In a surprising turn of events, conservative media figure Tucker Carlson, known for his previous criticism of former President Donald Trump, recently announced his endorsement of Trump's potential 2024 presidential bid.
Speaking on Roseanne Barr's podcast, Carlson revealed that his shift in support occurred after the raid on Mar-a-Lago last summer, stating that such actions were unacceptable.
Tucker Carlson once texted he hated Trump "passionately." Now he's endorsing him for president:
"I'm voting for Trump, and if they convict him, I will send him the max donations and I will lead protests. That's how I feel," said Carlson. https://t.co/J8ZehfTjwM
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 1, 2023
During the interview, Carlson expressed his commitment to Trump, asserting that he would vote for him and, if convicted, contribute the maximum donations while leading protests against the verdict.
Despite past disagreements, Carlson emphasized that he has consistently supported Trump's policies, even at the cost of losing friendships.
While their relationship appeared amicable during Trump's presidency, text messages disclosed during Dominion Voting Systems' defamation lawsuit against Fox News painted a less favorable picture.
A text from Carlson on Jan. 4, 2021, suggested a desire to minimize coverage of Trump, revealing an underlying tension between the two.
The lawsuit, which accused Fox News of broadcasting false claims about the 2020 election, was settled in April, costing the network $787.5 million and resulting in Carlson's removal from the lineup.
Critics have accused Carlson of downplaying the significance of the Jan. 6, 2021 events when a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. Despite these controversies, Trump, the leading contender for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, has qualified for all Republican debates but has chosen not to participate.
Instead, he opted for a pre-recorded interview with Carlson, posted on X (formerly Twitter) just before the Fox News debate.
In August, Carlson acknowledged the undeniable frontrunner status of Trump in the Republican race, signaling a shift in his public stance towards the former president.
The endorsement further highlights the dynamic and evolving relationships within conservative media and politics.