The Daily Beast is starting to recognize Tucker Carlson’s influence on President Trump’s foreign policy.
Tensions have been heating up in the Persian Gulf over the last month, as the Trump administration has put tremendous pressure on Iran to cease its nuclear program and its increased proxy attacks in the region.
The article noted the neoconservative influence of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton. However, another voice has Trump’s ear recently. Specifically, Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Carlson has been one of the leading voices for non-interventionism and America First policies throughout Trump’s time in office.
The Daily Beast reports that “the Fox News host has privately advised Trump against taking military action against Iran.” In the same report, a senior Trump administration official told The Daily Beast that Carlson criticized some of the more “hawkish members of his administration.
Although several members of the Trump administration and Fox News pundits argue that conflict with Iran would be justified, Carlson has stood in opposition to world policing. Carlson recently questioned whether a conflict with Iran would be “in anyone’s interest.” Last month, Carlson criticized Bolton, saying that he was escalating tensions, and that a potential clash with the Islamic Republic would “be like Christmas, Thanksgiving, his birthday wrapped into one.”
On a Monday night segment of his program, Carlson drew parallels between the recent attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and the flawed intelligence leading to the Iraq invasion in 2003 — specifically the Iraqi possession of weapons of mass destruction.
Carlson said, “We’re still paying a price for that.”
Since May 2018, the Trump administration has been dialing up the pressure on Iran by curtailing the government’s ability to fund terrorist groups through sanctions and force Iran to re-enter negotiations. One unprecedented move the Trump administration took was labeling Iran’s military as a terrorist organization.
Last week’s tanker assault, where one Norwegian and another Japanese tanker were attacked, have quickly escalated tensions. The Trump administration and the British government instantly blamed the Iranians for these attacks. At first, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas declared that U.S. evidence was “not enough” to pin blame on Iran for the attacks. On Tuesday, however, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that there was “strong evidence” pointing to Iran.
Tucker has remained a voice of reason in holding Trump accountable for his America First policies.
However, the Daily Beast piece tried to attack Carlson in a underhanded manner for his previous remarks about Trump in Politico.
The Fox News host detailed a voicemail he received from Trump in his celebrity-businessman days.
Tucker wrote, “About 15 years ago, I said something nasty on CNN about Donald Trump’s hair.”
He added, “I can’t now remember the context, assuming there was one. In any case, Trump saw it and left a message the next day. ‘It’s true you have better hair than I do,’ Trump said matter-of-factly. ‘But I get more pussy than you do.’”
Although Tucker and Trump may have had rocky relations in the past, the two now have made amends and are indirectly working together to advance an America First vision in some shape or form.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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