Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump appeared to be at odds.
Carlson did something no one thought possible.
Tucker Carlson said three words about Donald Trump that had everyone talking.
Conservatives argued the real goal of Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News was really to embarrass Fox News.
Nominally the lawsuit is about Fox News airing claims by Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell that the company’s voting machines switched votes during the election.
But critics point to text messages Dominion obtained that were included in court filings that had nothing to do with what was said about voting machines and instead exposed embarrassing statements by the network’s primetime hosts.
Two messages of this variety came from Carlson where Carlson appeared to express his frustration with Trump after January 6.
“I hate him [Trump] passionately,” Carlson texted one of his show’s producers.
“We are very very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights, I truly can’t wait,” Carlson texted before January 6.
Carlson offered his first comments on this subject in an interview with the late Rush Limbaugh’s producer Bo Snerdley’s WABC 770 AM talk show.
In the interview Carlson told Snerdley, “I love Trump,” and explained that he spent four years defending Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” agenda.
Carlson revealed that he told Trump the same thing after Trump called him about the text messages.
“Oh, let’s see. I spent four years defending his policies and I — I’m going to defend them again tonight. And actually, and I’m pretty straightforward, I’m — I love Trump. Like, as a person, I think Trump is funny and insightful. And I said this to Trump when he called me, you know, all wounded about those texts. That was a moment in time where I was absolutely infuriated,” Carlson told Snerdley.
Carlson added that he strongly objected to the manner in which Dominion obtained the text messages as Carlson believes — as do legal experts — that the Dominion lawsuit is an attack on the First Amendment freedom of the press that never should have been allowed to proceed.
“And I think this is in the text — and those were all grabbed completely illegitimately, in my opinion, in this court case, which I guess I’m not allowed to talk about, but I’m enraged that my private texts were pulled,” Carlson continued.
Carlson explained that those text messages came at a moment of great frustration after Carlson went on the air with claims provided to him by the Trump campaign listing multiple dead voters in Georgia.
It turned out the voters were alive and Carlson was outraged by the Trump campaign’s incompetence.
“But those — those particular texts were pulled at exactly — at the moment where I was texting with one of my producers because some idiot on the Trump campaign had sent us the name of these dead voters who had voted. And we went and I repeated them on air, and it turns out some of them were alive,” Carlson continued.
The corporate media hoped that Carlson’s text messages would drive a wedge between him and Trump.
But in reality, Trump and Carlson discussed the text messages and they turned into a giant nothing burger.