Fox News' Tucker Carlson isn't shedding any tears over the departure of former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who he now claims was a "man of the left" all along.
Carlson, a longtime critic of Bolton, celebrated his ouster on his Tuesday show, calling it a "great day for America" and saying the "large number of young people who would have been killed in pointless wars if Bolton had stayed on the job" should be "celebrating," Mediaite reports.
The Fox News host went on to contend that Bolton "fundamentally was a man of the left," even though he is a registered Republican who has served in every GOP presidential administration since Ronald Reagan's and campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964 at the age of 15, BBC News reports.
Even so, Carlson labeled him "one of the most progressive" Trump administration officials and claimed "so many" progressives are "mourning" his departure.
"There was not a human problem John Bolton wasn't totally convinced could be solved with the brute force of government," Carlson argued. "That's an assumption of the left, not the right. Don't let the mustache fool you."
Although some on the left have spoken out about the circumstances surrounding Bolton's firing, The Washington Post's Dave Weigel observes that he has seen little actual praise for Bolton from progressives, with Weigel writing, "contempt for Bolton is hard-wired into even liberal DNA." Brendan Morrow