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Thorner: Fox News’ Tucker Carlson trashes Trump

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By Nancy Thorner - 

Fox News' commentator Tucker Carlson has delivered a verdict on the first two years of the Trump administration and he’s not pleased, according to an interview on Dec. 6, 2018, with Die Weltwoche –  Switzerland's leading German language opinion weekly with a readership of over 400,000 in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.  

Although it has a variety of voices, Fox News Channel has become the outlet most often aligned with the Trump Administration, at least in prime time. Why then did Tucker feel the need to express his true feeling to a publication outside the U.S.?

Highlights of Tucker's interview

During his interview Carlson catalogued a list of grievances and failures regarding Trump’s ability and desire to deliver on anything he pledged during his campaign.

Below are excerpts from Tucker's interview with Die Weltwoche:

Editor Urs Gehriger jump-started the conversation by asking what Carlson thought of Trump’s first two years in office after noting that Carlson's new book, "Ship of Fools," is silent on Trump but comments on his critics, to which Carlson replied that he cannot stand Trump's self-aggrandizement and boasting.  “It’s not my culture, I didn’t grow up like that,” Tucker said, explaining his distaste for boasting. 

When asked whether Trump has kept his promises, the usually quick-witted and long-winded Carlson had just one word: “No.”  “His chief promises were that he would build the wall, defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare, and he hasn’t done any of those things,” Carlson said.

“I’ve come to believe that Trump’s role is not as a conventional president who promises to get certain things achieved to the Congress and then does.”

Not only has Trump failed to come through, Carlson said, he might not even be able to, both due to his own shortcomings and his inability to muster legislators to follow his lead.

“I don’t think he’s capable,” Carlson went on.

“I don’t think he’s capable of sustained focus. I don’t think he understands the system. I don’t think Congress is on his side. I don’t think his own agencies support him.”

While Trump has asked some questions that he thinks needed to be asked, such as: “Why don’t our borders work?” and “What’s the point of NATO?” Carlson said he has done nothing to follow through on them once they have been posed.

As to the editor's question of "Why not," Tucker's response was because legislating is too complex for Trump to grasp. In order to pass legislation, “You really have to understand how it works and you have to be very focused on getting it done, and he knows very little about the legislative process, hasn’t learned anything, and surrounded himself with people that can get it done, hasn’t done all the things you need to do so. It’s mostly his fault that he hasn’t achieved those things." 

Tucker's questionable interview

Why did Tucker feel the need to express his true feelings to a publication outside of the U.S.? What about Carlson's duplicity?  It's somewhat like Obama trashing America when in a foreign country. Of course, Obama also did his share of trashing while he was in the White House.

Didn't Tucker realize that his interview would go public?  In retrospect, might Tucker desire to keep favor with those who believe he is too pro-Trump?  Thorner speculates that Tucker, in granting the interview which many of Tucker's viewers will never hear about, wishes to convey to those uneasy with his pro-Trump rhetoric that how he presents himself to his viewers is at odds with what he really thinks of President Trump. It is evident Fox News is moving more to the Left.  Furthermore, Fox has been critical of Sean Hannity's all-Trump-all-the-time positive rhetoric.

But is Tucker being fair to his viewers?  I thought it was uncalled for, in poor taste, and unfair to Tucker's viewers to express what he really feels about Trump to a foreign media, while portraying just the opposite on his Fox show.

Tucker might at times sound the alarm about China, illegal aliens and the tech despots of the Silicon Valley, but to give his Fox audience the perception that he is with Trump seems a bit two-faced to me, when at the same time he is telling a European publication that he has little respect for Trump.  It seems an act of cowardliness for Tucker to have announced his true feelings for Trump at a venue other than his own Fox cable show.

Trump unjustly criticized

It is true that some might be put off — as is Tucker — by Trump's adultery, his constant boasting, and his frequent boorishness, but for me this is more than balanced by what Trump is trying to do for this nation.  Voters knew that Trump was far from a perfect man when they elected him in 2016. 

