The Russian Revolution of 1917 sparked a civil war that killed 10 million people and ended in totalitarian communism.
During a speech on Friday, Tucker Carlson drew unsettling parallels between 1917 Russia and the modern United States.
Carlson drew these parallels while delivering the keynote speech at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s 70th Anniversary Gala.
At a gathering of conservative academics, Carlson sounded every bit the conservative, libertarian, populist firebrand his audiences have come to expect.
Tucker tells the story of Pyotr Wrangel and the Russian Revolution: “The country is in complete chaos. He goes into a movie theater and everyone in the theater is completely absorbed in the movie, like there’s no revolution happening outside.
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The clip began with Carlson describing the memoirs of Russian General Pyotr Wrangel, who fought for Czar Nicholas the Second during World War I (1914-18) and later commanded anti-Bolshevik forces in the Russian Civil War (1917-23).
Wrangel recalled that upon returning from the front lines to the Russian imperial capital of St. Petersburg he witnessed the barbaric early stages of the Bolshevik Revolution.
“Soldiers are going crazy in the streets. And they’re raping women. They’re stealing at gunpoint — soldiers in uniform,” Carlson said on Friday.
Incredibly, many well-off Russians seemed not to notice.
“He goes into a movie theater, and everyone in the movie theater is completely absorbed in the movie, like there’s no revolution happening outside,” Carlson said.
Wrangel immediately went to the imperial court to warn the Czar and the ruling Romanov family, whom he knew well.
“And he notices about 80 percent of the women in the Romanov family are wearing red ribbons in solidarity with the Bolsheviks who wound up — of course we know how it ends — murdering them,” Carlson said.