Fox News’ Tucker Carlson believes “one of the only people” who could bring Democrats together as the crowded primary field heads toward the 2020 nomination is someone who isn’t even running. Yet.
Carlson speculated on Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” about the many telling puzzle pieces lining up that could lead to former first lady Michelle Obama as a 2020 contender, despite her previous contention that she has no plans to run for president.
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The Fox News host noted the addition of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the “claustrophobic” Democratic presidential race, but predicted the billionaire would not be able to “buy the position” because he is “too old, he’s too rich, he’s too pale for the modern Democratic Party.
Carlson told viewers, however, that there could still be some “surprises” on the way for Democrats.
“If you’re wondering who the Democratic nominee will be, don’t bet against Michelle Obama,” he said, pointing to “signs” that her claims of ruling out a presidential run might simply not be true.
“David Axelrod, who is one of the Obamas’ closest and most loyal advisers, has been waging a scorched-earth campaign against Joe Biden for months,” Carlson noted as an example.
The goal is presumably to weaken Obama’s former vice president who is “apparently the front-runner,” Carlson said, noting that Biden has “taken big hits” from Axelrod and that there’s “no chance” that would be allowed without the consent of the Obamas.
“Not only has Obama refused to endorse Biden, he tried to stop Biden from running in the first place,” Carlson said, adding that it is “sad to watch” the Democrat make excuses for why his good friend has not endorsed him.
“If Obama had endorsed Joe Biden the race would be over. Biden would, in effect, be the nominee already,” Carlson contended, suggesting that perhaps the former president hasn’t endorsed Biden because he has “other plans.”
“Obama’s presidential memoir was also supposed to come out this year,” Carlson pointed out.
“Now, its release has been delayed to the middle of the Democratic primaries. In other words, at exactly the moment when Democrats will be thinking deeply about how to beat Donald Trump, America will be talking about the Obamas. Coincidence? Maybe it is. Maybe it’s also a coincidence that Michelle Obama just released yet another book last week, one that will require her, of course, to get on the road and talk to crowds,” he continued.
The former first lady’s disinterest in running is actually “unusual,” Carlson quipped, noting that the “current field is so weak that it’s inviting a lot of new entrants.” But the Democratic Party “is ripping itself apart over race and gender and class,” the Fox News host noted, adding that Michelle Obama is “one of the only people who could unite the party’s warring factions.”
“Could she win a general election?” Carlson wondered.
He went on to note her favorability polling, and that the left would be fed the glowing narratives about Obama by an obedient mainstream media which would “cover” for her until Election Day.
Carlson concluded by pointing to President Trump’s 2016 presidential victory and warning that “unexpected things happen far more often than we imagine they do or that we pretend they do.”
And as far as Michelle Obama’s “categorical” stance against running for president, Carlson cautioned about taking her denials to heart.
“Yeah. That’s what she said. But before you take those words too seriously. Consider the following exchange. This is from January 22nd, 2006,” he said, playing a video clip of former President Obama speaking with the late journalist Tim Russert and emphatically stating he would not be running in 2008.
Russert “went on to thank Senator Obama for his candor,” Carlson said. “Just months after he did that, Barack Obama joined the presidential race. Three years later, almost to the day, he was inaugurated.”
Carlson’s speculation set off a wave of reactions on social media.
#Tucker Talking #MichelleObama as real front runner for a Democratic Nomination. The current crops of candidates SUCK. But Michelle? Why is she qualified for anything. Forced kids to eat “her” healthy lunch? PLEASE! She has NOTHING! #SorryNotSorry @FoxNews
— David Benjamin (@thetoyman1) November 26, 2019
It would be really smart for her to jump in late, she could run on her name recognition and not allow much time for vetting her radical beliefs, as if the media would vet her anyway.
— muskiesarecool (@AMFeld) November 26, 2019
Dems would get out to vote for her.
I’m not saying she’d be a good president. I think she’d have the best shot at winning the election.
— lazarisright (@lazarisright) November 26, 2019
I have been saying the same for months. No. No. No.
— June (@c_a_r_s23) November 26, 2019
Not going to happen ever. Give up winter in Hawaii and Summer in Martha’s vineyard? Not ever gonna happen.
— Deplorable Rocky? ?? (@proudamericanmm) November 26, 2019
Lord have mercy on us!
— Miss DeAnn (@MissKinley3) November 26, 2019
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