Tucker Carlson argued Tuesday that Democrats are ignoring many problems facing the country in favor of pursuing numerous investigations of President Trump and alleged Russian collusion. 

In his opening monologue, Carlson noted that in 2017, the death rates from alcohol, drugs and suicides hit their highest recorded levels ever.

"You've got to wonder how long this can continue. It's too frivolous, it's too dishonest. They keep telling us, the only thing that matters is Trump. They know that isn't true. They just don't want to talk about the rest of it because they are implicated in it," he said, adding that many politicians "resent any attempt to remind them that in the world beyond the coastal cities, America is killing itself."

Rochelle Ritchie, a former press secretary for House Democrats, disagreed with Carlson's points, arguing that the Mueller probe is not stopping specific states from combating the drug and suicide problems. 

She said it's unfair to say Democrats want to impeach the president, arguing top Democrats are realizing that impeachment is not popular with voters. Ritchie said it was President Trump who actually shut down the government over a border wall. 

Carlson said people coming across the southern border illegally is a "real conversation" that should be had in the country. 

Ritchie pushed back that illegal immigration has been declining, with Carlson responding that she should "update [her] talking points" on that issue.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday that more than 76,000 people tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in February, a "remarkable" leap and the highest number of any February in the past 12 years.

Watch the full debate above.

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