McConnell Trashes Tucker Carlson

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( – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has frequently criticized former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, stated during an interview with Bloomberg that he was “disturbed” by Carlson’s following in the GOP.

In the interview, McConnell specifically noted that not many Republicans criticized Carlson and that he was one of the few who did. He added that Carlson had developed a following both within Congress and across the nation that he “found disturbing.”

McConnell was particularly critical of Carlson’s approach to the issue of Ukraine, but he further added that he was critical of Carlson’s depiction of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. In the interview, McConnell noted that despite Carlson’s criticisms they were in a position to continue the Congress’s support for U.S. aid sent to Ukraine. McConnell added that he also has seen a change in the party with members moving away from former President Donald Trump, who broke with the longstanding Republican approach on foreign policy when it came to the war in Ukraine.

Despite these criticisms, Carlson continues to have a good relationship with many GOP members. Last week, another one of Carlson’s text messages was leaked which contained some racially-charged remarks that Carlson had made. Sen. JD Vance of Ohio defended Carlson, whom he referred to as a personal friend. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, also wished Carlson “the best” after being informed about the texts while adding that he would not comment on the text content.

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