Tucker Carlson is the most popular and top-rated host on Fox News Channel.
Carlson’s massive audience – as well as his ability to provide the intellectual framework for Donald Trump’s agenda – led to speculation that Carlson could mount a credible 2024 presidential campaign.
And now Tucker Carlson said six shocking words about running for president as a Republican.
In an interview with Time Magazine, Carlson revealed his thoughts on the state of the Republican Party and his political aspirations.
Carlson told Time – of the GOP – that “they’re inept and bad at governing.”
“First of all, they’re inept and bad at governing,” Carlson said in the interview. “The party is much more effective as an oppositional force than it is as a governing party.”
The conduct of congressional Republicans during Donald Trump’s presidency backs up Carlson’s statement.
In 2017 John McCain stabbed Trump and the GOP in the back by casting a surprise thumbs down “no” vote in the middle of the night to kill the attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.
RINO Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also never lifted a finger to fight for Trump’s agenda of building the wall and implementing “America First” policies to secure the border and protect American workers.
Carlson pivoted to the fact that in 2020 the Republican Party did not even adopt a party platform.
“What’s the point in having a convention or a political party more broadly if you can’t be bothered to define what it is you stand for? I found that contemptible,” Carlson added.
Carlson considering the Republican Party a hollow and empty vessel did not sound like the beginning of a presidential campaign.
And Carlson again confirmed he would not run for president in 2024.
“That seems like the unhappiest job you could have,” Carlson told Time. “I just don’t have any ambitions like that. I have zero interest in being loved by people I don’t know.”
The 2024 Republican nomination hinges on one question.
Will Donald Trump mount a third White House bid?
If Trump runs, he will almost certainly win the nomination as polls show Trump with a commanding lead in a hypothetical primary field and the most serious contenders would pass on challenging Trump.
In a Trump-less field, Carlson would have posed a serious threat to win the nomination.
Carlson’s show’s been described as the “living room” for the American right as Rush Limbaugh’s passing means the opening monologue of Carlson’s show features issues that will then dominate Republican Party thought and talking points.
Carlson’s hatred for the establishment and strong views on crime, immigration, foreign policy, and critical race theory would have defined the contours of the 2024 race.
That may still happen, but Carlson will set the ideological pace for the GOP nomination fight from his studio and not the campaign trail.
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