a “tyrant” over his own intelligence community. The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif), wants to subpoena the interpreter who sat in on the private Trump-Putin meeting.
Old-guard neoconservatives responsible for convincing military leaders and the American public to enter into losing wars over the past two decades also joined the mob. The Weekly Standard urged Congress to censure the president; editor-at-large Bill Kristol nonsensically said Republicans must choose between Putin and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) ridiculed the president and called him names in an egregious rant posted on his official Senate website.
But it looks like Carlson is on to something. An Axios poll released today shows 79 percent of Republicans support Trump’s Helsinki performance.