Democrat says Tucker Carlson viewers tell his office the US should side with Russia

A House Democrat claimed on Monday that people had called his office claiming to be Fox News viewers and telling him that the United States should “side with Russia” as tensions between Russia and Ukraine are intensifying.

“My office is now getting calls from people who say they are watching Tucker-CarlsonTucker CarlsonThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: More of Biden’s agenda falters on collapse The Hill’s Morning Report: Biden takes it on the chin Tucker Carlson expands his influence on the GOP MORE and are upset that we do not side with Russia in its threats to invade Ukraine, and who want me to support Russia’s ‘reasonable’ positions,” the representative said. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) Malinowski Momentum built to ban lawmakers from stock trading Jan. 6 brings Democrats together, Cheneys — with GOP mostly absent In their own words: Lawmakers, staffers remember Jan. 6 uprising January MORE (DN.J.) said in a tweet Monday afternoon.

During an interview with The Hill on Monday night, Malinowski said the comments, which he said came in a flurry of calls to his staff earlier today, are an example of the growing partisan divide in America. and the role of the media in it.

“People make up their minds by watching the news, that’s nothing new,” he said. “What’s new is that we have at least one talk show host with a huge captive audience who isn’t exposed to any counter-programming elsewhere…I find that very concerning.”

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tensions between the United States and Russia have increased in recent weeks, with Russia mustering at least 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, raising fears of a possible invasion.

President BidenJoe BidenUS threatens to restrict export controls on Russian industries Headaches escalate for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave the country MORE said last week that if Russia were to invade Ukraine, as it did in 2014, such action would be met with a swift and harsh reaction from the United States.

The Pentagon said on Monday it was putting 8,500 U.S. troops on heightened alert over lingering tensions in Eastern Europe, while NATO leaders also pledged a united response to Russian aggression.

Carlson, Fox’s top-rated host, argued that the United States had little to gain from getting involved in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

In an op-ed published on over the weekend, Carlson accused “neocons in Washington” of “recklessly fueling conflict” between Russia and Ukraine for years and warned that the United States could end up in an all-out war with Russia if tensions are not eased.

“We are really going to wage a war against a corrupt country in Eastern Europe that is strategically irrelevant to us? With everything that is happening right now in our own country?” Carlson wrote. “No normal person would ever want to do something like this. How can this really happen?”

Malinowski was elected to represent New Jersey’s highly competitive 8th District in 2018 and is a member of the House Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security Committees.

—Updated at 7:24 p.m.

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