Ukrainian Americans should be appalled by the statement made by television personality Tucker Carlson during his November 26 broadcast on the Fox network when he stated: “Why do I care what’s going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia? And why shouldn’t I root for Russia, which I am.”
Mr. Carlson later walked back this comment (weakly and unconvincingly) as a “joke.” This too is inexcusable. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is no joking matter. Its 2014 invasion of Ukraine’s Donbas region has caused the deaths of 13,000 people, wounded thousands more and forced more than 1.3 million people from their homes. Mr. Carlson’s shameful ignorance and callous disregard for the human cost of this war is outrageous. It should provoke us to action.