Former President Trump says he’d consider former Fox News host Tucker Carlson as a potential running mate in 2024.
“I like Tucker a lot; I guess I would,” Trump said during an appearance on “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show” this week. “I think I’d say I would, because he’s got great common sense.”
“You know, when they say that you guys are conservative, or I’m conservative — it’s not that we’re conservative, we have common sense. We want to have safe borders. We want to have a wall, because walls work,” he said.
Trump, Carlson and far-right ideas
Carlson is known for circulating far-right ideas into mainstream politics and discourse. He has promoted conspiracy theories on topics such as demographic replacement, the January 6 United States Capitol attack, and Ukrainian bioweapons.
An advocate of Trump, Carlson was described by Politico as “perhaps the highest-profile proponent of ‘Trumpism'” and would criticize Trump when he believed he was straying from that ideology.
His remarks on race, immigration, and women have at times been described as racist and sexist, and provoked advertiser boycotts of Tucker Carlson Tonight.
The show was one of the most-watched United States cable news shows until April 2023, when Fox News dismissed Carlson and canceled Tucker Carlson Tonight, without providing a reason.
In June, he began posting a show on Twitter called Tucker on Twitter, which was rebranded as Tucker on X after the site changed its name.
On the night of the first Republican presidential primary debate, in August, Carlson hosted a wide-ranging interview with Trump on his X program.
The former president has grown increasingly critical of Fox and its corporate ownership in recent months, and was reportedly upset by its decision to pull Carlson off the air earlier this year.
As part of its litigation with Dominion, a trove of internal communications from top hosts at Fox, including Carlson, were made public, showing them bashing Trump and throwing cold water on his false claims of an unfair 2020 election.
“I hate him passionately,” Carlson wrote of Trump in one now widely publicized text message.
Other messages from Carlson showed him using offensive language to describe female executives at Fox and usually racially-charged language when describing his feelings about the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters.
Carlson, once the top-rated cable news host, has repeatedly dismissed questions about if he would consider a run for the presidency himself.
Trump leads the 2024 GOP primary field by a wide margin.