TUCKER Carlson backed Vladimir Putin's "fair questions" about the Capitol riots and claimed the US is becoming an authoritarian regime under Joe Biden.
The Fox News host played a clip of Putin discussing the January 6 attack on the US Capitol during Tuesday night's episode of his show.
"We are living through the transformation of a formerly Democratic republic into something else," Carlson said.
"We're looking at growing authoritarianism. It's not an overstatement."
Carlson then played a clip of Putin doing an interview with NBC News, where he denies ordering the assassination of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny before questioning how the US handled the riot.
"We don't have this kind of habit of assassinating anybody," Putin said in Russian.
"…I want to ask you," he went on. "Did you order the assassination of the woman who walked into the Congress and who was shot and killed by a policeman?
"Do you know that 450 individuals were arrested after entering the Congress? And they didn't go there to steal a laptop, they came with political demands."
Putin was referring to Ashli Babbitt, who was one of five people who died after Donald Trump's supporters stormed the US Capitol while Congress was attempting to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election.
Carlson then defended playing the clip of Putin.
"Under normal circumstances, we would never play tape of a foreign adversary criticizing our government," Carlson said. "But honestly, those are fair questions.
"Who did shoot Ashli Babbitt and why don't we know?"
In April, the Capitol police officer who shot Babbitt, an Air Force veteran and QAnon supporter, was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.
Officials determined there was "insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution" against the officer who shot Babbitt, 35, as she attempted to breach a set of barricaded doors inside the Capitol during the siege.
The investigation into the shooting was closed and prosecutors did not name the officer involved.
Carlson's sudden support of Putin comes just a day before the Russian president is set to meet with Biden for discussions in Geneva.
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