Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson isn’t known for mincing words. And now he’s opening up about his views on President Trump. Those views have caught some of Carlson’s fans by surprise, as he Carlson is one of many who is growing progressively more frustrated with President Trump’s first two years in office.
“I don’t think he’s capable,” he said during an interview on Tuesday with Urs Gehriger, an editor at “Die Weltwoche.”
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Carlson was speaking with Gehriger about his new book, “Ship of fools.” The book, The Washington Post writes, is silent on Trump but comments on his critics.”
That was all the lead in that Gehriger needed to open the conversation with Carlson’s take on Trump. He asked if Carlson believed that Trump had kept his capaign promises, and Carlson answered directly, “No.”
Tucker that is your right feel that way but you are stupid Jackass I well not watch your stupid show ever again that problem why you book trash guest who are a trump hater
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Carlson has lambasted the President before, though not this directly. He had earlier labeled Trump’s criticism of Jeff Sessions a “useless, self-destructive act.”
This time, though, he was more frank with Gehriger. “His chief promises were that he would build the wall, defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare, and he hasn’t done any of those things,” Carlson said.
Does Tucker Carlson not understand there are 3 branches of government and that Trump constantly has to deal with conflict from them?
FOX News is becoming out of touch. https://t.co/fsI4sgXa3k
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“He knows very little about the legislative process, hasn’t learned anything, hasn’t surrounded himself with people that can get it done, hasn’t done all the things you need to do, so it’s mostly his fault that he hasn’t achieved those things,” he added.
"You can’t drain the swamp if you know nothing about hydraulics and engineering, and don’t trouble yourself to hire people who do. I deeply appreciate that Carlson is daring to say, from the Right—and not the Never Trump Right, either." https://t.co/nZhGTcc0JT
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Yet Carlson’s view of Trump may be shifting. He indicated that Trump’s role may not be to get things done, in the conventional sense, but to “begin the conversation about what actually matters.”
He also had some choice words for the Republican party, who he feels is out of touch with most of the country.
WOW Tucker Carlson Said This About Trump And the GOP
ON TRUMP: “He knows very little about the legislative process, hasn’t learned anything”
ON GOP: it “will die” if it doesn’t begin to fairly represent middle-class American voters.https://t.co/GPzkSeniBS
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“The elite in our country is physically separated in a way that’s very unhealthy for a democracy.” He went on to talk about the way rural communities are suffering and infrastructure is crumbling. “If you’re running the country, you should have a sense of that.”
Fox News' Tucker Carlson: Trump breaks promises, doesn’t "understand the system," incapable of "sustained focus" “His chief promises were that he would build the wall, defund planned parenthood, and repeal Obamacare, and he hasn’t done any of those things” https://t.co/amDPIoOgXV
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Gehriger seemed shocked by Carlson’s position.
“He was so tough” on Trump, he told The Post. “He was nobody’s cheerleader. For a person who is so successful on Fox News, I didn’t expect him to be so outspoken.”