Fox News host Tucker Carlson caused quite a stir online this week when he used his show to spread pro-Russian talk. But her actions really shouldn’t come as a surprise.
On Tuesday, Carlson raided what he claimed was a US effort to help Ukraine join NATO. Although President Joe Biden has said he is unwilling to close the door on possible NATO membership for Ukraine, as demanded by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden said on Wednesday that it is “unlikely” Ukraine will soon. will join the alliance. This issue has been an important issue during the ongoing talks between the US and Russia.
In one of the show’s most bizarre moments, Carlson suspiciously likened Ukraine’s joining NATO to a fictional scenario in which China gained control of Mexico.
It’s understandable why this might not seem newsworthy. “Fox Host Supports Authoritarian Regime” is not a title it once might have sounded like. But the extent to which it deserves attention is because Carlson’s friendly stance of Russia marks a trend widespread among America’s white nationalists, his sympathizers, and even the conservative movement.
National security experts have warned for years about those dangerous connections. In short, many white nationalists and American conservatives feel a kinship with Russia that stems largely from shared opposition to multiracial democracy. We can take his words and actions as evidence.
Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke once called Russia a majority white, Slavic country, often opposed to the increasingly diverse European Union, as “the key to white survival.” White supremacist leader Richard Spencer hailed Russia as “the world’s only white power” in 2016. Putin’s Republican acceptance strengthened when Russia was viewed by many as Helped Donald Trump win the 2020 presidential election (by targeting black voters with some degree of propaganda, I should add). And many American white nationalists have reportedly participated in a number of events sanctioned by Russian extremist groups.
For example, in 2015, prominent white nationalist Jared Taylor and KKK lawyer Sam Dixon attended an event organized by far-right Russian extremists. The event was also attended by the Russian Imperial Movement, a white supremacist group focused on building a global network of like-minded groups.
All of these examples show that while white nationalist and American conservative support for the Kremlin exists, it is not just born out of political convenience. It exists because these institutions have similar beliefs about what types of people should be able to wield power.
And all of this, of course, is important background information for you to determine whether the Fox News host’s pro-Russian pandering is an honest policy disagreement with the US government or something more sinister.
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