BREAKING: Tucker Carlson CODDLES Vladimir Putin In Interview

So you said a moment ago that the world would be a lot better if it weren’t broken into competing alliances, if there was cooperation globally. Well, one of the reasons you don’t have that is because the current American administration is dead set against you. Do you think if there were a new administration after Joe Biden, that you would be able to reestablish communication with the US government? Or does it not matter who the president is? Yes. Of course. The lack of world peace really has everything to do with America. Nothing to do with the guy

who invaded a sovereign country. But anyway, Tucker Carlson announced two days ago that he would be interviewing, Vladimir Putin. And today that interview was finally published. We’ve pulled some clips and we want to discuss it now. Before we watch, it is important to give you a little bit of context and a note about this 2.5 hour long interview. Nearly half of it is taken up by a monologue by Vladimir Putin. Tucker Carlson opens the interview by asking Putin why he chose to invade Ukraine in 2022. That’s the sovereign country that I referenced earlier. Of course,

Putin then spends almost an hour describing his version of the history of Russia and Ukraine going back to the Middle Ages, and Tucker Carlson only interrupts him a handful of

times as he’s engaging in this monologue. Now, Putin eventually comes to an answer that isn’t really new. It’s more of what we’ve heard from Putin before. He talks about NATO expansion. Western nations were not so friendly to Russia and too many Nazis in Ukraine. Allegedly, he likes to point to those things again, things we’ve heard before. Go ahead Jake. So before the interview, there was questions

about is he going to be tough on Putin? Really? Does anybody think that he was going to be tough on Putin? But I think you have your answer when you don’t interrupt someone for over an hour as they’re giving you propaganda. I mean, even if you don’t think it’s propaganda, you might want to ask a follow up question. You might want to interject, you might want to challenge something he said within that hour. You if he didn’t challenge him for an entire hour, what you thought everything he said there was so true. You didn’t have

to clarify with the audience that perhaps it wasn’t. And so and and then you saw in that small clip that we showed you, you know, the American government seems so dead set against you. Is that the real problem? Like we’re biased against them? Well, our bias might come from the fact that he invaded Ukraine, which. But look, we’ve got our own problems, and I’m perfectly happy to discuss them. In fact, we discuss them for 20 straight years here on tight. Right? Absolutely. Yeah. But sitting next to a guy who’s trying to be an imperial, create,

recreate an imperial empire that has invaded several countries next to him and has started this disastrous war trying to make him out to be like the peacemaker. Wouldn’t you love to align with America? Well, don’t you want a one world together? It’s fine not stopping you right now. If we had a different president, maybe named Donald Trump, then we could have world peace, couldn’t we? This seems like such a great piece of journalism. Come on, he’s a joke now. Obviously, just based on what we saw in that first clip, Tucker Carlson is trying to make

a point about Donald Trump versus Joe Biden and other, American, you know, political leadership that’s been, less friendly, at least rhetorically, toward, Vladimir Putin. So let’s continue on with that portion of their interview, that portion of their conversation. – So let’s watch more of it. – It is not about the leader. It is not about the personality of a particular person. I had a very good relationship with, say, Bush. I know that in the United States, he was portrayed as some kind of a country boy who does not understand much. I assure you that this

is not the case. I had such personal relationship with Trump as well. It is not about the personality of the leader, it is about the elites mindset. If the idea of domination at any cost, based also on forceful actions dominates the American society, nothing will change. Can we really trust a man who talks of the intellectual sophistication of George W Bush? I don’t know, I mean, that’s I guess, for you to decide. Yeah. So I remember when, Republicans in America used to be furious with actual journalists like Barbara Walters when they interviewed people who were

not friendly to America. So she interviewed Fidel Castro, and they’re like, how dare you? You. We should never even hear from them. In fact, we found out recently from an interview at the, Guardian that CNN says you should not even interview members of Hamas. So for fear that propaganda is going to leak out, etc.. So now what should be the real standard? The real standard is of course, you interview foreign leaders, whether we like them or don’t like them. But as you do that, you’re supposed to challenge them with questions. Not arguments, not debates. But

