Tucker Carlson Approves Putin Criticizing Ashli Babbitt January 6 Shooting

Tucker Carlson has said Russian President Vladimir Putin is right to ask questions about the January 6 shooting of Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt, also claiming Attorney General Merrick Garland's plans to combat domestic extremism amount to "growing authoritarianism."

The Fox News host was discussing Garland's new strategy to combat terrorism while invoking the attack at the Capitol, which the attorney general described as an "assault on a mainstay of our democratic system."

Carlson said the new sweeping changes are proof that the administration is hoping to "crush anyone who leads opposition to" President Joe Biden.

"It's a big change in the way the United States government assesses and then treats its own citizens. We are living through the transformation of a formerly democratic republican to something else. We're looking at growing authoritarianism."

Carlson added that Putin is someone who "knows authoritarian systems" very well, before playing a clip from a recent NBC interview.

In the clip, NBC's Keir Simmons asked Putin if he ordered the assassination of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Putin denied the claims before claiming there is a comparison with the shooting of Babbitt, an Air Force veteran and supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory who was killed by a Capitol Police officer while trying to break through a glass door separating a hallway from the Speaker's Lobby and Chamber on January 6.

"We don't have this kind of habit of assassinating anybody," Putin said. "Number two is I want to ask you, did you order the assassination of the woman who walked into the Congress and who was shot and killed by a policeman? Do you know that 450 individuals were arrested after entering the Congress, and they didn't go there to steal a laptop credit and came up with political demands?"

Carlson then says under normal circumstances Fox News would never play a play tape of a foreign adversary criticizing the government, but suggested Putin was asking "fair questions" about Babbitt.

"Who did shoot Ashli Babbitt and why don't we know? Are anonymous federal agents now allowed to kill unarmed women who protest the regime? That's okay now? No, it's not OK. It'll never be OK.

"And why are all those January 6 protesters still in prison on trespassing charges as so many Biden voters who torched federal buildings walking free? What's the answer to that question? If all of that was going on in Russia, we would rightly call it scary. We would call Putin a dictator. In fact, we do call him a dictator."

The identity of the officer who shot Babbitt has still not been revealed. On April 14, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. there was "insufficient evidence" to support a criminal investigation against the officer.

An investigation into the incident also ruled that there was no evidence to "establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber."

On Monday, Babbitt's husband appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonightto ask officials to name the officer who shot the 35-year-old.

"Somebody in D.C. knows, I think a lot of people know, but nobody is telling us. And the silence is deafening," Aaron Babbitt told Carlson." I never expected to lose my wife to political violence."

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Tucker Carlson suggested that Vladimir Putin is posing “fair questions” about the shooting of Ashli Babbitt on January 6. Chelsea Guglielmino L MAKSIM BLINOV/SPUTNIK/AFP/Getty Images