Tucker Carlson reportedly made some inspirational remarks at the annual Christmas dinner hosted by the American Principles Project Foundation (APP) this week. Carlson’s response to a story and rumors that suggested Melania Trump was considering him for the vice presidential nomination was both astute and amusing.
“God would have to yell at me very loud,” Carlson said, adding that although he would consider the position, supernatural intervention would be required to defeat former President Donald Trump for the vice presidential nomination in 2024.
Carlson’s comments follow a lot of conjecture on his potential for political office. But he’s never once indicated that he would be interested in going from his well-established profession as a television pundit to a position in politics. He compared the possible transition, in a lighthearted manner, to moving from “a well-paid street corner schizophrenic to, like, a politician,” during the event.
“God would have to yell at me very loud,” Tucker Carlson says at APP gala when asked about speculation that he’d join the ticket as VP with Trump. Being around politicians constantly, he adds, “is so repulsive to me.”
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Carlson expressed in a recent interview with Roseanne Barr his unwavering endorsement of Trump, particularly in consideration of the 2022 Mar-a-Lago raid.
“I’ve always agreed with Trump’s policies, and I’ve lost friends over it,” Carlson shared. However, he said that it was the controversial raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence that transformed him from a passive supporter to an active one. “That just can’t stand,” he said.
“You cannot allow the regime, the President of the United States, to use the Justice Department to knock the frontrunner out of the race,” Carlson explained. “You can’t do that… So it’s bigger than Trump. It’s bigger than Biden. It’s a question of, do you want to live in a free country with a functioning justice system.”
Axios reports that Melania Trump has been pressuring her husband to consider Tucker Carlson for the position of chief adviser. She asserts that he would supplement the former president’s camera-ready bravado with a “powerful onstage extension.” This year, Melania has only visited a handful of locations while campaigning; the addition of Tucker Carlson could potentially disrupt her schedule.
Vice presidential candidates include Senator J.D. Vance (R–OH), Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas, Senate candidate Kari Lake of Arizona, and Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota. Additionally included on the shortlist are Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Congressman Byron Donalds (R-FL), both of whom accompanied Trump during his campaign.
A stir ensued when Trump hinted in November that he might be amenable to contemplating Carlson for the vice presidential nomination. Trump responded to the aforementioned premise during a discussion on “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” by stating, “I like Tucker a lot.” Presumably, I would contemplate him. He possesses remarkable common sense.
While discussing the bold strategy, Trump reflected on his decision to engage in a conversation with Tucker Carlson during the inaugural Republican debate—an action that garnered an all-time high in viewership.
Trump cited the ratings as evidence that conservative media figures, such as Tucker Carlson, wield considerable sway. 212.3 million people viewed “Debate Night with Donald J. Trump,” which was hosted on the program of Tucker Carlson. In context, the debate attained its highest point in viewership with 24 million individuals tuning in when Fox News surpassed the ratings record in 2015, an accomplishment that was predominantly attributed to the participation of Trump.