Tucker Carlson Defends Putin, Backs Russia Over Ukraine Twice in One Week—This Time the Fox News Host Isn't Joking

Fox News host Tucker Carlson waded back into hot water on Monday's edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, when he doubled-down on his support for Vladimir Putin and said, "I think we should probably take the side of Russia, if we have to choose between Russia and Ukraine."

This came one week after pushback for Carlson's November 25 comment about "rooting for Russia," a statement he preceded with "I'm serious" and then dismissed with "Of course I'm joking" about 45 minutes later.

No clarification was given this time to the seriousness of his comments, said in conversation with pro-Trump Congressman Jim Jordan, who appeared to agree in part with Carlson's portrayal of Russia's leader.

"Could any of these people actually tell you why Vladimir Putin is so bad? Why is he so bad? 'He's bad,' Chuck Todd says. Okay, speak slowly so I can understand. What makes Vladimir Putin worse than, I don't know, a whole long list of American allies?" asked Carlson.

"Let's try the King of Saudi Arabia, for example, or the people who run the Emirates—the people on whose payroll so many in Washington are right now. Why is he worse than them?" he said.

He went on: "For Chuck Todd and the rest of the dummies, Vladimir Putin isn't a real person with actual ideas and priorities and a country and beliefs."

"[To them] he's a metaphor, a living metaphor, he's the Boogeyman."

"Think about this," Jordan responded. "This White House who put more sanctions on Russia than ever before, this White House who gave Ukraine tank-busting Javelin missiles, which the previous White House, which the Obama Administration wouldn't do and somehow, the press is saying this White House is helping Putin, that's the most ridiculous claim I've ever heard."

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“I should say for the record that I’m totally opposed to these sanctions and I don’t think we should be at war with Russia,” said Carlson. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Carlson also said that Putin doesn't hate America as much as some American journalists do, siding with the Russian autocrat over members of the free press.

He then insisted "Russia didn't hack our democracy" and that Russian election interference wasn't "really a story."

"The whole thing was a talking point—a ludicrous talking point—invented by the Hillary Clinton campaign on or around November 9, 2016, to explain their unexpected defeat in the last presidential election," the Fox News host added.