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Trump May Counter First GOP Debate And Do Interview With Tucker Carlson

Former President Donald Trump has proposed a one-on-one interview with Tucker Carlson on the same night as the first Republican primary debate, scheduled for August 23.

To date, seven candidates have fulfilled the criteria of 40,000 unique donors with at least 200 unique contributors from 20 or more states and territories and must also score higher than 1% in at least two national polls.

These individuals include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, Senator Tim Scott, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Reports from Vanity Fair suggest that Trump is likely to counterprogram the GOP primary debate by appearing on Carlson’s popular Twitter show.

“The question, of course, is how a ratings-obsessed Trump would counterprogram a prime-time Fox debate that is sure to draw a significant cable news audience and feature such 2024 challengers as Ron DeSantis. One idea Trump is mulling is to sit for an interview with Tucker Carlson on his Twitter show at the same time as the debate, two sources briefed on the discussions said. According to one source, Trump recently reached out to Carlson and asked if Carlson would do the interview, but no decisions have been made,” Vanity Fair reported.

The outlet added:

A Trump-Tucker Twitter show—say that three times fast!—could benefit both Trump and Carlson. For Trump, who is staring down a probable second federal indictment—courtesy of special counsel Jack Smith’s January 6 probe—Carlson would likely be a much friendlier interviewer than Fox’s chosen debate moderators, Bret Baier, and Martha MacCallum.

For Carlson, landing a Trump interview on the night of a Fox debate would demonstrate his growing conservative media power as he reportedly plans to launch his own streaming-based company. According to the source, investors have already told the ex-Fox anchor that they would contribute $100 million to his venture. Carlson and his business partner, Daily Caller co-founder Neil Patel, are currently reviewing trademarks to find an available name for the company, the source said.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel issued a stern warning to former President Trump last week in regards to his reported intention of skipping the first GOP presidential debate next month.

During an appearance on Fox News, McDaniel expressed her belief that it would be a mistake for Trump not to attend the event, which is scheduled to take place in Milwaukee, Wis. and will be hosted by Fox.

Trump has suggested that he may not only skip the first debate but also sit out the second one as well and has put forth plans for holding his own event simultaneously.

In a recent interview with host Maria Bartiromo on Fox News, Trump gave his reasons for refusing to enter the debate stage facing off against other primary opponents.

“I want to begin with the state of play of this election, with now the election over a year away and the first GOP primary debate a month or so away. Will you be on that stage? Are you participating in the upcoming debate?” the host said.

“Well, it’s a — quite an easy question normally. Ronald Reagan didn’t do it, and a lot of other people didn’t do it. When you have a big lead, you don’t do it,” the former president said.

“And we have a lead of 50 and 60 points in some cases, and some of these people are at zero,” he added.

“And so you’re leading people by 50 and 60 points, and you say, why would you be doing a debate? It’s not — it’s actually not fair. Why would you let somebody that’s at zero or at one or two or three be popping you with questions?” Trump noted further.

“Well, I mean, do you see any risk that, if you don’t show up, Ron DeSantis has a good night, and it cuts into your lead?” the host said.

“Or somebody else has a good night and cuts into his lead because that’s what’s happening. He’s going down, and a couple of them are going up,” Trump said in response.

“I think Vivek has done a very good job, frankly. I think some others have done a good job. So I haven’t really made up my mind,” he added, referencing fellow GOP candidate and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.

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6 Responses

  1. My question is don’t people know or wonder about Vivek Ramaswamy’s connection to
    George Soros who paid his way thru College?

  2. I think Trump is showing that he’s in this for himself not the good of the country, I voted for him before, but don’t think I will this time, he’s showing his narcissistic side and I don’t know if that would be good for this country. Of course if he’s the choice between he and Biden he would definitely get my vote. Biden has done enough damage to this country.

  3. I think President Trump’s plan is a good idea, FOX is an anti-Trump news program with many never Trumpers and the debate would be against him anyway.

  4. Trump is in for a fall. His name calling has cut into his once following Only the blind will follow him into being a double loser. I voted him in 2020 and though he was a good president . However he has lost my vote and many of the friends I have talked to lately. He has become a bloviator this time around. I knew some important info about what the dems were planning 6 weeks before the last voting day . When I called the RNC office in DC I was blone off. SO they lost and I was right .Well, they will lose again if he is the Representative for the Repubs.

  5. If President Ronald Regan did it, then President Donald Trump should follow his lead. Remember, Reagan understood the pulse of the people and he lost only two states in the election. I hope Mr. Trump does just that, skipping the first debate. Smart political move.

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