Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday issued a warning about the consequences of removing Russian President Vladimir Putin from power, suggesting that Islamic extremists would somehow seize the country’s nuclear weapons and on Americans will use.
“So, Russia has a large and peaceful population of Islamic extremists. We think it is possible that with no one running the country – because of course we have no elected successor to Putin – it is possible, if we do that. , that one of those 6,000 nuclear weapons is being used in the hands of some anti-American terrorist group and against our civilian population here? ” he asked. “A nuclear weapon! Well, it’s not only possible, it’s probably.”
Earlier this month, a Mother Jones report revealed a leaked Kremlin memo urging Russian state-sponsored media to use Carlson’s broadcasts “as much as possible” because of his criticism of the US and NATO and Putin’s defense.
Carlson’s frightening remarks were in response to a speech Biden made in Poland, in which he said of Putin: “For God’s sake, this man can not stay in power.”
White House officials immediately made it clear that the remark did not reflect a change in US policy and that Biden was not advocating for regime change in Russia, but that Putin “could not be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. do not practice. “
In addition to Carlson, the remark, which was not written in the text, was also blown up by foreign policy experts who warned that it was dangerous and would play into Putin’s narrative.
Should Putin lose his grip on power in Russia, or be killed, he is likely to be succeeded by another member of the Kremlin elite.
Watch the excerpt from Monday’s broadcast below via Media Matters: