Donald Trump said weeks ago he would not attend the Fox News presidential debate on Aug. 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
On Friday he announced he will instead do an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson. It will be live-streamed on X, the site formerly known as Twitter.
In other words, Trump may have just destroyed the Republican debate’s ratings, and Carlson gave Fox News the finger in the process.
Carlson was fired by Fox News earlier this year for his reporting on the Dominion Voting Systems scandals, which ended with a settlement between Fox and Dominion that totaled $787 million to close out the defamation lawsuit. After taking a brief vacation, Carlson has built a following of millions on Twitter, where he now does his interviews.
Trump wrote today, “As everyone is aware, my Poll numbers, over a ‘wonderful’ field of Republican candidates, are extraordinary. In fact, I am leading the runner up, whoever that may now be, by more than 50 Points. Reagan didn’t do it, and neither did others. People know my Record, one of the BEST EVER, so why would I Debate? I’M YOUR MAN.”
Although the announcement was reported by the New York Times, it was not reported by Fox News as of Must Read Alaska publication time.
On Nov. 2, 2020, Carlson wrote about why Americans love Donald Trump so much, in an endorsement of Trump that was published at Fox News:
“They love Donald Trump because no one else loves them. The country they built, the country their ancestors fought for over hundreds of years, has left them to die in unfashionable little towns, mocked and despised by the sneering halfwits with finance degrees — but no actual skills — who seem to run everything all of a sudden.
“Whatever Donald Trump’s faults, he is better than the rest of the people in charge. At least he doesn’t hate them for their weakness. Donald Trump, in other words, is and has always been a living indictment of the people who run this country. That was true four years ago when he came out of nowhere to win the presidency. And it’s every bit as true right now, maybe even more true than it’s ever been. It will remain true regardless of whether Donald Trump wins reelection.
“Trump rose because they failed. It’s as simple as that. If the people in charge had done a halfway decent job with the country they inherited, if they cared about anything other than themselves, even for just a moment, Donald Trump would still be hosting ‘”‘Celebrity Apprentice.’ But they didn’t. Instead, they were incompetent and narcissistic and cruel and relentlessly dishonest. They wrecked what they didn’t build, and they lied about it. They hurt anyone who told the truth about what they were doing. That’s all true. We all watched.
“America is still a great country, the best in the world, but our ruling class is disgusting. A vote for Trump is a vote against them,” Carlson wrote.