Carlson, the conspiracy theory-spewing Fox News personality, claimed Meloni isn’t the hard-right politician that her critics say she is, despite the neo-fascist roots of her Brothers of Italy party.
The prime-time star also suggested the GOP adopt Meloni’s tone on what he described as the “onslaught” of “poisonous ideologies” faced by American families.
Then, before playing a clip of Meloni, Carlson added: “As you watch this, ask yourself if you would vote for a candidate like this if you had the chance in our country?”
Carlson has similarly fawned over Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister, Viktor Orban.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.