Paul Ryan Slams ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Tucker Carlson For Pushing ‘Pro-Putin’ Message

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Paul Ryan is a Republican, a former Speaker of the House, and a former vice presidential candidate.

He is also thoroughly a creature of the old George W. Bush-Dick Cheney, pre-Donald Trump GOP.

Which means, just like Liz Cheney, Nikki Haley and others, he usually thinks and talks like a Democrat. All those old Bush Republicans are basically Democrats at this point.

So it’s not surprising that Ryan is now attacking conservative pundit Tucker Carlson and calling him “pro-Putin.”

Just like most Democrats do.

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From Mediaite, “Former GOP House speaker and current Fox Corp. board member, Paul Ryan, tore into both Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump for pushing “pro-Putin” and “pro-tyranny” sentiment in the United States.”

“Ryan spoke to the Washington Post’s senior congressional correspondent Paul Kane Wednesday during a live event for the paper’s ‘Election 2024’ series. Kane asked Ryan to weigh in on the news of the day, dysfunction in Congress, and Carlson – who was fired from Fox News last April,” Mediaite noted.

The story continued:

“What is it about Russia in which we continue to come back to this sort of reverb loop that started back in 2016, where they keep trying, apparently, and to some measures, they sort of keep succeeding?” Kane asked Ryan, referring to Tuesday’s news that the GOP’s key informant in their impeachment inquiry had ties to Russian intelligence.

“But Russia has been trying to penetrate our system for a long–before 2016. I mean for quite a long time. They got very active in those days, and obviously, now, as we know, that Russia tried to affect our elections,” Ryan replied, after noting he had nothing specific to add about the latest news.

“On the flip side of this, what makes Republicans angry, deservedly so in this particular case, is that the Obama Justice Department did abuse the FISA court. They did abuse the FISA laws on this matter, and we can go into the Steele dossier and all that stuff,” Ryan added, referring back to the Russia scandals of the Trump years.

Ryan went on to frame Russia’s attempts to sow disinformation in the U.S. in geopolitical terms. “They believe our weakness is our freedom, so that we would polarize ourselves into inaction,” he added. “And Russia is basically with a bayonet trying to poke and find the soft tissue in the American political system, and this is probably just one more chapter in that story.”

Unfortunately for Ryan, Putin’s real objective is to get the U.S. mired in a no-win war halfway across the world. Again.

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Ryan, a Fox News board member, wasn’t done just yet.

“Yeah, I mean, what they’re going to try and do is build sympathy,” Ryan said of Russia. “What worries me more–and not just Tucker, but that’s a symptom of all this–is that they’re curating sympathy in America. And they’re helping nurture and develop an isolationist wing in my party and in our country, which I think is very, very dangerous.”

“Isolationist” being an old left-wing epithet, in this case meaning anyone who doesn’t want to give billions of American tax dollars to Ukraine.

The establishment Republican continued, “They’re developing people who want to see NATO reduced or NATO not adhered to. Obviously, former President Trump is pushing this line as well. So what I very much worry about is they’re helping curate a line of thought, a school of thought that is isolationist, that is pro-Putin, pro-Russia, pro-tyranny at the end of the day. And that is extremely dangerous for all democracy but for us as ourselves as a democracy.”

Just to note, Ukraine being in NATO, as most establishment Republicans and Democrats want, would mean U.S. soldiers would on the ground in Ukraine right now fighting in that war. Or, it would mean nuclear war.

If you think this is a bad idea, Ryan thinks you’re an “isolationist.”

Ryan added. “And so what I see Tucker as, just one little chapter in that story. I didn’t watch that whole interview. I watched a little bit of it, but it just looked like a kind of an infomercial for Putin to be able to push his propaganda.”

“You’re still on the board of Fox, correct?” Kane asked.

Ryan acknowledged that he was.

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