Amidst the ongoing legal battles faced by Andrew Tate, a social media influencer enveloped in controversy, accused of rape, human trafficking, and leading an organized crime group in Romania, a remarkable assertion was made during his interview with Tucker Carlson. Boldly, Tate claimed that the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, had achieved a miraculous “eradication of Covid” through Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The interview, which lasted two-and-a-half hours and was shared on Twitter, stirred significant attention. Despite the numerous allegations surrounding Tate. The former host of Fox News provided him with a platform for his debut episode of “Tucker on Twitter.” The interview quickly gained millions of views, igniting both outrage and criticism.
Tate’s expression of gratitude towards Putin in his shocking statement, “We must acknowledge Putin’s role in curing Covid. With the onset of his invasion, the virus mysteriously vanished,”. Captured the audience’s interest and further fueled the already controversial nature of the interview.
Before this interview, Tate had hinted at a similar perspective on Twitter while responding to a tweet questioning the lack of attention given to the Covid situation. His response contained:
- A jest.
- Suggesting that Putin had dominated the news cycle with the Russia-Ukraine War.
- Insinuating that the Russian President had “cured Covid” through his actions.
The critics swiftly condemned Carlson for providing Tate a platform without thorough scrutiny or contextualization. Carlson had previously defended Tate as a right-wing television personality, labelling his arrest as a “violation of human rights.” This controversial interview only garnered more criticism, drawing disapproval from numerous media figures, journalists, and conservative commentators.
During the interview. Carlson attempted to distance himself from the ensuing controversy, urging viewers to “form their own opinions” about Tate. The former kickboxer and social media influencer, known for promoting misogynistic viewpoints, has been under house arrest since his release from Romanian police custody on 31st March. Tate’s brother Tristan and two associates are also facing charges related to the allegations.
Considering the gravity of the charges against Tate, his appearance on Carlson’s show received widespread condemnation, raising concerns about the lack of scrutiny and accountability in providing a platform to controversial individuals. As the aftermath of this interview unfolds, the debate surrounding Tucker Carlson’s decision to feature Andrew Tate continues to intensify. The public anxiously awaits further developments while grappling with the startling claims made during this contentious interview.