(Congress Report) – There’s a lot of speculation floating around the internet right now concerning potential reasons why the relationship between conservative commentator Tucker Carlson and Fox News came to an abrupt end on Monday, including the idea that he might be about to announce his candidacy for president. I don’t know about that, given his support for former President Donald Trump. But anything is possible at this point, especially since the whole situation still remains unexplained.
According to a report from the Daily Caller, another conservative commentator, Stephen L. Miller, who also serves as an editor for The Spectator, tweeted, “He’s running.” Other media figures on the right also shared a similar belief as Philip Wegmann, a White House correspondent for RealClear News noted, “It significantly changes the GOP 2024 primary overnight.”
“Keep an eye out for speeches in the Granite State,” posted fellow conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt, making a reference to New Hampshire. “He’s always downplayed the possibility of running for president, but that’s an open possibility now,” Christopher Rufo, a conservative writer and fellow of the Manhattan Institute, a leading think tank on the right, went on to write concerning the speculation about Carlson.
“Carlson, co-founder of the Daily Caller News Foundation, hosted the show ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ on Fox News’ primetime 8 p.m. slot from 2016 to 2023. During this time, he was consistently ranked as the highest-rated cable television host in the United States,” the Daily Caller said. “An estimated 3.2 million viewers watched Carlson’s show every night in March of 2023, per Mediaite, which political experts claim would make him a leading candidate for the Republican nomination.”
He's running. https://t.co/2AZll1wXof
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 24, 2023
Only if the “Tucker 2024” signs have not been printed yet. Keep an eye out for speeches in the Granite State. https://t.co/nPE78kMA7f
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) April 24, 2023
The Tucker Carlson news isn't just a media story. It significantly changes the GOP 2024 primary overnight. https://t.co/ObIZsipmbn
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) April 24, 2023
What are the chances Tucker runs for president👀
— Pedro L. Gonzalez (@emeriticus) April 24, 2023
“He’s a talented communicator with a massive platform. I think if he runs he’d be formidable,” remarked Luke Thompson, who is a GOP political strategist who was part of the Jeb Bush campaign back in 2016, to Politico. This same sentiment was shared by Sam Nunberg, who was an adviser to Donald Trump, who predicted back in 2020 that if Biden were to win and Tucker decided to run, he would be the Republican Party nominee.
Tucker Carlson is the best of the best and consistently put in extra time to cultivate new talent on the Right. He's always downplayed the possibility of running for president, but that's an open possibility now. If he stays in media, I'm excited to see what he does next.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) April 24, 2023
If it turns out Carlson does run that would, of course, pit him against former President Donald Trump and likely current GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who is expected to announce his intentions to run for the White House in May.
In the past, Carlson has been asked if he’d run for president and he denied having any such interest.
“I have zero political ambition in life. My ambition is to write my script and that’s what you’ll hear from anyone who knows me,” Carlson stated during an interview with Semafor’s Ben Smith in July 2022.
What Tucker Carlson told @semaforben in July when asked if he'd run for president in 2024 pic.twitter.com/lRndxgMqgw
— Semafor (@semafor) April 24, 2023
He then added, “I don’t want power and I’ve never wanted power, [but] I’m annoyed by things and want them to change.”
Here are a few more tweets from folks concerning Carlson’s exit from Fox via BizPac Review:
Fox News to Bud Light… "Hold my beer"
— Gunther Eagleman™ (@GuntherEagleman) April 24, 2023
Good for Tucker. Trust me, he doesn’t need them. https://t.co/NjFqqsIV4q
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) April 24, 2023
I whole lot of very jealous people are celebrating the Tucker news today. The problem for those people though is Tucker is going to go on to be a big success at whatever he does next.
And you’ll still be boring and unsuccessful.
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) April 24, 2023
The best decision I ever made was leaving Fox. Good for you, @TuckerCarlson. You’re free & uncensored! pic.twitter.com/ZsUwnGAZ7M
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) April 24, 2023
Tucker Carlson will be fine. Fox News will not be fine. That's the difference. Fox needed Tucker more than he needed Fox.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 24, 2023
Wherever Tucker Carlson goes, America will follow!
Thank you for being one of the greatest and most powerful voices in the conservative movement.
Can’t wait to see what’s next!
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) April 24, 2023
Could we end up with a Glenn Beck / Tucker Carlson & Company network?
— Sheri – FFT👠 (@FemalesForTrump) April 24, 2023
.@glennbeck invites @TuckerCarlson to join The Blaze in the wake of departure from Fox News:
"We would love to have you here, you won't miss a beat, and together the two of us will tear it up." pic.twitter.com/7IfP7HQaFA
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) April 24, 2023
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Wow….at the very least a … “Trump / Carlson”… ticket for 2024. He could get his political legs under the best. Then…..that would be a given then for 2028 with a …”Carlson / Owens”… ticket. Think about it…! I’m just thinking out loud is all.
Tucker’s stance on support for Ukraine makes him an untenable candidate. Love him, otherwise. On this issue he sounds like a Kremlin spokesperson. 59% of independent voters favor support for Ukraine. 69% percent of the general public believe the U.S. support for Ukraine is “just right” or “not enough” (39% + 30%). Russian aggression didn’t stop when they grabbed Ukraine’s Crimea Oblast seven years ago and no one with any sense of history will believe they would stop their aggression if they were awarded with four more Ukrainian oblasts now. The hostilities in Ukraine could end this year, as Russia may run out of military funding by September 2023. Should the hostilities continue into November 2024 and the GOP candidate be against supporting Ukraine while the Dems are in favor of supporting them, I think that may well be the deciding factor in the Dems favor.