Tucker Carlson is big mad at being accused of being a Russian agent by Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX). The Fox News propagandist shared details of the interaction with disgraced ex-Democrat Tulsi Gabbard on an episode of her podcast, The Tulsi Gabbard Show.
According to Mediaite, Carlson told Gabbard that he used “bad language” in the exchange with McCaul, who told the Fox pundit he was the subject of an intelligence report that alleged Carlson was working on behalf of the Kremlin.
“I got into an argument with him once last year on the phone – he had told somebody that I was a Russian agent or something, and I was outraged,” Carlson said.
“That’s what the intel briefers told me – that you were working for Russia,” McCaul reportedly told the far-right conservative.
It was news that sent Carlson into a tirade.
“That’s what the intel briefers told you? You believe your fucking intel briefers? Like, how old are you, son? … You’re being manipulated by your intel briefers, duh!” the Putin-apologist thundered.
Carlson made claims that his attempts to clinch an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin put him on the National Security Agency’s radar.
He alleges that the NSA put him under surveillance as a result, and a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee personally told him that the agency spies on the text messages of members of Congress.
In 2021, The New York Times reported that the National Security Agency’s inspector general was investigating Carlson’s claims that his e-mails were being monitored by the agency in a blackmail attempt to force his show off the air.
On an episode of his show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, in July of the same year, the smug-faced longtime truth spinner gaslighted his viewers with unsubstantiated claims of being “spied on,” according to Fox News.
“It’s not just political protesters the government is spying on, yesterday, we heard from a whistleblower within the US government who reached out to warn us that the NSA, the National Security Agency, is monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air.”
“It’s illegal for the. NSA to spy on American citizens. It’s a crime. It’s not a third-world country,” he continued. “The NSA captured that information without our knowledge and did it for political reasons.”
Carlson’s allegations were denied by the NSA but the agency took them seriously enough to investigate.
“They know they’re being manipulated,” he told Gabbard. “And there are pressure points that can be applied to people.”
The accusations that Carlson is an agent of Russia come as a shock to literally no one, but him.
The influential authoritarian has used his popular show to push pro-Putin rhetoric over the years – going all in after the Russian megalomaniac illegally invaded the sovereign nation of Ukraine in February of this year.
Carlson’s behavior has made him a useful tool for Russia and its state-run television networks, which frequently use clips from Carlson’s show to spread their anti-American and anti-Ukraine propaganda.
That’s something that former congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has been accused of herself – and rightfully so.
Both Gabbard and Carlson appeared on an episode of a Kremlin-run TV program where the host referred to the well-known DINO (Democrat In Name Only), as “Our girlfriend Tulsi.”
“Is she some sort of a Russian agent?” The host quickly replies: “Yes.”
A journalist for the Daily Beast, Julia Davis, tweeted a clip of the video.
Meanwhile on Russian state TV: Another translated clip of Tucker Carlson and Tulsi Gabbard, introduced by state TV host Vladimir Soloviev as "Our girlfriend Tulsi."
After the clip plays, one panelist asks: "Is she some sort of a Russian agent?" The host quickly replies: "Yes." pic.twitter.com/VVNGmtjavU
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) March 31, 2022
Tucker Carlson feigning outrage at being called out for his anti-American, pro-Russian propaganda is less surprising than his claims of being patriotic after doing so.
Original reporting by Candace Ortiz at Mediaite.
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