• Tucker Off the Reservation? Fox Host Criticizes Prez’s Ukraine Call; But Says Not Impeachable Offense

    Surge Summary: Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson criticizes the president for his Ukrainian phone call – but stops short of calling it grounds for impeachment.

    In what can only be regarded as an unpredictable development, Fox News host Tucker Carlson has announced he thinks Donald Trump shouldn’t have asked the leader of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden . “[T]here’s no way to spin this as a good idea,” claimed the conservative commentator in an op-ed he co-wrote with Neil Patel. The piece was posted late Wednesday night on their website The Daily Caller.

    Dailymail.com’s Maxine Shen reports:

    Donald Trump should not have been on the phone with a foreign head of state encouraging another country to investigate his political opponent, Joe Biden,” Carlson wrote in the opening of the.

    “Some Republicans are trying, but there’s no way to spin this as a good idea,” Carlson and Patel added.

    The column continued pointedly:

    “Like a lot of things Trump does, it was pretty over-the-top. Our leaders’ official actions should not be about politics. Those two things need to remain separate. Once those in control of our government use it to advance their political goals, we become just another of the world’s many corrupt countries. America is better than that.”

    But those licking their chops at the prospect of using the word’s of the fifty-year-old talker, who is normally supportive of the president, as fuel for their attempts to boot him from office should take a breath: despite his critique of Trump, Carlson clarified “it’s hard to argue” that the phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky is an impeachable offense.

    “The president did not, as was first reported, offer a quid pro quo to the Ukrainians. He did not condition any U.S. support on a Biden investigation. The Justice Department has already looked at the totality of the call and determined that Trump did not break the law,” Carlson and Patel wrote.

    Doubtless, the president’s defenders will focus on the “no grounds for impeachment” detail; his detractors on the “no way to spin this as a good idea” angle. Tucker will probably have more to add, stirring the analytical pot one way or another.

    Startling as his statement might be, some might recall, this is not the first time the often iconoclastic Fox News personality has unexpectedly dissed the president. Last December Carlson knocked Mr. Trump for failing to keep key promises and achieve his goals.

    “I don’t think he’s capable. I don’t think he’s capable of sustained focus. I don’t think he understands the system …  It’s mostly his fault that he hasn’t achieved those things.” he conceded to the Swiss publication Weltwoche.

    Carlson’s reflections didn’t seem to generate a whole lot of media attention nine months ago. In light of today’s political environment – “Impeachment” mania – these newest Trump-unflattering observations might stir a bit more reaction?

    H/T: dailymail.com/Maxine Shen

    H/T: theamericanconservative.com/Rod Dreher

    Image: Adapted from: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Tucker Carlson & Charlie Kirk, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=80879516

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