Adam Kinzinger Calls Tucker Carlson's Show 'Evil' And 'Russian Propaganda'

Republican rep. Adam Kinzinger said he rejected an invitation to appear on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show because of the host's "evil" spreading of Russian propaganda and defense of Vladimir Putin.

In a video on Twitter, the Illinois Congressman described how there is "no way" that he would go on Carlson's show because of his recent comments regarding Russia, as well as him "spreading lies" about the existence of the U.S.-funded laboratories in Ukraine which are producing biological or chemical weapons.

In recent weeks, Carlson has been accused of echoing similar rhetoric to Russian propaganda during his primetime show. According to a recent Mother Jones report, the Russian government has instructed its news outlets to show clips of Carlson "as much as possible" because of his critical views of the U.S. policy.

"There's no way I'll go on the show for a number of reasons. But first, let me state that his insistence that the West was provoking war with Putin, his spreading lies about bio labs and his continued spewing of conspiracy theories are nothing but complete evil," Kinzinger said.

"His show is full of Russian propaganda and not news, and I will not validate his show by making an appearance."

Carlson has often attacked Kinzinger over the latter's critical comments about former President Donald Trump, and the Congressman recently criticized the Fox anchor for hosting a guest critical of the Biden administration's financial support for Ukraine.

Kinzinger also suggested he was only invited into Carlson's show to get viewers and make more money to "further empower his garbage." The congressman also criticized Carlson's interviewing technique on his show when a guest says something he disagrees with.

"When Tucker interviews someone in a hostile way, he interrupts and laughs when he has been caught in a lie. And after the segment's over, he brings on another guest to try to discredit any statement made by the prior guest without counter," he said.

"He's not interested in conversations. He's only interested in himself. And at the end of the day, he'll continue to use this platform to deceive his all-too-trusting viewers and to further his own sense of power."

Prior to the February 24 attack, Carlson dismissed Russia gearing up to invade Ukraine as nothing more than a "border issue."

Elsewhere on his Fox News show, he has declared that Ukraine as "not a democracy," and questioned why he should condemn the Russian president for launching the unprovoked attack or why Americans should be outraged.

"Has Putin ever called me a racist? Has he threatened to get me fired for disagreeing with him?" Carlson said. "Did he manufacture a worldwide pandemic that wrecked my business and kept me indoors for two years? Is he teaching my children to embrace racial discrimination?"

More recently, Carlson falsely asserted that officials confirmed that there are U.S.-funded biolabs in Ukraine just as Russia was attempting to suggest the country was manufacturing biological weapons in order to justify their invasion.

The U.S and Ukraine have been working together since 2005 to research deadly pathogens as part of the Pentagon's Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) in order to prevent the production of weapons capable of being used in germ warfare.

The Defense Department previously confirmed that the U.S. has invested $200 million in Ukraine since 2005 to support 46 Ukrainian laboratories and their research into disease threats, but the labs are owned, operated and managed by Ukraine.

At the end of his video, Kinzinger said he will choose to support the people of Ukraine rather than validate Carlson's "propaganda programming" and urged people to donate to the "Stand with Ukraine" fund.

Kinzinger said he and his wife Sophia would also like to show their support to Benjamin Hall, the Fox News reporter who was injured while reporting on the war in Ukraine.

"The job they do is dangerous and appreciated. This makes Tucker's position all the more disgusting," Kinzinger added.

Fox News has been contacted for comment.

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Adam Kinzinger said he will not be interviewed on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show because of the host's "evil" spreading of Russian propaganda. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images