On Friday, Tucker Carlson hosted a special presidential forum in the great state of Iowa, where he facilitated conversations with Republican presidential hopefuls like Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R).
Carlson’s most colorful interaction was perhaps with former Vice President Mike Pence, who sparred with the former Fox News host over his position on sending aid to Ukraine.
Pence criticized the Biden administration for being “slow” in their support of the Ukrainian war efforts against Russia, even as Joe Biden authorized cluster munitions to be sent overseas this week. Additionally, Biden ordered the activation of 3,000 U.S. reserve troops to be deployed to help military operations in Europe.
Carlson replied to Pence’s comment with a stinging retort, slamming the former vice president’s concern with Ukraine when the current state of the Union is crumbling.
He shot back, “I’m sorry, Mr. Vice President…You are distressed that the Ukrainians don’t have enough American tanks? Every city in the United States has become much WORSE over the past three years. Drive around. There’s not one city that’s gotten better in the United States, and it’s visible. Our economy has degraded, the suicide rate has jumped, public filth, and disorder and crime have exponentially increased and yet your concern is that the Ukrainians, a country most people can’t find on a MAP, who’s received tens of billions of U.S. tax dollars, don’t have enough tanks? I think it’s a fair question to ask: Where’s the concern for the United States in that?”
Tucker’s comments drew massive applause from the audience.
Pence curtly replied, “That’s not my concern.”
He then seemed to further deflect from answering the question by switching topics, stating that “Joe Biden has weakened America at home and abroad.”