In the interview Tucker blames Trump for things that only Congress can initiate. Despite Trump's Herculean efforts to lead this nation, Trump is facing a resistance that is determined to destroy him and his presidency. Trump's promise to build the wall and deal with the influx of illegal immigrants has been stymied by leftist judges; rogue Republicans; the Democratic Socialist party; the deep state, including those in the FBI, CIA, and the Obama holdovers in the Department of  Defense and the Office of the Secretary of State; the mainstream media, and the billionaire money bags of George Soros, Tom Steyer, and the Koch Brothers.  And does Tucker not remember that it was the late John McCain who provided the vote to save Obamacare.  Could Trump control McCain, as one who marched to his own drummer?  

For the first time since Ronald Reagan we have a president who is strong and stands up for America and Americans. The Bush’s loved America, but neither of them had the spine that Donald J. Trump has. Trump has the brains to understand when our country is being taken advantage of and to push back.  And he gets nothing but hatred in return from people on both sides of the aisle.  We should all be on our knees thanking this man for his strength in the face of so much adversity. There is no gratitude.  And it’s so disheartening.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. The Bush’s loved America
    That would be up for debate.
    “It is the sacred principles enshrined in the United Nations charter to which the American people will henceforth pledge their allegiance.”
    President George Bush Feb 1, 1992.

  2. Carlson always has been sort of a poof. Routinely on his show he is cowed by his guests, his only retort a bizarre over the top laugh.
    Carlson obviously does not grasp what Trump likely also did not grasp, and that is the The Chief Executive enacts and enforces the laws Congress passes. Law do not originate in the Executive branch. Trump thought the Republicans would enact what they ran on, repealing Obamacare, a border wall etc. When given the opportunity the Republicans ran from it. No matter how you slice it Trump is still the most Patriotic President we have had since Reagan and likely the most honest.

  3. I admit to being true what you wrote, Chase, but despite G.H. signing Agenda 21 in 1991, I believe both Bushes genuinely loved their country. Nevertheless, both Bushes were globalist who favored policies dictated by the United Nations which were in keeping with what elitists still believe — likewise with presidents Clinton and Obama)– is the proper direction for this nation to take, which explains the hatred that exists for Trump, a nationalist.

  4. I said all last week and I say this now, Bush was a mediocre President. That’s all. Honest eulogy. “Gerald Ford was the greatest President ever,” said no one ever! Bush is in the same category. Reagan really is/or should be credited with any Cold War achievements. This reminds me of back in 2006 when Bob Novak said that Gerald Ford was a mediocre President and the political panel was stunned. How could someone say that in remembrance?! Well, it’s true. It doesn’t mean that he was a bad person or didn’t love the country, but it just means that as President he was mediocre and that’s why he lost by 202 electoral votes. Some mediocre Presidents are much more mediocre than others. Ex. Carter. Some less.

  5. Trump will be presented with his fourth budget and let’s see if he finally vetoes and fights to get a Mexican Border Wall. He has done nothing to change our transexual military culture and after a promising start, his EPA director Scott Pruitt was driven out of town and federal regulations are growing again. Add in no budget cuts and not releasing information on how the Obama administration spied on and tried to derail candidate Trump and I can truly say Trump has failed to fight the “swamp”.
    Even the Rinos wanted a corporate tax cut and judges that don’t legislate from the bench. But when it came to everything else out, Trump has done nothing but talk. Just ask Roy Moore if he really fights for conservatives. Tariffs? I don’t see much difference between globalist Nafta and the recent USMCA that still farms out our national sovereignty to committees dominated by Canada and Mexico.
    Trump is merely better than Hillary and given how pathetic Cruz was in 2016, I guess Trump was the only one who could have won. But let’s be realistic and realize that Trump is out of gas and excuses and will be very fortunate to be reelected, despite the Dems having pygmies like Biden to oppose him. It’s sickening to see the cult of Trump come to conservatives, just like the liberals who defended Obama and Clinton to the death despite their glaring failures. He isn’t worthy to shine Reagan’s shoes. Reagan cut domestic spending and taxes across the board and rebuilt the military despite a Democrat House. We need to stop looking to Trump for leadership and get on with getting rid of the liberals who won in the House this election with true conservatives instead of more Rinos like Peter Roskam.

