US media is reporting that Fox News superstar Tucker Carlson has claimed that US aid to Ukraine is “payback” for Russia allegedly stealing the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton. According to a report in The Wrap:
May 3, 2022 The ballooning billions in money and munitions the United States is sending to Ukraine is motivated by a Democrat revenge fantasy aimed at taking out Vladimir Putin – as payback for stealing the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton, Tucker Carlson said Monday night. The Fox News host laid out the case in his opening monologue, peppered with clips of Democratic leaders saying that “total victory” is the only outcome they seek in the bloody conflict. Carlson set out to define what they mean by that, even as the U.S. has already sent around $30 billion to uphold Ukraine’s so-far successful defense.The most-watched person on cable news, routinely accused of being pro-Putin by left-leaning pundits, has repeatedly called Russia’s invasion unprovoked and unjustified, voiced support for the Ukrainian people’s resistance and denounced Moscow’s relentless attack on civilians. But on Monday, the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” monologue suggested there’s at least one less-than-justified motivation for the staunch support from Washington’s current majority party. Carlson said that when Clinton lost to Donald Trump in 2016, Democrats “immediately set out to find someone else to blame … Vladimir Putin got Donald Trump elected, they told us. Hillary Clinton said that repeatedly.” “This was a childish psychological defense mechanism, it was not a factual claim,” he said. “And yet they kept saying it. In the face of no evidence. And over time they began acting on it like it was true. And then over even more time they paralyzed the entire federal government for years, fruitlessly trying to prove the core claims … The Russian government hacked our election!”
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The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) has reported extensively on Tucker Carlson’s ongoing amplification of Russian talking points on Ukraine.