Fox News host Tucker Carlson continued to expose Democrats and their lack of evidence to support their theory that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to manipulate last year’s presidential election on his show Tuesday night, this time taking on Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.).
Over the last several weeks, Carlson has been taking Democratic congressmen to task for alleging that there is clear evidence that Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia to undermine the campaign of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, yet failing to offer any actual evidence of the collusion.
Sherman, who has labeled Trump/Russia collusion “Watergate 2.0,” became another Democratic victim to Carlson’s interrogation on Tuesday.
“You didn’t just say the Russians hacked the election, but you implied they did so with the active cooperation of the Trump people. And your story just fell apart based on the actions of the last week, hasn’t it?” Carlson questioned.
The Fox host was referring to Trump’s decision to bomb a Syrian airbase last week, which came in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dropping chemical weapons on his own people. Trump’s action angered the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who supports the Assad regime.
According to Sherman, however, Trump’s action, which went against Russian warnings, isn’t enough to prove that Trump is not "in bed" with Putin. He replied to Carlson: “No, Tucker, my comment was that because there’s so much attention to whether or not they colluded with Russia during the campaign, they now have to disprove that by being a little tougher against Russia than they might other wise be."
Sherman was essentially repeating a conspiracy theory that has been peddled in some Democratic circles, which says that Trump only responded to Assad’s use of chemical weapons to draw attention away from allegations of Russia collusion — all with the help of Russia. There is, however, no evidence to support such a theory.
Carlson continued to grill Sherman over that point: Trump worked against the Russians by bombing Assad, isn’t that proof there is no collusion like Democrats claim?
“Now we have conclusive evidence that not only is the Trump administration not doing the bidding of the Putin government, but is acting against the aims of the Putin government,” Carlson said.
“Isn’t it just time to admit ‘We were wrong on that.’ Why not just admit that?" he questioned.
Sherman responded by trying to discuss Michael Flynn, who resigned from the administration as national security adviser in early February after being dishonest to Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with a top Russian official.
“You’re dodging, you’re dodging the question,” Carlson interrupted. “Isn’t this clear evidence that the Trump administration is not only not doing the bidding of Russia for whatever reason but acting against some of Russia’s most vital interests. It’s a really simple point and a simple question and will you acknowledge that?"
Sherman said that bombing Assad’s airbase is a decision “almost any president would have taken,” but continued to dodge Carlson’s question.