Fox News host Tucker Carlson shredded liberal pollster Frank Luntz in his opening monologue on Friday, calling him a “conventional liberal” who the Republican Party looks to for answers when “he has no business advising the GOP.”
“Year after year on issue after issue, the leadership of the Republican party fails to represent its voters,” he noted on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
He contended that part of the reason for that is that Luntz is “the Republican Party’s longest-serving message man.” He has close ties to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy out of California as well and, according to Carlson, that adds to his influence within the GOP, “dressing up” his own opinions in what he described as “social science.”
“He’ll conduct something called a ‘focus group,’ that’s a moderated conversation between several people that has, in fact, no actual relevance to anything. It’s just random people yammering. Your 90-second exchange with the UPS guy this morning meant more than a Frank Luntz focus group,” the Fox News host said.
“Yet purely on the basis of that irrelevant conversation, Luntz manages to make pronouncements about the country and how the Republican Party should respond to it. Most of those pronouncements, as you can imagine, tend to comport perfectly with his own views, as well as with the views of Google executives,” Carlson accusingly stated.
(Video Clip: Fox News)
Many of Luntz’s alleged clients are left-leaning big corporations and yet he frequently speaks at Republican events, and conservatives turn to him for wisdom on current polls and the state of politics. His talking points are very liberal in nature and sound far more like they come from the Democratic Party than the GOP. He has also appeared to be anti-Trump at times.
Carlson knocked Luntz for his comments about Trump supporters and immigration. He also went after him for his seemingly anti-Second Amendment stance on guns, and his views on law and order.
In a clip shared by Carlson, Luntz told Newsmax that: “They [Trump voters] believe in immigrants and immigration. They are pro-immigration and honestly, I was a little surprised because of what I see reported in the media. Trump supporters support the DREAM Act. They support the ability of these people, who were brought here through no fault of their own, [having] the ability to earn the path to citizenship … We need these people, we actually have an economy that’s expanding, that’s growing.”
Luntz further stated on gun control, speaking with CBS in another clip: “The public wants guns out of the schools, not in the schools. And they’re not asking for a security official or someone else. I don’t think the NRA is listening, I don’t think that they understand. Most Americans would protect [their] Second Amendment rights and yet agree with the idea not every human being should own a gun. Not every gun should be available at any time, anywhere for anyone.”
“Who does that sound like? It sounds a lot like Joe Biden, a man Frank Luntz has been friends with for a long time,” Carlson pointed out.
And on law and order, Luntz was heard saying: “Well I was critical that he [Trump] used the words law and order. He’s assuming that we have the same politics as 1968 … Donald Trump doesn’t realize that you can govern in a strong, stable, successful way and still use language that is warm and kind and empathetic.”
Carlson then slammed Luntz over his shilling for Big Business, claiming he has been “toadying for big corporations” such as Purdue Pharma, the maker of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin which has been blamed for furthering the opioid epidemic.
More corporate execs are realizing that treating your employees (and the world at large) well is very good for business.@Delta employees made them the top-rated airline last year – that’s something that only good workers can do, not shareholders.
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) January 21, 2020
“For decades, Frank Luntz has told elected Republicans what to say and precisely how to say it. Luntz massages language for politicians,” Carlson intoned.
“He does it now. Just this week, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the NRCC, invited Luntz to Florida for its so-called ‘policy summit,’ where he was asked to weigh in on the ‘hot topics.’ Luntz’s job was to tell Republicans – officeholders, people with power – how to think about the most important issues of the day. We didn’t hear the presentation, but there’s no doubt it was compelling,” the Fox News host quipped.
“Frank Luntz is a smooth salesman,” he added. “That why he’s been around for a while. The problem with Frank Luntz is that his views, his personal views, are very different from those of your average Republican voter.”
“Frank Luntz is a conventional liberal. His main clients are left-wing corporations like Google. When Frank Luntz gives advice to congressional Republicans, he’s got Google’s perspective in mind. That’s a huge problem,” Carlson posited.
Frank Luntz is as out of touch with Republican voters as the Republican Party.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) May 1, 2021
I have stated many times before that I never trusted Frank Luntz. I met it then and I mean it now. He is a snake and a shill for the Democrats and he is advising the Republican Party leaders? So what’s wrong with this picture? He also denounced President Trump.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) May 1, 2021
“This is the guy Republican leaders went to just this week for, quote, ‘messaging guidance on hot topics.’ And you wonder why you no longer recognize the party that you vote for,” he concluded.
Luntz snarked back in a now-deleted tweet, saying, “That explains all the angry, misspelled messages in my inbox tonight.”
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