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Donald Trump announced that Tucker Carlson is being considered as a potential vice presidential candidate.
During an interview on the conservative podcast The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show, the ex-president was questioned about the possibility of having Carlson as a potential running mate.
“Oh wow,” replied Mr Trump before talking about how his interview with the former Fox News host “broke every record in history”.
“I believe it has now reached a total of 300 million individuals,” he stated.
“But it was for that evening over 207 million, it then got to 275 [million] within a day or two and the biggest ever was Oprah’s interview with Michael Jackson, which was 125 million.” The former president did not provide any evidence to back his claims.
The number of people who watched the interview on traditional television was compared by Mr. Trump to the number of views it received on X/Twitter. These views are tallied whenever the post appears on someone’s timeline.
When asked again for a straightforward response, Mr. Trump replied, “I have a lot of admiration for Tucker! I suppose I would, I believe I have said that I would.”
He commended the previous news anchor for possessing “excellent practical judgement.” He noted that they both shared this characteristic.
He stated that when people label us as conservative, it’s not because we actually are, but because we use common sense.
Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson have a history full of intense events.
A rift between them was publicized when leaked private messages from Carlson showed that he harbored animosity towards the ex-president, despite consistently defending him on his show during his time in office and afterwards.
The communications were disclosed following a legal case brought by Dominion Voting Systems against Fox News, which was ultimately resolved for $787 million.
Carlson later retracted the statements made in the text messages.
President Trump also praised Carlson, stating that he had been “terrific” to him.
“I am taken aback. He spoke highly of Carlson’s departure from Fox News, stating that he is a great person, a great man, and incredibly talented with impressive ratings.”
The leading contender for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential race, Mr. Trump, has declined to take part in the party’s primary debates and has chosen not to participate in the third debate this Wednesday.
During the initial debate, he opted to broadcast a previously recorded interview with Carlson on X.