Tucker Carlson for President?

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Tucker Carlson is officially out! Yes, if you haven’t heard, America’s most-watched cable news host has left Fox News – and no, it wasn’t a voluntary departure. The news was announced Monday, with Carlson himself seeming very surprised by it all, as I am sure you are.

Whatever the reason, I’m sure it will come out in the days to come. For now, however, everyone is left to speculate.

Of course, we are all speculating on what he will do next as well.

And for some, the most obvious idea is for him to throw in his hat for the Presidency of the United States.

Yes, some are saying he should run for president in 2024.

According to The Daily Wire co-CEO Jeremy Boreing, whatever Carlson chooses to do, “he’ll succeed.” And “if that something is running for president, the entire game just changed.”

Now, to be clear, this isn’t the first time it has been suggested that Tucker Carlson run for president. Back in 2020, no small number of his supporters rumored that it was a good idea then. In fact, according to Politico at the time, the emerging consensus” was that if Carlson did run, he would immediately become a top contender.

Of course, he was still on good terms with Fox News then, coming in as the most-watched cable program in US history. According to Business Insider, in the first quarter of 2020, Carlson brought a whopping 4.5 million viewers on average to the network.

However, with a recent booting from Fox, the likelihood of a Carlson run seems slightly higher.

And it seems that many on social media would support such an idea wholeheartedly, both with him being the headlining name on the ticket or a running mate.

Some suggest he take on both Trump and DeSantis, saying they currently support one or the other but would “jump ship” should Carlson throw his hat in the ring. Others say they would love to see Carlson join either Trump or DeSantis on the Republican ticket.

But if you know much about Carlson, you know there’s a chance he won’t run as a Republican. Over the years, Carlson has made it no secret that he isn’t very fond of the Republican Party. And so, instead, there’s a higher likelihood that he may choose to run as an independent.

Of course, that comes with its own set of problems, seeing as it doesn’t have the party base and, therefore, near the support the Republican Party could offer him. This could lead him to make the same decision Trump did, to join the party later to ensure a win, even though not all of his ideals align with agenda talking points.

Speaking of his ideals, let’s just say a Carlson presidency wouldn’t quite look like a Trump one, although there would be some similarities. Instead of an overtly conservative agenda, Carlson would likely choose a much more populist-motivated one.

Basically, it means he would be doing everything based on what the American people and families need or want.

Take his opinion of automation, for instance. In 2018, during an interview with Ben Shapiro, Carlson noted that he would, without a doubt, be for banning or restricting automation in a number of industries, such as trucking.

Why? Because it would save American jobs. In fact, he says he would ban the Department of Transportation from allowing driverless trucks on the road. And all because “driving for a living is the single most common job for high school educated men in this country in all 50 states.”

And any job that is common to the American people is needed. It’s necessary for the economy to remain capitalistic. And it’s required to keep families together.

As Carlson wrote in a 2019 editorial, “If you want to put America first, you’ve got to put its families first.”

No wonder so many would be for a Carlson run.