Ukrainian Americans Protest California Church Speech by Putin Advocate Tucker Carlson
A group of Ukrainian Americans and their supporters gathered outside a conservative Christian megachurch in San Diego County last weekend to protest an inside speech by Tucker Carlson. The Fox News host has repeatedly attacked Ukraine and defended Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The protest at the Awaken the Church in San Marcos, Calif., took place Saturday just as horrific footage from Ukraine showed civilians, some tied up, shot dead in Bucha and other towns after Russian troops withdrew.
President Joe Biden and other world leaders are calling Putin a war criminal, and Biden has demanded that Putin be tried for the atrocities.
Yet Carlson has often supported Putin on the air. A former Reagan administration official said last month she almost had a “stroke” listening to Carlson as he “apologized” for Putin “on his show almost every night”.
The conservative pundit’s comments have been so positive for Putin that his videos are repeatedly shown on Russian television. The Kremlin has asked Russian state-controlled media to highlight Carlson’s broadcasts “as much as possible”, according to a leaked Russian government memo obtained by Mother Jones.
San Marcos protesters lined up strollers on Saturday to mark the death of 150 children in the Russian invasion.
“Children are dying in Ukraine; that’s why we have all the strollers, shoes and children’s toys, representing every child who’s been killed in the last month,” Mira Rubin of San Diego’s House of Ukraine Cultural Museum told CBS News 8. innocent citizens are dying in Ukraine.”
Protester Sergiy Korelov said: “It’s not okay. We must have empathy. If someone is raped in the street, if someone is abused in the street, we as human beings have to react. So that’s my message to Tucker Carlson: Respond – with empathy, compassion, as a human being. »
Watch a segment on the protest below.
Carlson could not be reached for comment. Awaken Church did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.