Tucker Carlson In Private: “I Hate [Trump] Passionately.”
Tucker is one of those "elites" he saying hates his audience.
Admittedly this is a topic that has been covered a lot, but it’s also a topic that just keeps on giving. Dominion Voting Systems continues to release evidence from the discovery phase of their civil suit against Fox News and Fox Corp. And let’s just say that some of former President Trump’s strongest on-air backers apparently have a lot of feelings about him that they don’t share with their audiences.
Some quotes from noted on-air Trump stan Tucker Carlson:
“We are very, very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights. I truly can’t wait. I hate him passionately.” — Tucker Carlson text to Fox News producer, January 4, 2021
“That’s the last four years. We’re all pretending we’ve got a lot to show for it, because admitting what a disaster it’s been is too tough to digest. But come on. There isn’t really an upside to Trump.” — Also Tucker on January 4, 2021
Here’s CNN with a summary of the rest of Carlson’s private communications:
Carlson “passionately” hates Trump: In a number of private text messages, Carlson was harshly critical of Trump. In one November 2020 exchange, Carlson said Trump’s decision to snub Joe Biden’s inauguration was “so destructive.” Carlson added that Trump’s post-election behavior was “disgusting” and that he was “trying to look away.” In another text message conversation, two days before the January 6 attack, Carlson said, “We are very, very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights. I truly can’t wait.” Carlson added of Trump, “I hate him passionately.” The Fox host said of the Trump presidency, “That’s the last four years. We’re all pretending we’ve got a lot to show for it, because admitting what a disaster it’s been is too tough to digest. But come on. There isn’t really an upside to Trump.”https://www.cnn.com/2023/03/08/media/fox-news-dominion-filings-reliable-sources/index.html
Will this have an impact on Carlson’s career? Who knows. Generally speaking, while people often like being lied to, they don’t want liars to be honest about that. Tucker’s one hope is that his core audience will ignore mainstream media critiques. However, the one problem is there are a lot of people and other networks in the Conservative Media Complex who are looking for an opportunity to come at the king. And this gives them a lot of ammo. So closed media ecosystems may not be enough to keep this news out.
Update 1: The National Review has decided to land one of the first blows against Carlson with “‘I Hate Him Passionately’: Tucker Carlson Unloads on Trump in Text Messages“–now the question is whether others will follow.
Update 2: Former Fox News personality Eric Bolling has mentioned this on his NewsMax program.