Tucker Carlson hails Andrew Tate as ‘really smart’ and ‘completely real’
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has again defended locked-up influencer Andrew Tate, hailing him as ‘really smart’ and ‘really real’.
Carlson’s comments came before it was announced that Tate, 36, has been denied bail in a Romanian court, where they today ruled that he must remain behind bars on sex trafficking charges.
The self-proclaimed misogynist was arrested on December 29 with his brother on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organised crime group to exploit women.
Prior to news of Tate’s bail denial today, the right-wing commentator told the Full Send Podcast that he thought his imprisonment was a ‘conspiracy’ and that he didn’t believe Tate’s message was threatening.
This is not the first time Carlson has defended Tate. He previously claimed his arrest as ‘obviously a set up’ and a ‘human rights violation’.
Speaking to the Full Send Podcast, Tucker Carlson said Tate was ‘really smart’ and ‘completely real’
Police officers escort Andrew Tate outside the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism
Speaking to the Full Send Podcast, Carlson said: ‘First of all he’s really smart. That’s completely real. 100%. And I’m also 54 so I’m really old so there are parts of what he says that are like so far out of my world and context and experience.
He added: ‘I will say it – I’m just being honest – there’s some that I miss about Andrew Tate, but the spirit that animates Andrew Tate is very clear and very obvious and it’s not a malicious spirit at all.
‘Andrew Tate’s core message is respect yourself. Act like you’re worth something. Achieve something. Do something. Get the f*** off the couch. Put down the porn. Like go do something with your life.
Carlson added: ‘I feel like that’s the greatest message that anyone could give. And I mean that’s how I read Andrew Tate’s message. So of course, it just tells you everything about the people in charge that’s threatening. How is that threatening?’
Carlson then claimed that the same people who live on ‘Pedo Island with Epstein’ and ‘the same people that were friends with Harvey Weinstein’ were claiming to protect women by rebuking Tate.
After his bail refusal today, Tate appeared at court where he hoped he would be released from prison and placed under house arrest after nearly three months behind bars.
However, his application was rejected by the judge this afternoon. The influencer said he was ‘disappointed’ by the decision as he had ‘high hopes’ to be reunited with his family,’ before adding that his lawyers will be appealing the decision.
Andrew Tate could be released from a Romanian jail today as the divisive influencer is set to attend his first bail hearing this afternoon after spending nearly three months in prison on sex trafficking charges
Last month, Tate lost his appeal against a judge’s February 21 decision to extend his arrest a third time for 30 days
A spokesperson for Tate told MailOnline earlier today: ‘Unfortunately, the Romanian judicial system denied Andrew Tate’s request for bail today. We are disappointed in this outcome as we had high hopes to see Andrew reunited with his family.
‘His legal team will be appealing this decision within the 48hr time frame.
‘The decision of the court can be seen below:
‘[The Court] Rejects the request to replace the measure of preventive arrest with the measure of judicial control on bail formulated by the defendant TEA as inadmissible in principle. With the right of appeal within 48 hours of communication.’
Tate’s legal team said they will appeal the decision to refuse the influencer bail. If this appeal is also denied, he will remain behind bars until at least March 29.
Tate, 36, was arrested on December 29 with his brother Tristan on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organised crime group to exploit women
Former police officer Luana Radu (left) and Georgiana Naghel (right) are suspected of assisting the Tate brothers in the crimes they are under investigation for
Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan Tate arrive at The Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, on February 27 alongside Radu and Naghel
Following the judge’s decision today, Tate’s lawyer Eugen Vidineac said: ‘At first sight, the court’s decision is illegal because the inadmissibility principle concerns a question of the impossibility of the judicial act, a principle that cannot be applied in this case.’
Tate’s brother Tristan will attend his bail hearing tomorrow.
Their two female accomplices, Luana Radu, 32 – a former police officer in Bucharest – and Georgiana Naghel, 28 – a model believed to have been dating Tate for almost a year – will also attend bail hearings tomorrow and on Thursday respectively. None of the four have yet been formally charged.