Hillary Clinton slammed Tucker Carlson as a “useful idiot” Wednesday ahead of the conservative commentator’s much-anticipated interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“He’s what’s called a useful idiot,” the former secretary of state told MSNBC host Alex Wagner when asked about the upcoming Putin-Carlson sitdown.
“I mean, if you actually read translations of what’s being said on Russian media, they make fun of him,” Clinton claimed. “I mean, he’s like a puppy dog.”
Carlson confirmed earlier this week in an X post that he will be interviewing the Russian leader in Moscow.
It will be Putin’s first interview with an American journalist since Russia’s Feb. 24, 2022, invasion of Ukraine.
Carlson, a former Fox News host, has frequently criticized Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the billions of dollars in military aid for Kyiv that has been authorized by the US government.
His interview with Putin will be broadcast Thursday on his website, according to Carlson’s Instagram account.
Clinton said she wouldn’t be shocked if Carlson ends up with a new gig after his interview with the Russian president airs.
“You know, he somehow – after having been fired from so many outlets in the United States – I would not be surprised if he emerges with a contract with a Russian outlet because he is a useful idiot,” Clinton said.
“He says things that are not true. He parrots Vladimir Putin’s pack of lies about Ukraine. So, I don’t see why Putin wouldn’t give him an interview.”