Fox News’ newest evening host, Tucker Carlson, faced down an unhappy Karl Rove on Tuesday as the two tussled over Rove’s months of election predictions that missed the mark of what ended up happening on Election Day.
“It’s been a year of pretty bad predictions,” Tucker Carlson said just before he began his interview with Fox News analyst Rove, the man famed as the “architect” of George W. Bush’s two successful electoral wins.
For months before the November 8 election Rove consistently predicted that Donald Trump could not win the White House and that Hillary Clinton would take the key states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, all states that eventually went Trump’s way. On his new Fox show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson quizzed Rove on just what went wrong with those failed predictions.
Initially Rove tried to deflect from his failed predictions by noting that many smart political analyst and pollsters said the same thing he did. But Carlson was not disposed to leave Rove’s deflection lie unanswered.
“My question and I think it’s a really significant one,” Carlson pressed, “is why did nobody call any of this ahead of time and I am including you in this, why did nobody see this coming? Have you taken a moment to ask yourself, how, with all the data in the world at my disposal was I unable to see this?”
Rove congratulated Trump most especially for taking Wisconsin. Rove added that “Republicans like me have tried to win” Wisconsin for years.
But Carlson wasn’t done. “You miscalled it again and again,” he said.
Carlson also disuputed another of Rove’s points. “You told me on election night that it was Paul Ryan that put him over the top,” Carlson said.
Rove explained that Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Congressman, put a million dollars into the Trump campaign in the Badger State.
But Carlson disputed the claim. “Nobody thinks Paul Ryan got him Wisconsin,” Carlson shot back. “It’s a pretty silly claim.”
Carson also noted that economists said that if Trump won the markets would tank and yet since his election the stock markets have soared to new heights.
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