Donald Trump's interview with Tucker Carlson successfully counter-programs RNC debate

 August 25, 2023

Former President Donald Trump's interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson was a massive success and Trump's enemies at the RNC are furious.

Trump caused chaos when he opted not to appear in the first Republican debate in order to deny extra publicity to his opponents who he has double digit leads on. Others also speculated it was his way of giving a metaphorical middle finger to the RNC and Fox News.

As for Carlson, the chance to interview the former President while his ex-coworkers were stuck with the rest of the Republican field was a moment for him to rise above his old employers and show them that they messed up.

When the numbers came in, the gap between Trump's interview with Carlson and the RNC debate wasn't even close.

Dominating victory

Fox News reported that the RNC's first debate brought in 13 million viewers which sound like a good haul. Millions of Americans tuning in to hear what the variety of candidates have to say.

However, Trump's 46-minute interview with Tucker Carlson, which was posted to Twitter, brought in an astounding 230 million views. Of course, this was over a longer time span from Wednesday evening to Thursday afternoon.

Regardless, the former President and one of the most popular conservatives in America brought in nearly a quarter of a billion views.

In a post to Truth Social, Trump bragged saying, "231,000,000 Views, and still counting. The Biggest Video on Social Media, EVER, more than double the Super Bowl!"

The interview also brought in 193,000 reposts and liked 664,000 times. There is no doubt that this was one of the biggest events of the election so far and further reinforces the influence that Trump and Carlson have.

As it turns out, there truly is no candidate outside of Trump that is truly holding the attention of the American people.

Race effectively settled

Donald Trump has been leading the other candidates by double digits for weeks and this debate did nothing to change that balance.

While the media praised Nikki Haley's performance in the debate, its done little to get her into the conversation about who has any chance of unseating Donald Trump.

The only other candidate who consistently gets into double digit support rates is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Outside of him, everyone else is almost a non-factor on a given day.

Trump's opponents are running out of time and opportunities to make a difference in this race. It speaks volumes that none of these candidates can draw more support or attention than a man who has been jailed because of a political hit job.

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