hey, how about this? How about the fact that Ukraine appeared to be a sovereign nation before you invaded it, right? Things along those lines. But now the Republicans have flipped so much they’re like, oh, you did a softball interview with a foreign leader who hates our government. Atta boy. Way to go. I love the way he hates America. That’s I mean, it is so topsy turvy. It is hard to understand how the guys who said you love it or leave it. America’s number one. We hate Russia. We hate our enemies now. Or like, I love

that Tucker Carlson kissed Putin’s ass. And they both talked about how terrible America is. – What happened to you Republicans. – Yeah, that is really interesting. But I think I can’t speak for all of them. I can’t speak for any of them. Let me be clear. I can only speculate as to what motivates some portion of them to have that kind of mindset. Look, there was a story that broke, I believe it was last week, and it was pretty damning. It turned out that Ukraine had misused about $40 million in military aid that we sent

them, and it just somehow ended up in the bank accounts of certain politicians and military leaders. Okay, least surprising story ever. If you want to see how many, how much, people misuse our money checking the Afghanistan and Iraq. No, 100% like I get it. But I think part of the frustration that they’re feeling, and I feel it to some extent, too, is how black and white the war in Ukraine is being presented to the American people. Oh, that’s definitely right. And so it’s, you know, by the way, what Putin did was 1,000,000% wrong. He invaded

a sovereign country, period. Okay. But at the same time, it’s just the way it’s presented is Putin is bad, Ukraine all good, Ukraine all good. But no, there are some issues in Ukraine. And you’ve got to give your audience and your readers the proper nuance. Otherwise, people get frustrated as we keep sending more and more military aid with not enough oversight of how that military aid gets used. – Yeah, I’ll. – Even give more nuance there. So I think Russia has a legitimate concern about NATO encroaching on its border. And so that is not a

crazy thing. That’s not an anti-American thing, is we just keep coming right up to them. And our alliances are growing and growing. Now, I would argue that Russia hey, maybe you could increase your alliances by being good to your neighbors rather than invading them. Okay. But, so we’re fair in how we talk about, hey, the legitimate interests of Russia and Ukraine, etc. But having said that, there is no hey, I was worried about you guys encroaching on our borders, so I invaded a sovereign country. That’s not the correct solution under any circumstance. Now, Tucker Carlson

also brought up comments from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer a few days ago, in which Schumer seemingly alluded to the possibility of American boots on the ground in Ukraine, which is absolutely insane, by the way. But let’s hear what Putin had to say in his response. If we don’t aid, Ukraine, Putin will be walk all over Ukraine, we will lose the war. And we could be fighting in Eastern Europe, in a NATO ally in a few years. Americans won’t like that. Okay, there’s some of Schumer’s statement there. Now, let’s go to Putin’s response. This is

a provocation and a cheap provocation at that. I do not understand why American soldiers should fight in Ukraine. They are mercenaries from the United States. They’re the bigger number of mercenaries comes from Poland, with mercenaries from the United States in second place and mercenaries from Georgia in third place. Well, if somebody has the desire to send regular troops, that would certainly bring humanity to the brink of very serious global conflict. This is obvious. Do the United States need this? What for? Remember, though, Putin has threatened the West with nuclear war multiple times to like. And

by the way, I don’t think we should have boots on the ground in Ukraine. I think that would be insane. And I think that would be a provocation, because then we would be a direct war with Russia. Do we want that? I think that would be crazy. But at the same time, I just can’t I kind of can’t stand the tone and framing in his answers and the fact that he’s not being challenged because, again, this is a guy who invaded a sovereign country. And since we had guaranteed security to Ukraine after we convinced them

to give up their nuclear arsenal in the 90s, we’re providing military aid to them. That’s what we’re doing, right? We’re fulfilling that promise without the accountability that I would like to see when it comes to that military aid. And, you know, isn’t it. So, like, problematic that, you have media that only covers one side or another, like in Russia, the media is 100% Russia’s right. Ukraine is evil Nazis, right? But here in America, Ukraine is angels. Russia is wrong about everything. But hold on like we’re worried about things that happen at our border. Russia’s worried

about things that happen in their border. That’s not a crazy thought. They’re worried about their they perceive us to be their enemies and NATO to be their enemies. And they’re worried that NATO is growing stronger and stronger and encroaching more into their sphere of influence. When Russia encroached on our sphere of influence in Cuba, we nearly launched World War three, right? So let’s have nuance here. But at the same time, again, Russia invaded. Obviously wrong him then lecturing us about, the war unbearable us sending troops on the ground, a terrible idea. You see, you have

