Fox News host Tucker Carlson downplayed President Trump’s firing of his third national security adviser in as many years by declaring John Bolton, a lifelong Republican, a “man of the left.”
Carlson, who had been critical of Bolton before, called his firing “great news for America.”
“Especially for the large number of young people who would have been killed in pointless wars if Bolton had stayed on the job,” he said. “They may not be celebrating tonight, but they should be.”
While correct on those points, Carlson then bizarrely declared Bolton a leftist.
“If you’re wondering why so many progressives are mourning Bolton’s firing tonight,” he said, even though none were, “it’s because Bolton himself fundamentally was a man of the left. There was not a human problem John Bolton wasn’t totally convinced could be solved with the brute force of government.”
“That’s an assumption of the left, not the right. Don’t let the mustache fool you,” he added. “John Bolton was one of the most progressive people in the Trump administration. By the way, naturally, once he was ensconced there, Bolton promoted Obama loyalists within the National Security Council. That shouldn’t surprise you either.”
Carlson is blatantly lying about who Bolton is and why Trump hired him in the first place.
Bolton, who has never seen a war he didn’t like, has worked for every Republican administration since Ronald Reagan.
Bolton’s conservatism goes so deep he took time off from school to campaign for Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election when he was just 15, according to the BBC.
Bolton helped build the case for the Iraq War under George W. Bush and later went on to become a longtime defender of the war as a Fox News pundit.
Trump has long list for 4th national security adviser:
At least 10 names are under consideration to become Trump’s fourth national security adviser in three years, CNN reports.
An early favorite is Brian Hook, a State Department envoy to Iran and an adviser to Secretary Mike Pompeo. Other options include former Trump deputy national security adviser Ricky Waddell, North Korea envoy Steve Biegun, Mick Mulvaney adviser Rob Blair, ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra, Mike Pence national security adviser Keith Kellogg, retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor, retired General Jake Keane, and former Bolton chief of staff Fred Fleitz.