Republican Senator on Tucker Carlson: "A Useful Idiot"

Written by Camilla Jessen

Feb.16 - 2024 10:47 AM CET

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Photo: Aleksandr Dyskin /
Tucker Carlson's recent comments on Moscow's grocery stores have sparked controversy.

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After interviewing Vladimir Putin, American commentator Tucker Carlson took to social media to praise the affordability of groceries in Moscow, claiming prices were significantly lower than in the United States and suggesting sanctions had little impact.

This commentary caught the attention of Republican Senator Tom Tillis. Tillis did not hold back in his response on X (formerly Twitter), labeling Carlson a "useful idiot."

"Ah yes, Russia is much better than the US with all those cheap products and fancy subway stations. In the USSR, there was a term for people like Tucker: useful idiots."

Carlson's observations led to a broader discussion, with Tillis sarcastically comparing Russia's cheap products and elaborate subway stations favorably.

The White House, through spokesperson John Kirby, expressed doubt that Carlson's interview with President Putin and subsequent comments would sway public opinion in the US.

The interview raised eyebrows with Putin's controversial claim that Poland provoked Adolf Hitler into initiating World War II in September 1939.

This statement that has since been debunked by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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