Fox News host Tucker Carlson began his show with an intense warning this week.
Carlson said today is the "closest we have ever been to nuclear conflict in history."
Carlson's comment comes on the heels of heated communication from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Carlson said the reaction from the West, which includes many United States public officials, is aggravating the threat.
In a lengthy monologue, Carlson issues warning after warning.
Partial transcript follows:
VLADIMIR PUTIN, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT (through translator): I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction and for separate components and more modern than those of NATO countries, and when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use means at our disposal. It’s not a bluff.
CARLSON: 'It’s not a bluff,' says Putin, who we are told is insane, so we probably should take it seriously. He is, after all, running a country with the largest nuclear arsenal on the planet and he is talking about using nuclear weapons if the West continues to threaten Russia’s territorial integrity.
It’s a conditional warning and, of course, threatening Russia’s territorial integrity was never part of the deal. Right? You remember this? It’s why you wore a Ukrainian lapel pin or put a Ukrainian flag in front of your house.
Ukraine was invaded. The point was to kick the Russians out. That seems reasonable by any standard of fairness and decency, but that’s not what the Biden administration is pushing for. They’re pushing for toppling the government of Russia and once again, hoping that everything will be fine after that, someone better will somehow take over.
'He’s bad. Let’s kill him.' Heard that story before?
So, in response to what Putin just said, Ukraine’s government called for an immediate nuclear attack on Russia, an attack that would without question result in the immediate destruction of New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, the deaths of tens of millions of Americans. That’s what he just said.
Sane people do not talk this way, ever. If there was a moment for the Biden administration to shut this whole thing down and force a negotiated peace, which they could do in an instant, that moment is right now before huge numbers of people die, but that’s not what the Biden administration is doing. They are moving in the other direction at high speed and doing all they can to bring the West to the brink of destruction.
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Read the full monologue here.