Tucker Carlson for President?

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Politico has reported that “Republican strategists, conservative commentators, and former Trump campaign and administration officials are buzzing about Carlson as the next-generation leader of Donald Trump’s movement — with many believing he would be an immediate frontrunner in a Republican primary.”

According to the report, sixteen leading Republicans have recognized that a consensus is emerging in the party that, were Tucker Carlson to run for president, he would be a formidable candidate. Carlson currently enjoys the highest ratings in cable news, and it is unclear if he is interested in leaving his show to run the country.

Carlson could convert ratings into votes

Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide, noted, “Let me put it this way: If Biden wins and Tucker decided to run, he’d be the nominee.Q Nunberg believes that Carlson is too “disgusted with politicians” to jump into the fray.

The ratings for Carlson’s show not only crush his competition, they are also the best for any cable news show in history. Video clips of Carlson’s Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight have been viewed more than an impressive 60 million times.

Carlson has a reputation for speaking the truth and offering intelligent criticism to both those on the left and on the right. He also has a reputation for tackling issues that his TV competitors refuse to touch.

Carlson pulls no punches

 

Last week, Carlson raked Republican Senator Mike Braun over the coals for Braun’s push to expose police officers to broadened liability in civil lawsuits.

Braun made the bizarre defense that he needed to appease Democratic Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. Carlson retorted, “Who controls the Senate? I thought Republicans controlled the Senate. So you’re taking your cues from Chuck Schumer saying, ‘He might criticize me, therefore I have to pass a law that makes it easier to sue police’?”

The interview continued to be painful for Braun.

Rich Lowry, editor of the National review believes that Carlson can convert his following into votes. He has said that “There is at the very least a significant faction within the Republican Party that he has a huge stake in and arguably leadership over. If he has political ambitions, he has an opening. He has a following and a taste for controversy. He’s smart, quick on his feet and personable. Political experience matters less than it once did.”