"The View" co-hosts on Monday said Fox News' Tucker Carlson and former U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) should be investigated by the Justice Department and even be criminally detained for alleged pro-Russian views.
A few hours later, far-left noisemaker Keith Olbermann piggybacked on those assertions and called Carlson and Gabbard "Russian assets."
What are the details?
On "The View" episode, co-host Ana Navarro said, "I think DOJ, in the same way that it is setting up a task force to investigate [Russian] oligarchs, should look into people who are Russian propagandists and shilling for Putin. If you are a foreign asset to a dictator, it should be investigated."
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg added, "They used to arrest people for doing stuff like this. If they thought you were colluding with a Russian agent or putting out information or taking information and handing it over to Russia, they used to actually investigate stuff like this. And I guess now, you know, there seems to be no bars."
And co-host Joy Behar declared that Carlson and Gabbard were getting "money" for expressing what she saw as their expression of pro-Russian views.
A few hours later a Twitter user posted a video of "The View" co-hosts in action, calling their declarations "deranged" — and Olbermann fired back in agreement with the show.
"They are Russian Assets, and there is a war," Olbermann wrote in reference to Carlson and Gabbard. "There's a case for detaining them militarily. Trials are a sign of good faith and patience on the part of democracy."
Others on the left have attacked Carlson for opposing U.S. intervention in Ukraine, Mediaite said, adding that he's floated the idea that American citizens have no direct issue with Putin.
Both Carlson and Gabbard have denied being mouthpieces for Putin.
Not that it matters to Alexandra Chalupa — a longtime Democratic operative and daughter of Ukrainian immigrants who investigated former President Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russia prior to the 2016 election and worked with reporters in that vein. And despite it all turning out to be a hoax, Chalupa appears to be singing that same old song — but this time about Carlson:
But folks appear to be on to Chalupa. "Alexandra, as an attorney, I’m sure you know the importance of providing evidence to back up your claims," one commenter told her. "Would you like to share with the rest of the class, or nah?"
"We're not at war. Why are you issuing psychotic proclamations? Any dissent to the Biden regime qualifies as being a war criminal?" another user told Chalupa. "You ppl have been hyperbolic for years, but this is over the top. Too far. BTW, what was your role in DNC/Ukraine 2016 election meddling?"
How did folks react to Olbermann?
As you might guess, a number of Twitter users weren't down with Olbermann saying Carlson and Gabbard are "Russian assets":
- "Yes, nothing says 'democracy' like detaining those with opposing political beliefs," one commenter wrote back to Olbermann.
- "Sounds like your gut instinct is to encourage a mob lynching of anyone who disagrees with your warmongering," another user told Olbermann. "But you're willing to show 'good faith and patience' by putting American dissidents on trial for wrongthink? Do you understand you're revealing the soul of a fascist?"
- "Good little fascist, aren't you? Or is it communist?" another commenter asked. "I get you totalitarians mixed up some times. We are not at war. I recommend reviewing your tapes [of] the Bush years, and then checking yourself into the prison you so heartily recommend for others."
- "You are right on par with the ladies on the view, and NO ONE is surprised by that," another user said to Olbermann.
Mediate said Olbermann’s suggestion occurred the same day it was reported that he wanted to sit in for on-hiatus MSNBC host Rachel Maddow — but she vetoed that idea, which the cable network actually had been considering, according to the Daily Beast.