If Donald Trump does not run for president in 2024 the GOP could see the most wide-open primary in at least a generation.
And now all hell is breaking loose.
And that’s because Tucker Carlson made a major announcement about leaving Fox News to run for president.
After the last election Republican donors and activists tried to plot out the Republican Party’s next move.
Some conservatives looked at Tucker Carlson—who drew an audience larger than that of the NBA Finals—as a candidate who could add meat to the bone of the Trump agenda by providing an intellectual basis for the “Make America Great Again” agenda.
In an appearance on the “Ruthless” podcast, Carlson addressed the speculation that he would run for president.
“Oh God, come on!” Carlson stated.
Carlson made it clear there was no chance he would enter the 2024 field.
“Yeah. I’ll be running,” Carlson continued. “That seems like a fun job. I’m sure my poor children would love that. Can you imagine?”
Carlson explained that having talked to presidents, Carlson found none of them to be happy in the job.
“I’ve known and talked to every president, you know, for a while, for like more than 30 years,” Carlson continued. “And you know, I can’t think of anyone whose life was improved by that. I mean, I guess if like I was the last person on earth, I could do it, but I mean, it seems pretty unlikely that I would be that guy.”
Carlson did admit that if he was the last person on earth he would run for the job of president, but Carlson was self-aware enough to understand he preferred to stay in his lane and remain a talk show host.
“I guess if I was the last person on earth who could do it. But that seems pretty unlikely that I would be that guy — you know what I mean? … I’m a talk show host; I enjoy it,” Carlson concluded.
It’s an open question as to if Donald Trump will run for president.
That decision looms over the 2024 field.
If Trump runs for president every serious contender will bow out and Trump’s only challenger would be a Never Trump challenger like Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
But if Trump does not run for president, 20 to 30 Republicans could throw their hat into the ring.
By virtue of his Fox News platform and massive audience, Carlson would have been a top contender.
With Rush Limbaugh’s passing, Carlson is now the most influential commentator on the right.
But Carlson prefers to help shape the political conversation on the right through his nightly monologues and not by running for office.
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