Controversial Putin Interview: Tucker Carlson Slams Kremlin's 'Denazification' Stance

"I thought it was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard."

by Sead Dedovic
Controversial Putin Interview: Tucker Carlson Slams Kremlin's 'Denazification' Stance
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Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson sparked anger from Americans and the entire world after an interview with Vladimir Putin, in which many believe he portrayed the Russian president as a positive figure who has justification for his actions. The fact that Carlson is not particularly liked not only in the U.S. but also globally is evident. Appearing on the Lex Fridman podcast, Carlson reflected on his interview with Vladimir Putin. Tucker, to some extent, changed his stance and was disappointed with the Kremlin, which he criticized for labeling Ukrainians as Nazis. This former host considers it the 'dumbest' thing he has ever heard.

"I thought it was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. I didn’t understand what it meant. Denazification? I’m merely saying there isn’t a Nazi movement in 2024. It’s a way of calling people evil. Calling them [Ukrainians] Nazis, I thought it was childish."- he said, as quoted by pravda!

There are many things with which Carlson is not satisfied during the interview with Vladimir Putin. It seems that the Russian president aimed to portray Ukrainians as negative figures from the very beginning of the conflict, ready to do anything to achieve their intentions, although most believe that it is a characteristic of Russian leaders.

Vladimir Putin: I thought that Carlson would behave aggressively

Interestingly, the Russian president expressed surprise a few weeks ago, considering that Carlson did not ask the questions Putin expected him to. He thought that Carlson would have a much more aggressive approach, which would also allow him to respond more aggressively and potentially articulate his views more clearly. Carlson seems to have positioned himself in a subordinate position from the very beginning.

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Vladimir Putin© Getty Images/Andrew Wong

It is unknown for what reason Carlson took such an approach, but his interview did not exactly garner sympathy worldwide.

"To be honest, I thought that he would behave aggressively and ask so-called sharp questions. I was not just prepared for this, I wanted it, because it would give me the opportunity to respond in the same way,"- Putin said.

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