The Fox News personality Tucker Carlson got into a heated debate with the news analyst and retired US Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters on Tuesday after Peters suggested Carlson was sympathetic to 1930s Nazi Germany.
While discussing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s veiled campaign against ISIS, which experts largely believe is focused on keeping the government of Russia’s ally Syria in power, Carlson said: “I’m not vouching for Putin’s character. He seems like a shady guy, a strongman for sure.
“Hard to see why he’s a threat to us,” he continued. “Why not just accept that people who are bad people share our interest and side with them?”
“You sound like Charles Lindbergh in 1938 saying, ‘Hitler hasn’t attacked us,'” Peters said.
Although Lindbergh warned the US of Germany’s advancement in aviation technology in the 1930s, he received criticism after he was honored by the Nazi government and suggested the US ought to negotiate a neutrality pact.
“I beg your pardon,” Carlson said. “Hey, slow down, colonel. You cannot compare me to someone who can make apologies for Hitler. And I don’t think Putin is comparable to Hitler.”
“I think Putin is,” Peters replied.
“I think it’s a grotesque overstatement, actually,” Carlson said. “I think it’s insane.”
“Fine, you can think it’s insane all you want,” Peters said.