“I mean, he couldn’t build a border wall in 4 years. So, you know, there is a gap between promises and delivery.”
— Tucker Carlson, when asked if he believes Donald Trump’s claim he would end the war in Ukraine in 24 hours.
Tucker Carlson’s text: “A couple of weeks ago, I was watching video of people fighting on the street in Washington. A group of Trump guys surrounded an Antifa kid and started pounding the living shit out of him. It was three against one, at least. Jumping a guy like that is dishonorable obviously. It’s not how white men fight. Yet suddenly I found myself rooting for the mob against the man, hoping they’d hit him harder, kill him. I really wanted them to hurt the kid. I could taste it.”
Tucker Carlson was the darling of the ultra-right,
Misogynist, supremacist, his bona fides were airtight.
But then there was that text —
The one that got him axed —
On seeing “Trump guys” attack an “antifa kid”: “it’s not how white men fight.”
When Rupert fired his Fox News star Tucker,
No one felt sympathy or offered him succor.
His viciousness and nastiness
Were matched only by his hatefulness,
So suffice to say we won’t miss that fulminating fucker.
“The idea of Tucker Carlson being in that mob that day and not wetting his pants is hard to imagine.”
— Anderson Cooper, on CNN, criticizing the Fox News host’s attempt to re-write what happened on January 6.
“Bill O’Reilly’s really talented. He’s more talented than I am… But I think there’s a deep phoniness at the center of his shtick… built on perception that he is the character he plays… The moment that it’s revealed not to be true it’s over.”
— Tucker Carlson, on C-SPAN on September 13, 2003.
“Carlson is dangerous because he has a cultlike following who believe his nightly rants. I would love to see the Murdochs put decency above dollars and remove him from the airwaves. … But it’s important to remember what Carlson is: nothing more than an outrage machine. What he offers is not political commentary. It’s Fox-approved nonsense meant to juice ratings — and it works. …Don’t take my word for it. In 2020, Fox’s own lawyers successfully made the case in court that Carlson shouldn’t be taken seriously. And a Trump-appointed federal judge agreed.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, like Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott and others watch Trump carefully trying to learn his dark arts. They emulate his blood lust and joyful sadism at causing pain and creating havoc, but, like the sorcerer’s apprentice, they just can’t conjure up his dark magic.