to actually use your mind and judgment to see who’s right and wrong and not just revert to America, Russia, conservatives, liberals. Right? Like, yes. But what’s the facts on the ground? What’s the context? What’s the reality? So no, we shouldn’t send troops to Ukraine. I think we should send aid to Ukraine. But does that mean we should give a $60 billion blank check to defense contractors and then not account for it? No, it doesn’t mean that at all. And they never pass audits, so we don’t even know where half that money went. Right. So you

could actually help them. But in a way that is responsible and balanced. But now back to Tucker. Does any of this so far look responsible and balanced? So so far, no. But I do want to note that there were a few moments where he challenged Vladimir Putin. Right. Let’s find out. We’re about to see one example of that. So apparently Tucker asked Putin, who blew up the Nord Stream pipeline, and surprisingly, Tucker Carlson actually pushed back on Putin’s answer. So let’s watch. Who blew up Nord Stream. – Re you for sure. – I was busy

that day. Nate, do you have. Do you? I did not blow up Nord Stream. Thank you though. It wasn’t. You personally. May have an alibi, but the CIA has no such alibi. Do you have evidence that NATO or the CIA did it? I won’t get into details, but people always say in such cases, look for someone who is interested. But in this case, we should not only look for someone who is interested, but also for someone who has capabilities. But I’m confused. I mean, that’s the biggest act of industrial terrorism ever, and it’s the largest

emission of CO2 in history. Okay, so if you had evidence and presumably given your security services, your Intel services, you would that NATO, the US, CIA, the West did this, why wouldn’t you present it and win a propaganda victory in. The war of propaganda? It is very difficult to defeat the United States because the United States controls all the world’s media and many European media. Do we? I, I don’t know about the US controlling media all over the world, but yeah, I mean, look, it’s kind of interesting that this is the question that Tucker Carlson

challenged him on, because I remember doing a report that investigated this, and it was people in Ukraine who blew it up. – No, no. – That’s why I’m surprised by the follow up. But the original question was basically a softball. Yeah, because and you can tell who Tucker thinks did it because he said it was also the largest emission of CO2, that he’s taken a shot at the Democratic administration. Yes. I thought you guys were for climate change. But what? But you blew up Nord Stream, which released all that CO2. So, look, the reality is,

There’s very credible reporting that it was either the Ukrainians or the Americans or both of us together. Right. And so and Putin is not wrong. You see us tell you how wrong Putin was on the invasion and a hundred other things. He’s killed so many journalists. But he’s not wrong about Nord Stream. He they have no incentive to blow up their own pipeline, whereas the Ukrainians had a huge incentive to blow up that pipeline. So I think it was meant as a softball. But the fall you could but we’re the fairest show in America. You

can count. The last question is a tough follow up. Yeah. Like if you if you believe that and you have evidence and you have great Intel, then why wouldn’t you release that evidence? I’m glad he at least pushed back on that. But and his answer to that was ridiculous. Right? Where it’s like, oh, well, I couldn’t win the propaganda war because the US controls world media, but. Yes and no. So it’s totally ridiculous that he wouldn’t release evidence if he has it. That part is true. On the other hand, does America control most of the

media in the world? No we don’t, Jake. Come on. – Do you watch media from other countries? – So no. No, he meant he’s and he said specifically Europe. So like are the European governments. Do you see in the case of Gaza and Israel etc. And the European media, not all of them. Channel four in UK is great. – It’s amazing. – Right? But but they’re the exception to the rule. So when America says this is the party line, you see it blasted out across all of Western media. BBC has done some decent reporting, some

decent. And by the way, look. CNN has even done occasionally some decent reporting on Israel and Gaza. But I keep referring to that Guardian article about CNN’s coverage from insiders at CNN, because it’s so interesting. And they say no, if Israel or America has a position, it is regurgitated on air without fact checking. – That’s American media. – And that’s American media, right. And so and that is propaganda. Whereas if the Palestinians have a position, it’s fact checked 2000 times over, it’s fact checked so much that, by the way, becomes old news and then not

