Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused part of the Republican Party of seeking to goad the US into military confrontation with Russia.
Carlson’s claim was part of a series of sympathetic arguments he made as Russia conducts a military buildup along its border with Ukraine, sparking fears of a conflict.
The host claimed Tuesday that Russia actions were a defensive response to NATO aggression, drawing accusations that he was pushing Kremlin propaganda.
On Wednesday night’s edition of his show he turned his attention to those in the US he claimed are seeking to push the Biden administration towards conflict.
“It’s almost impossible to believe, but we actually are moving closer to a hot war with Russia,” said Carlson, claiming “you could wake up one morning and it’s 1914,” referencing the year that World War I broke out in Europe.
“Republicans are doing nothing to stop this,” Carlson said. “In fact, they’re egging the weak and incompetent president on to do more. ‘Oh, Biden is weak. He’s not standing up against Vladimir Putin!'”
“You’re hearing that constantly, including on this channel from Republicans. And the rhetoric is getting hotter and crazier and more disconnected from reality.”
Carlson played a clip of Republican Mississippi Sen. Robert Wicker, a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, who said on Fox News on Tuesday that the US should consider deploying troops, or even making a nuclear strike in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine.
The host went on to question how a conflict with Russia would serve US national interests.
In pushing his “America First” brand of conservatism, and opposing US military actions abroad, Carlson has long been accused of excessive sympathy to Putin’s Russia.
The Russian leader has become an unlikely hero for some on the US right, who celebrate his nationalism and see him as a champion of Christianity.
Earlier this year, Carlson claimed he had been hacked by the NSA after seeking to contact people in Putin’s circle for a potential interview with the Russian leader.