Tucker Carlson’s trip to a Russian grocery store — something he says “radicalized” him against American leaders — drew critics from across the political spectrum, including a Republican senator and an MSNBC host.

After glorifying the Moscow subway system with classical music called mountingCarlson recounted his shopping experience, where his haul apparently ended up costing much less than he had anticipated.

“Coming to a Russian grocery store, the ‘heart of evil,’ and seeing what things cost and how they live, will radicalize you against our leaders,” the former Fox News host said. “Anyway, that’s how I feel: radicalized. By the way, we’re not making any of this up. Absolutely.”

Carlson has been in Russia to interview Vladimir Putin, the first meeting the president has had with a Western media figure since the war against Ukraine began two years ago. Putin has since complained that Carlson was too soft on him.

And Carlson’s shopping experience was more hostile toward American politicians than the experience he had just spoken to.

Putin says Tucker Carlson did not impress him

“Everyone (on the team) is from the United States… and we don’t pay any attention to cost. We simply put in the cart what we would actually eat for a week. All (we guess) around $400 dollars. Here it was 104 US dollars. And that’s when you start to realize that ideology doesn’t matter as much as you thought,” he stated.

“If you take people’s standard of living and ruin it through filth, crime and inflation, and they literally can’t buy the food they want, at that point maybe it matters less what you say or whether you’re a ‘ good’. person’ or a ‘bad person,’” he continued. “You are ruining people’s lives and their country. And that is what our leaders have done to us.”

However, Carlson’s rant was soon mocked.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) weighed in sarcastically about he wrote, adding: “The Soviets had a term for people like Tucker: useful idiots.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton applied the same term to Carlson in an interview last week, saying his pro-Russia comments could end up landing him a show on state media.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes also alluded to Carlson’s reaction: pointing out It is natural for Americans to find that the cost of items in a poorer country is less than in the states. Alan Cole, senior economist at the Tax Foundation Center he did the same.

According to a survey published in July 2021 by Russian state media TASS, more than 60 percent of Russians spend half of their income on groceries.

Carlson’s interaction with shopping carts in the store also drew criticism, with the conservative group Republicans Against Trump commenting on X: “The man of the people, Tucker Carlson, flew to Russia to discover the shopping cart technology that the United States has had for decades.”

Matthew Gertz, senior fellow at the media watchdog group Media Matters, summarized in X what Carlson’s visit abroad showed about himself.

Carlson “prefers the aesthetics and political outcomes of illiberal, ethnonationalist autocracies that punish immigrants and LGBTQ people to liberal, pluralistic democracies that do not,” he wrote.

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By Sam