Ever since Fox News fired Tucker Carlson speculation swirled that Carlson could enter the 2024 GOP presidential primary.
Carlson finally made his intentions clear.
And Tucker Carlson made a huge announcement about his plans to run for president in 2024.
Tucker Carlson reportedly blasted a PAC purportedly trying to drum up support for Carlson to run for president as a “scam.”
The Draft Tucker PAC began promoting an ad on social media to acquire email addresses and raise money for a potential “Tucker Carlson for president” bid.
“Republicans need a new leader, and Tucker Carlson is ready to lead,” the ad’s narrator declared. “No one in America is more articulate and pins down leftists in both parties better than Tucker.”
“Tucker Carlson is witty, sharp, and mocks woke nonsense,” the narrator added. “Tucker will whip Biden in a debate.”
Republicans need a new leader that can stand up to Biden. It’s time to draft Tucker Carlson pic.twitter.com/FV9s3wxalc
— Draft Tucker Carlson (@DrafttuckerPAC) May 19, 2023
Failed GOP congressional candidate Chris Ekstrom explained that he started the PAC based on his belief that neither Donald Trump nor Ron DeSantis is conservative enough.
“I’m very concerned that they’re going to not move the debate as far right as it ought to be,” Ekstrom said. “If Tucker Carlson entered the race in a reasonable amount of time and just continued in the same territory that he was covering at Fox, I think that’d be a rude awakening for both President Trump and Governor DeSantis.”
Charlie Kolean — a consultant working for the PAC — claimed the group aimed to push the debate in the GOP primary to the right.
“I think it will move the conversation to the right, just in a macro way, with candidates taking more solid stances rather than being like a moderate Republican,” Kolean said in an interview with The Hill.
But Carlson wants nothing to do with this PAC and Carlson clearly wanted the word out that his fans should not donate to the group.
“From source close to Carlson: ‘Tucker has no intention of running for president and doesn’t want anyone donating to this scam PAC,’” The Daily Caller’s Henry Rodgers posted on social media.
Carlson’s repeatedly denied interest in running for president.
Shortly before Fox News fired him Carlson told Semafor that he had no interest in running for president because he enjoyed his job as a talk show host.
And even after Fox News fired him Carlson’s first big public announcement was that he planned to restart his talk show on Twitter.
Running for president was never even considered.
But scam PACs are a problem.
Operatives set up PACs with the name of a conservative favorite in the title to dupe donors into giving money thinking it is going to whoever the PAC purports to support.
That is almost never the case as the purpose of the PAC is to build an email list that the owners can rent for profit.
Carlson is wary of groups that will use his name and claim to support a “Carlson for president” campaign that does not exist and never will exist.
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