Tucker Carlson Moves From Blaming Putin to Blaming Biden

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has said the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a "humiliating defeat" for President Joe Biden and accused the president of weak leadership.

Carlson took aim at Biden's handling of the crisis during his prime time show on Friday as Ukrainian forces have put up fierce resistance to Russia amid the ongoing invasion.

The Fox News host criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday a day after a segment from his show where he appeared to defend Putin was featured on Russian TV and news services.

Speaking on Friday night, Carlson referred to his show on Thursday and said he was trying to bring a "straightforward analysis" to viewers.

He said it would be "disrespectful and wrong to use the deaths of people on the ground as a partisan cudgel."

Carlson then offered strong criticism of President Biden's handling of the situation.

"Tonight it's fair to note the obvious: the invasion of Ukraine is a humiliating defeat for Joe Biden," Carlson said.

"He's our leader. He staked this country's reputation, billions of dollars, and the full force of the U.S. government on preventing Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine. Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine anyway. And America is diminished by that," he said.

Carlson then highlighted the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, which concluded in August, 2021, calling it "almost indescribably chaotic" and blaming Biden.

"It could not have been worse," Carlson said. "So here you have two historic foreign policy debacles in under a year. Is there a precedent for that? What's the message of it? Well, weakness, obviously."

The Fox News host said that Republicans weren't going far enough in calling out the administration's weakness.

"Weakness? Well, North Korea is weak. They literally have famines. People starve to death in North Korea. That's weakness," he said.

"But they're still a nation we have to contend with because they bite. A venomous spider is weak, you can crush it, but you're still afraid of it because it bites. We do not bite. And that's the problem."

Carlson went on: "We're not simply weak. The United States government under Joe Biden is ridiculous, it's pompous, it's self-involved, it's long-winded and fatuous. It's not so different from the fading old man who leads it."

"There's no hiding this. The rest of the world sees it clearly, so do many Americans. If watching the invasion of Ukraine this week made you feel a little sick, this is probably why," he said.

Carlson also criticized the Biden administration's warnings of severe sanctions on Russia, suggesting that steps so far have not been strong enough. The administration has repeatedly said it would impose strict sanctions but some critics say Biden can do more than what has already been announced.

"Joe Biden broke the oldest rule of all: don't make threats you can't back up," Carlson said. He added that the administration should acknowledge that the threat of sanctions did not deter Russia from invading Ukraine.

On Thursday, Carlson placed the blame for the invasion on Putin, saying: "Vladimir Putin started this war. So whatever the context of the decision that he made, he did it, he fired the first shots, he is to blame for what we're seeing tonight in Ukraine."

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses 'Populism and the Right' during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Carlson has accused President Joe Biden of showing weakness in the face of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images