Former congressman and current CNN analyst Adam Kinzinger said the ongoing coup attempt in Russia is a “massive blow” for Tucker Carlson and others who repeat “Putin’s talking points” in a bizarre interview.
On Friday evening, Wagner group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin called for an armed rebellion against the Russian government after claiming that his troops were attacked by Russian warplanes. Wagner contractors were soon spotted in the key logistical hub of Rostov, where they surrounded an important military headquarters and vowed to press on to Moscow.
“There will be some instability in Russia, which has nuclear weapons. There’s concern about proliferation if the Russian republic falls apart into even more pieces,” Kinzinger told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.
“I think on the other hand too, this is extremely good for the war in Ukraine. Because even if as Prigozhin is marching on Moscow – even if that fails, Wagner is out of the fight, and they were a significant part of this effort against Ukraine,” he continued. “Not to mention that all around the world, Wagner protects Russian interests, whether it’s in Africa or Libya and other places; this is a massive blow to the Russian Republic, a massive blow to their military effort.”
The former congressman then bizarrely stated that the coup attempt represents a “massive blow” for Tucker Carlson and others who have been “parroting Putin’s talking points” on the war in Ukraine.
“And I will also say, it’s a massive blow to the people here in the United States, like say, Tucker Carlson, who have been parroting Putin talking points,” Kinzinger said. “To have Prigozhin, the head of Wagner, say ‘those have been lies.’ There have been a-lot of people parroting those Putin lies, and the head of Wagner even just said, those are lies.”
Kinzinger: This is a massive blow to the Russian republic and a massive blow to their military effort and I will also say, it is a massive blow to the people here in the United States like Tucker Carlson, who have been parroting Putin talking points pic.twitter.com/KUyrhMSJG9
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In another interview with CNN Tonight, Kinzinger said that it is important to hold American commentators and politicians who “parrot Putin’s lies” accountable.
“This is an important moment for us now to remind those that have been parroting Putin’s lies. Ya know? Whether it’s Tucker Carlson or, people in frankly the Senate or the House; they’ve been parroting the lies that this was somehow a war somehow brought on by NATO, that Ukraine deserved it,” Kinzinger said.
“Because Prighozin himself — the head of basically a terrorist organization — said to the Russian people tonight that Russia has been lying to them about the cause of the war, Russia has been lying to them about who’s the aggressor in the Donbas,” he continued. “And that’s something to remember when American commentators say that Vladimir Putin is actually an honorable man who is telling the truth.”
Kinzinger continues to call out Tucker Carlson and others in the Senate and the House who have been “parroting Putin’s lies” pic.twitter.com/I6OTKNVNgH
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Last year, Kinzinger called on NATO to establish a no-fly-zone over Ukraine, a move that would require NATO forces to shoot down Russian aircraft and likely start World War III.