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Tucker Carlson said he made “a huge mistake” when he decided to get involved in American politics in November 2022, noting that he doesn’t plan to weigh in on the upcoming Republican or Democratic primaries.
Carlson gave his first interview since leaving Fox News during Friday’s episode of Rumble’s “Stay Free With Russell Brand” podcast. When asked by Brand what his relationship now is with former President Donald Trump, Carlson made it clear he won’t be talking about the ins and outs of the 2024 election.
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— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) July 6, 2023
“Well, I love Trump, personally,” Carlson replied. “I mean I made a huge mistake last November in getting involved in American politics. Something I’ve never done before, in making calls [about who was going to win in various states.]”
“And I was wrong on almost every call,” he added. “I’m not a very astute political analyst. I’m not interested in politics. I never have been interested in politics. I’m interested in ideas. I’m interested in people. And so there’s a primary going on in the United States between Trump and a bunch of other people, primarily [Florida Gov.] Ron DeSantis … but others, Vivek Ramaswamy for example.”
“I haven’t said word one about it, don’t plan to,” Carlson continued. “I think looking back on this ten years from now, assuming we’re still around, I think we are going to see Trump’s emergence as the most significant thing to happen in American politics in 100 years because he reoriented the Republican party against the wishes of Republican leaders.”
Tucker Carlson drops pure FIRE on why he loves Trump’s position on Ukraine:
“Trump is the only person… who is saying: ‘Wait a second. You know, why are we supporting an endless war in Ukraine?’”
“And everyone in Washington is wrong, everyone….Trump is right on that question…… pic.twitter.com/NlCxKpt4Kz
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 7, 2023
The former Fox News host explained that when it comes to how he feels about Trump now, it’s the former president’s “foreign policy views,” specifically when it comes to the Ukraine war, that make him stand out from the rest.
He said Trump is the only person with “stature” in the Republican Party who has asked “why are we supporting an endless war in Ukraine,” and he slammed “everyone in Washington” for having the opposite reaction to the war.
Despite his comments about staying out of politics, Carlson later told the host he’s “hoping” both Trump and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is running against President Joe Biden in the Democratic primary, are the ones to get their parties’ nominations, but said that he thinks it’s going to be “tough” for them.