Tucker Carlson will be 2024 GOP frontrunner, says Lincoln Project’s co-founder

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The 2020 presidential race may not officially have been decided but there seems to be some consensus on who the Republican nominee will be in the 2024 bid for the White House.

The name of Fox News host Tucker Carlson began circulating as a likely candidate for 2024 as the Lincoln Project’s co-founder declared he could be a “GOP frontrunner” in that future race. Outspoken Trump critic, Steve Schmidt, made his observation during an appearance on MSNBC Friday.

Schmidt was asked on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” if he thought “Trumpism” would continue to be a factor even if he does not secure the re-election.

“Oh, absolutely. Look, we have almost 48 percent of this country that’s voted for a statist authoritarian movement with fascistic markers hostile to American democracy, to the rule of law that even rates an individual, that’s a cult of personality,” the MSNBC contributor, and co-founder of anti-Trump The Lincoln Project, said.

“I think that Tucker Carlson is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2024,” Schmidt added.

“What you are going to see is every Republican candidate will kowtow to the conspiracy that Trump was stabbed in the back by unseen malicious forces of the deep state, that the election was stolen, that it’s illegitimate forever. Forever,” he continued.

“More than a majority of the Republican party will believe this was an illegitimate election because they have been poisoned by the [Rupert] Murdoch operation, by OAN, by Sinclair, by the toxic sludge of sewage and crap and disinformation and lies that flows on Facebook into the screens of the American people. And so this is a long-term fight,” said Schmidt, a former top aide on the failed 2008 presidential campaign of the late Sen. John McCain.

The possibility of Carlson running for an elected office has been brought up by others besides Schmidt, who recently quipped that he could run for Senate against Utah Republican Mike Lee in 2022. A Lee campaign spokesperson simply responded with an “LOL” to the possible challenge, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

“Republican strategists, conservative commentators, and former Trump campaign and administration officials are buzzing about Carlson as the next-generation leader of Donald Trump’s movement — with many believing he would be an immediate frontrunner in a Republican primary,” Politico reported this summer, citing 16 prominent Republicans who were interviewed on the possibility.

“Let me put it this way: If [Democratic presidential nominee Joe] Biden wins and Tucker decided to run, he’d be the nominee,” Trump’s former aide Sam Nunberg said, though he noted that it is unlikely since Carlson is “so disgusted with politicians.”

“If he has political ambitions, he has an opening. He has a following and a taste for controversy. He’s smart, quick on his feet and personable. Political experience matters less than it once did,” Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review, said. “No one can dismiss this and say it’s completely implausible.”

The 51-year-old Fox News host has not commented on the speculation, or even floated the idea of any political aspirations, as “Tucker Carlson Tonight” continues to break viewership records. But the idea took on a life of its own on social media.

 

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