Fox News host and unofficial adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump told his audience on Monday night that he roots for the Russians.
In a conversation on his show, “Tucker Carlson tonight,” Carlson accused former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, of corruption in the Ukraine (parroting a common talking point from Trump) and asked his guest why he should care about what is going on in the Ukraine.
"Now, I know Hunter Biden, I actually like Hunter Biden, but that's totally corrupt and you know it. Why is it worse to ask about it than it is to do it?" Carlson began.
"Because people are dying on the front lines," responded former adviser to the Clintons, Richard Goldstein. "You think it's a joke."
Carlson replied: "Why do I care? Why do I care what's going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia? And I'm serious."
Goldstein went on to explain to Carlson that U.S. support for Ukraine is tied to the U.S. fighting for Democracy globally. Carlson snapped back, again saying, "And I'm serious. Like, why do I care? And why shouldn't I root for Russia? Which I am," Carlson said.
At the end of the show, Carlson attempted to walk back the interaction saying, "Before I go—earlier in the show, I noted that I was rooting for Russian in the contest between Russia and Ukraine," Carlson said. "Of course I'm joking. I'm only rooting for America."