reported. Sometimes by the time they’re done with the fact checker. So is does America do propaganda? Oh yeah. And we’re really good at it now. Finally, Tucker Carlson asked an important question about a Wall Street Journal reporter who’s currently imprisoned in Russia. His name is Evan Hershkowitz. Let’s watch. I just got to ask you one last question, and that’s about Evan Hershkowitz, who’s the Wall Street Journal reporter. He’s 32 and he’s been in prison for almost a year. And I just want to ask you directly if, as a sign of your decency, you would be

willing to release him to us and we’ll bring him back to the United States. We have done so many gestures of goodwill out of decency that I think we have run out of them. We have never seen anyone reciprocate to us in a similar manner. However, in theory we can say that we do not rule out that we can do that if our partners take reciprocal steps. What makes this difference is the guy’s obviously not a spy. He’s a kid, and maybe he was breaking your law in some way, but he’s not a super spy,

and everybody knows that. And he’s being held hostage in exchange, which is true with respect. It’s true. And everyone knows it’s true. So maybe he’s in a different category. Maybe it’s not fair to ask for, you know, somebody else in exchange for letting him out. Maybe it degrades Russia to do that. He was receiving classified, confidential information and he did it covertly. And this is a 32. Year old like newspaper. He committed something different. He’s not just a journalist. I reiterate. He’s a journalist who was secretly getting confidential information. I do not rule out that

the person you refer to, Mr. Gershkovich, may return to his motherland by the end of the day. It does not make any sense to keep him in prison in Russia. I have so much to say about this. Number one, I’m glad that Tucker Carlson asked about this. I thought that was a great question. And he deserves credit for asking this question. Number two, it really highlights the difference in how, you know, a democratic country views journalism versus an authoritarian like Vladimir Putin, because, yeah, journalists receive, in some cases classified information that they then end up

reporting on, okay, oftentimes in America that classified information gets leaked to journalists from either the FBI or CIA or members of the State Department, and then they regurgitate it without really questioning it or being skeptical of it. But nonetheless, I thought that was really interesting, how he was like, oh, well, he was receiving classified information. And so of course, now we’ve made him a prisoner. – Yeah. – So I have a lot of thoughts on this too. So first, yeah, Putin is definitely worse. And there’s many reporters who accidentally tripped out of a window in

Russia. This was an American reporter. So harder to kill them. But imprisoning him is outrageous, right. On the other hand, Edward Snowden is in Russia because we also brutalize people who leak classified information in a way that the government doesn’t want. When they’re. Whistleblowers who embarrass the federal government. And that’s exactly what Snowden did. Right. And America leaks classified information all the time. And apparently Biden, Trump, everybody else takes it home, too. But but at least, you know, and so we’re very guilty about Edward Snowden and chasing him to the ends of the earth as

well. Julian Assange, another example, Julian Assange. Chelsea manning. So unfortunately, there’s many examples of America being brutal to, pianos don’t fall on their heads. But Chelsea manning was arguably tortured in in prison. So understand we don’t have clean hands either. But now more more importantly, in terms of the tenor of the interview, that was an actual tough question. Yeah, okay. But the exception proves the rule because the rest of the interview you could see for 2.5 hours is there yukking it up and laughing and smiling. And Putin is super relaxed and he’s like leaning in

like he’s got his gangster lean and he’s got that smile like he’s a cat who just ate. Ate a mouse, right? And he was like, oh yeah, stuck. Ask me your questions. So good questions, right? But when he got to this one and he actually challenged him, you can see his demeanor changed. He sat up a little bit, got angrier, got more defensive. So you can see the rest of the interview wasn’t like that at all. Because in the rest of the interview, he wasn’t challenged. 1%, including what is arguably the softball about Nordstrom disguised

as a tough question, right. But that one was a good question. Fair showing America. Thank you Tucker. That was a that at least the rest of it is propaganda nonsense. But at least that was a little bit of a service there because and he got Putin to say that maybe he might return him. Now look he’s Putin’s not Hart’s not going to melt and he’s not going to be like, okay, Tucker, you take him, bring him home. Right. He’s still going to want one of his top spymasters back that we have, right? Sure. But it

was a little bit of progress. All right. Imagine if he did that for more stuff in the interview. Thanks for watching. If you become a member, you get to watch all this ad free. Except for of course, this ad still hit the join button below.

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