"Why should we sit back and let our largest trading partner, the country with which we share the longest border, and a great country -- I’ve always loved Canada, because of its natural beauty, why should we let it become Cuba? Why don’t we liberate it? And I mean it," Carlson said during the interview.
This sparked a reaction from far-left Canadian New Democratic Party MP Matthew Green, who sought a unanimous motion in the House of Canada to "condemn recent comments by Fox News personality Tucker Carlson in which he suggests US armed forces ‘liberate’ Canada from the current prime minister."
Green said that Carlson's statements were an example of "far-right violent extremism." The proposal was shut down by "nays" from, mostly, the Conservative side.
In response to the motion, Carlson said that freedom-loving people have all left Canada, leaving the remaining population in the hands of what is basically a dictatorship led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
"Canada under Justin Trudeau has become, effectively, a dictatorship. And we don't like dictatorships, we're America. We liberate dictatorships. That's what we do," he said.
Carlson said that it was a "fair question" and said that he thought Canadians would be "flattered" because "they're always flattered when you talk about them."
"If you do a Canada joke on TV, they go absolutely crazy. They don't know how to handle it, or what it means. But it doesn't matter, they're excited. And that's true even in the Canadian Parliament.
"Apparently there's so little going on in Canada, like civil liberties, that if you tell a joke about Canada, they go bonkers."
Carlson said that he didn't suggest the arm forces invade Canada. "Don't flatter yourself... We wouldn't need the armed forces," he concluded.
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