Over the weekend, Tucker Carlson, the Fox News Channel host, refused to endorse either former President Donald Trump or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) as the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential candidate.
That’s not because Carlson is unhappy with these two candidates. On the contrary, in fact.
“I’m not endorsing anybody”
Carlson’s comments come during the Turning Point USA’s Americafest event that he participated in over the weekend.
“With the 2022 [sic] Republican primary election happening soon, who do you plan to support: Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis?” an audience member named Joshua asked Carlson.
Carlson sarcastically responded, “Who am I going to support? Well, Joshua, as you’ve notice, my endorsement means a lot to American voters.” Carlson, here, starts laughing, presumably at the absurdity of his last statement as evidenced by recent elections.
“I mean, let’s be honest: who cares what I think,” Carlson continued. “I’m not endorsing anybody. I have no idea what’s going to happen in the Republican primary.”
Carlson praises DeSantis
Carlson went on to praise DeSantis for the work that he has done in Florida.
“I spend a lot of time in Florida, and I think Ron DeSantis has done an unbelievable job – and, I mean that,” Carlson said. “I don’t know DeSantis that well, but, let me put it this way: people move to Florida because he’s the governor.”
I’ve lived in a lot of states – I grew up in California; I’ve lived in D.C., Rhode Island, Arkansas, – I’ve lived in this country for over 50 years. I know it pretty well. And, I’ve never lived in a state where people unbidden at dinner are like, “I’m really glad we have our governor.”
He said that he is “so impressed by that.”
Carlson also praises Trump
Carlson went on to say that he is “so grateful” that Trump ran for the presidency in 2016 and asked the sorts of “questions no one around him could answer.”
I actually love Donald Trump, as a guy. He’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever talked to in my life. I think there are plenty of things to criticize about Trump, I mean, he’s a human being. But the idea that he’s like personally some monster, is like absurd. It’s just another lie. They always tell the opposite of the truth. Trump is totally charming and engaging and fun and interesting.
He continued by praising Trump for his “unbelievable” “insights into people.” And, Carlson said, “There’s so much I like about Trump, and fundamentally, I agree with him. On the big things. On immigration, foreign policy, I strongly agree with him.”
Carlson concluded his answer by describing the Trump-DeSantis matchup as “two forces are moving toward one another at high speed.” He said that he has “no freaking idea” what is going to happen.