Fox News host Tucker Carlson got into a heated exchange with Lt. Col. Ralph Peters over whether questioning America's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin is analogous to Nazi apologists from the 1930s.
"I'm not vouching for Putin's character. He seems like a shady guy. A strong man for sure. Wouldn't want to live there," Carlson said during the exchange Tuesday night.
"He's a killer," Peters interjected.
"Hard to see why he's a threat to us," Carlson continued. "How many wars can we fight at once? How many people can we be in opposition to at once? Why not just accept that people who are bad people share our interests and side with them?"
Peters then pointed out, "You sound like Charles Lindbergh in 1938 saying, 'Hitler hasn't attacked us.'"
"You cannot compare me to somebody who would make apologies for Hitler!" Carlson exclaimed. "And I don't think Putin is comparable to Hitler. I think that's a grotesque overstatement, actually."
Charles Lindbergh, though best known today as a great American aviator, became a controversial political figure in the late 1930s and early 1940s for his outspoken isolationist stances. Lindbergh was a well-known racist and anti-Semite and, because of his frequent trips to Nazi Germany, was widely suspected of being a Nazi sympathizer. Even after the Third Reich began invading neighboring European countries (much as Vladimir Putin has done in Ukraine), Lindbergh continued to insist that America must avoid war with them.
Tucker throws a fit when Lt. Col. Ralph Peters calls him out for defending Putin and compares Tucker to Lindbergh's comments on Hitler. pic.twitter.com/QgJGzU1GXf
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