Report: GOP ‘Buzzing’ About A Possible Tucker Carlson Run In 2024
According to Politico, many discussions have risen about the possibility of Fox News Host Tucker Carlson running for president in 2024.
- The report stated that “Republican strategists, conservative commentators, and former Trump campaign and administration officials are buzzing about Carlson as the next-generation leader of Donald Trump’s movement.”
“He’s a talented communicator with a massive platform. I think if he runs he’d be formidable,” said Luke Thompson, a Republican strategist who worked for Jeb Bush’s super PAC in 2016.
- Carlson has “become perhaps the highest-profile proponent of ‘Trumpism’ — a blend of anti-immigrant nationalism, economic populism and America First isolationism that he articulates unapologetically and with some snark. At the same time, he's shown a rare willingness among Republicans to bluntly criticize Trump when he believes the president is straying from that ideology.”
- His show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” is currently “the most watched cable news program in history,” and on Fox News’ YouTube channel, Carlson’s “segments from the past quarter have drawn well over 60 million views,” Politico reported.
- His “popularity with the base would instigate a debate over the future of the party — essentially whether Trump was an aberration or a party-realigning disrupter — a fight that will be all the fiercer if Trump loses in November,” Politico continued.
“Let me put it this way: If Biden wins and Tucker decided to run, he’d be the nominee,” said Sam Nunberg, a former top political aide to Trump who knows Carlson. However, Nunberg said he does not believe Carlson will run because “he’s so disgusted with politicians.”
Sixteen prominent Republicans said there’s “an emerging consensus in the GOP that the 51-year-old Carlson would be formidable if he were to run,” Politico added. But others remain “skeptical that he would leave his prime-time TV gig.”