Tucker Carlson, a prominent conservative media personality, has extended his endorsement to former President Donald Trump, a surprising twist given Carlson’s previous disdain for the ex-president. In a recent interview on Roseanne Barr’s controversial podcast, Carlson expressed his shift in support, citing a pivotal moment that triggered his change of heart.
In a legal showdown, Dominion filed a lawsuit against Fox News and its parent company, accusing them of spreading baseless claims regarding the 2020 election’s integrity and Dominion’s voting machines. Notably, some of Fox News’ prominent figures, including Carlson, were implicated in making these unfounded allegations. Dominion’s case contended that Fox had defamed the company by suggesting it had manipulated the election against Trump.
The legal battle reached its conclusion in April, with Fox News bearing a substantial financial burden of $787.5 million as part of the settlement. Carlson’s tenure on the network came to an end shortly after the lawsuit was resolved, marking a significant shift in his career.
Beyond legal matters, Carlson faced criticism from both Democratic and some Republican lawmakers for what they perceived as downplaying the events of January 6, 2021, when individuals, some with the intent to disrupt the electoral vote count and maintain Trump’s presidency, stormed the U.S. Capitol.
An Unacceptable Event
Carlson’s transformation into an ardent Trump supporter stemmed from an incident last summer when Mar-a-Lago was raided, an event he found unacceptable. He vehemently declared, “I’m voting for Trump, and if they convict him, I will send him the max donations and I will lead protests. That’s how I feel.” This newfound allegiance contrasts with the strain it has put on his personal relationships, acknowledging that he has lost friends due to his unwavering support for Trump.
During Trump’s presidency, Carlson held a prominent position at Fox News, seemingly enjoying a friendly rapport with the former president. However, a different narrative emerged during Dominion Voting Systems’ defamation lawsuit against the network, when text messages surfaced, revealing a less amicable perspective.
In a text message dated January 4, 2021, Carlson expressed his eagerness to move past Trump, stating, “We are very, very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights. I truly can’t wait.” His text revealed a passionate dislike for Trump, confessing, “I hate him passionately… I can’t handle much more of this.”
Trump, the leading contender for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, has taken a unique approach during this primary season. While he has qualified for all Republican debates, he has chosen not to participate in any of them. Instead, prior to the first debate, he opted for a pre-recorded interview with Carlson, which was released on the platform formerly known as Twitter just minutes before the Fox News debate aired.
Carlson clarified in August that it was Trump who had approached him for the interview, emphasizing that, regardless of one’s opinion of the former president, he was undeniably the dominant frontrunner in the Republican race at that moment.
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