During his Fox News show this Tuesday, host Tucker Carlson got visibly upset when guest Ralph Peters compared him to aviator Charles Lindbergh, who some thought was a Nazi sympathizer in the run up to World War II.
At the outset of the show, Carlson acknowledged that Russian President Vladimir Putin probably isn’t such a great guy, but that it’s “hard to see why he’s a threat to us.” Peters, who is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, couldn’t believe his ears.
“You sound like Charles Lindbergh in 1938 saying, ‘Hitler hasn’t attacked us,'” Peters shot back, incredulously.
“I beg your pardon?” Carlson said, his voice rising. “Slow down, Colonel. You cannot compare me to somebody who makes apologies for Hitler. And I don’t think Putin is comparable to Hitler. I think it’s a grotesque overstatement, actually. It’s insane.”
Carlson continued: “You just up compared me to a Nazi apologist because I asked a simple question. Which is — slow down, slow down — which is, why does it contravene American interest to the common cause with a group that’s trying to kill ISIS?”
Peters’ reply didn’t quite live up to the Hitler standard, but he made his case anyway and even slightly acknowledged he went overboard:
“Because Vladimir Putin invaded his neighbors, broke the long peace in Europe, he assassinates dissidents and journalists, he bombs women and children on purpose in Syria, he is as bad as Hitler. And I am sorry if you don’t like the Charles Lindbergh thing, I’ll retract that.”
Overboard, maybe. But it still was a good analogy.
Featured image via screen grab