On Wednesday night, Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson had a heated encounter with Florida GOP Rep. Maria Salazar, which swiftly devolved into a scuffle.
Salazar said “of course” last week when asked if the US should enforce a no-fly zone over Ukrainian airspace, which may result in shooting down Russian planes and intensifying the conflict. Carlson presented a clip of her statements and stated that the United States should not be involved in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“So, now that you’ve declared war on Russia, how do you envision the battle playing out once it begins?” Carlson inquired.
“I believe that’s a hypothetical question,” she said. “I believe we should focus, Tucker, on what Zelensky requested Congress today.” “I’m sorry, I can’t–and I’m not trying to cut you off, but I can’t allow you elide over that,” Carlson said.
“You suggested that we fire down Russian jets. That, of course, is war. Since you’ve requested it–” “I didn’t say anything like that.” “You stated that on the tape we played.” Salazar said the audio was “taken out of context,” and that she was stating she “of course” knew what a no-fly zone is.
“No troops on the ground, let’s give him the MiGs and the S-300s, what he needs to defend his own airspace, so he will create his own no-fly zone,” she remarked. “And that’s what I think we should have done months ago. It’s embarrassing that this guy, this president who is under the bullets has come to Congress to beg for us to give him something we should have down a long time ago.”
Carlson said that Zelensky had sought a no-fly zone earlier in the day. “So you’re denying him that,” he pointed out. Salazar highlighted that Zelensky had presented alternatives to a no-fly zone.
“I believe a lot of people connect with that,” Carlson said. Let me just add that I believe many people who attended President Zelensky’s speech today and seen the tragedies in Ukraine have profound compassion for the Ukrainian people and want this to end. I’m undoubtedly one of them. But I’m curious–” he said.
“I’m sure you are,” Salazar said. “So, I ask you, what should we do now?” Ok? So, what should we do?” The presenter stated that the United States should look after its own interests and questioned Salazar, “How is it not participating in the fight if the United States sends weapons to one side in a battle?” “I’m sorry, but I’m not going to listen to anyone’s anti-communist speech because, of course, I agree with you,” Salazer remarked.
“But my point is, if we are sending weapons to one side in a battle, I think it’s fair to ask, would the other side argue that’s an act of war against us?” Carlson responded. And what happens if it happens? And not thinking about it sounds neglectful, but given you’re on the Foreign Affairs Committee, I’m sure you’ve thought about it. So tell me what you think and what you think will happen next.”