Fact Check: Tucker Carlson Did NOT Say Biden Was Planning 'Terrible Crime' Against Russia On March 7, 2024

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Tucker Carlson Did NOT Say Biden Was Planning 'Terrible Crime' Against Russia On March 7, 2024 Doctored Video

Did Tucker Carlson say in Russian that Biden was planning a "terrible crime" against Russia on March 7, 2024? No, that's not true: In the original video of Carlson taken from his social media account for a post on X, he does not mention President Joe Biden or a threat against Russia. The text in the post on X does not accurately represent what former Fox News host Carlson actually said during his video, which was giving advice and answering a question about sex. There was no mention of a secret plan that exposed an ominous threat by Biden to attack Russia on a specific day in March 2024.

The claim appeared in a post published on X, formerly known as Twitter, on March 5, 2024 (archived here). It began:

❗️Tucker Carlson: 'Today I received information from CIA sources that in the coming days the United States is planning a series of terrible provocations against Russia in order to influence the presidential election

This is what the post looked like on X at the time of writing:

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Twitter screenshot

(Source: X screenshot taken on Wed Mar 6 20:28:07 2024 UTC)

According to a Russian-speaking Lead Stories staff member, the English caption on the post accurately translates the Russian audio added to the video:

My dear Russian friends, it seems that Biden, who has lost his mind, has finally lost his mind and is ready to commit a terrible crime against ordinary Russians. This morning I received classified information from honest CIA employees and gave my word to release it. This scumbag started a war in Ukraine, blew up Nord Stream, and now he's targeting ordinary Russians. I'm posting this at the risk of my life, but I can't help it. I request each of you to read and spread this information. Facebook, Twitter block it, Russian Telegram is last hope to publicize Biden's criminal plans. You and I have only one day to do it, according to the plan, everything will happen on March 7th.

A video on the Tucker Carlson Network (archived here) account on YouTube posted on December 26, 2023, titled "If You Achieve Only One Thing in Life, It Should Be This" shows him wearing the same grey sweater in front of a red curtain background as in the video on X.

Carlson's real voice cannot be heard on the 49-second video on X. At five seconds into the video his mouth appears to be saying the word "complete," which matches the video posted on his YouTube page at the 1:28 mark. In the YouTube video, Carlson is answering questions about sex from viewers in a segment called "Ask Tucker." He never says the words Biden or Russia or mentions an attack on March 7.

Had Tucker said that Biden was planning a "terrible crime" against Russia on the specific date of March 7, 2024, that would have been major national and international news. A Google search (archived here) of the keywords "tucker carlson biden terrible crime russia march 7 2024" did not yield any matching results.

The post claims, "-- Tucker Carlson's report is available on his Russia channel: @T_Karlson_RUS," but a search on X (archived here) did not find any such account, as this screenshot shows:
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(Source: X screenshot taken on Wed Mar 6 20:35:54 2024 UTC)

Other Lead Stories fact checks about Tucker Carlson can be found here and about Russia can be found here.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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