Fox News host Tucker Carlson and former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin has apparently landed them comfortably in the Kremlin’s good graces.
During a broadcast on Russian state television this week, Gabbard was reportedly referred to in very friendly terms by one of Putin’s most prominent propagandists, Vladimir Soloviev.
He introduced Gabbard, a Democratic primary candidate for the 2020 presidential race, as “our friend Tulsi,” according to a translation by Russian media analyst Julia Davis, a columnist for the Daily Beast.
A snippet was then broadcast of Gabbard’s appearance on Monday’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in which she suggested that President Joe Biden was secretly planning to remove Putin from power.
After the track aired, a panel member allegedly asked, “Is she some kind of Russian agent?”
According to Davis’ translation, Soloviev said she was.
During Monday’s interview, Gabbard argued that Biden was calling for regime change in Russia through “economic warfare”.
“They are doing this by waging this contemporary siege against Russia, isolating their economy, restricting it, destroying it, starving the Russian people in the hope that the Russian people or the army will rise up and revolt and their government overthrow and get rid of Putin, ”she said during part of the extract broadcast in Russia.
Biden said on Sunday that Putin “can not stay in power” in comments not written during a speech in Poland. White House officials quickly explained 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.”
But according to Gabbard, “it was not a blunder at all” and Biden “lied” about his true motives.
The Putin-friendly rhetoric is nothing new to the former Hawaiian congresswoman. Last month, when Putin began his invasion of Russia, Gabbard the US, NATO and Ukraine blamedwhich claims that the war “could have been easily avoided” if NATO “simply acknowledged that Russia’s legitimate security issues regarding Ukraine are becoming a member of NATO.”
She also believed in a Russian-backed conspiracy theory about U.S. biological laboratories in Ukraine that warned U.S. officials as a justification for Russia to use biological and chemical weapons against Ukraine.
In 2019, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested in an interview that Gabbard, then a long shot in the Democratic presidential field, be cared for by Russia as an “asset” that would serve as a third-party candidate participate and would help a Republican president. Gabbard filed a defamation suit against Clinton over the “asset” remark and then later dropped it.
Carlson, meanwhile, has been a favorite of Russian propagandists for weeks. The Fox News host has repeatedly appeared on Russian state-sponsored television for his defense of Russia and criticism of the US, NATO and Ukraine, and was even allegedly endorsed by the Kremlin in a leaked memo to state media.
Earlier this week, he promoted a bizarre theory to keep Putin in power, suggesting that Islamic extremists would somehow get their hands on the country’s nuclear weapons and use them on Americans if he was removed.