With his provocative and courageous commentary on current events, Tucker Carlson has solidified his status as one of the most popular and significant figures in American conservatism.
A new Zogby poll adds to existing buzz about a potential White House bid by the Fox News host in 2024, the Washington Examiner reported.
The survey of U.S. business leaders finds Carlson doing at least as well as Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) against liberal celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Meghan Markle.
Poll is favorable to Carlson 2024 speculation
One wonders if Carlson, who rails against corporate America on an almost nightly basis, would be flattered by the approval of business leaders.
But the survey is another indication of his potential viability as an electoral candidate. As the most consistent, thorough, and articulate advocate of the conservative base around, Carlson is seen by many as a fitting successor to Trump and an apt leader of the “America First” movement Trump started.
The most popular cable news host, Carlson already has a large following, and he possesses the sine qua non for any would-be successor to Trump: the left perceives him to be a threat. For weeks, the liberal media have been shouting about Carlson seemingly non-stop.
He faced down yet another attempt to cancel his show after making candid comments on demographic change, and his skepticism of the coronavirus vaccine is continuing to drive critics up a wall. He even earned the rare distinction of being singled out by a newly “woke” Pentagon recently.
Carlson campaign rumors stay alive
There’s no question that Carlson, more than almost any figure on the right, “gets it.”
On any given weeknight, Carlson speaks directly to the conservative base on the issues that concern them, from mass immigration to Big Tech censorship, and he is a trenchant critic of a Republican Party that is frequently out of touch with its own voters on these critical matters.
The question is whether Carlson plans to continue in his current role as the GOP’s most powerful critic or challenge the party directly in the political arena.
The field of candidates in 2024 is likely to be crowded, but for now the two contenders receiving the most buzz are Trump and DeSantis, who has garnered praise with actions on COVID lockdowns, critical race theory, and other matters.
Carlson has not given any indications that he plans to run, but his singular importance to the right ensure the rumors are unlikely to dissipate anytime soon.