  6. Nancy, I shall never forgive Bush 43 calling the Minutemen a bunch of vigilantes. Here was a President who deliberately and knowingly broker his oath of office by singing into law the very laws he loudly pronounced as unconstitutional. He also used singing orders to effectively end run the very clear intent of laws Congress passed. I simply do not find that patriotic. 43 also was a man who stabbed his county in the back simply because he had warm memories of the illegal alien household labor his family used as he grew up. Bush 43, once again, openly disparaged patriotic Americans who simply wanted their border respected; a job that Bush was suppose to do.
    In the end, what was the point of Bush 41 in WWII? Personally I would rather speak German than Spanish.

  7. Was Carlson too harsh? Absoluteley!
    But he made some good points. Where is the WALL. That could be passed right now when the GOP controls Congress. We still have ObamaCare although McCain was the real villain here and did it to spite Trump. nevertheless, Trump should have pulled an ole LBJ and forced a couple of more votes out of the Republicans and sealed the deal. Trump did not stay focused enough to get the job done.
    I still strongly support Trump. but he might be a little less defensive and at least ‘hear’ what Carlson has to say.
    It would behoove him, and us, if he did.

  8. I take offense at what Grant Nobel wrote and to a degree with Frank Goudy.
    I don’t think Republicans will do better the next time around. This country is already gone too far toward Socialism with half of the young accepting Socialism. With all the illegals coming into this country, which both Republicans and Democrats want, the demographics are changing and states like Texas, Florida, Arizona and others are now turning Democrat because of the influx of illegals who do vote. Also, Democrats found they could harvest votes to win House seats in many states. This was just a dry run for 2020.
    Trump was the best hope we had, but with Republicans complaining about things Trump didn’t do, many of them beyond Trump’s control like when struck down by liberal justices on immigration, this seems suicidal. Globalism is what is preferred even in the Republican Party. Trump is hated because he stands for nationalism. Fighting back against globalism is almost an impossibility, for the establishment types want to keep their power and control which Trump threatens to take away from them.
    At this point I’m quite upset with all that is being done to lower Trump’s approval so he can be forced out of office. What will the situation be like if this happens? What will Americans have gotten for railing against Trump?
    Things will be far worse. At this point I believe there will never be another Republican president elected and certainly not a conservative one. As in Illinois where there is only one party, the same is basically true at the federal level.
    It was Trump we got, and now Republicans don’t even like or fully support him. What a shame! Republican will only get in the future what they deserve, and that’s total defeat.

  9. Totally agree with you, Nancy. However, I still have faith in the truth. As these young people enter the workforce, start families and begin facing realities, they will understand better the disappointment socialism brings with it.
    They will learn that the better you do in life, the more you can help others, and the fulfillment a life of service offers.
    I do have hope.

  10. Ms. Thorner wrote:
    “Die Weltwoche – Switzerland’s leading German language opinion weekly with a readership of over 400,000 in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria…”
    I have been dealing with and corresponding with German, Austrian and Swiss musical performers and fans, for 8 years now.
    And if Thorner believes that, then she probably believes that the Chicago Sun-Times, the defunct Chicago Daily News and Chicago American, still have 1 million Sunday readers.
    Austrians – and especially Germans – don’t take Swiss papers seriously – and certainly don’t read them.
    With a flaw of this magnitude in her commentary (probably supplied by a Swiss PR person from Die Weltwoche, serious questions might be raised about this editorial piece.
    I like Tucker Carlson – who the left was trying to induce advertisers to boycott.
    No one on FOX or any other news network, is harder-line on illegal immigration, and the left’s attempt to destroy masculinity in the US.

  11. You may believe what you believe, Clint, given that you deem yourself such an authority in knowing that Swiss newspapers are not taken seriously. Why then did Trucker choose to grant an interview to a Swiss newspaper that was so disrespected outside of Switzerland?
    As far as reading newspapers, I read no fake newspapers, and this includes the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.
    Why you are defending Tucker makes no sense to me. On his show he does say the right things to satisfy his viewers, but I for one will never know if Tucker really means what he says.
    Fox News is moving increasingly to the left. To me Tucker is just trying to convey to Fox News that he isn’t really as conservative as his rhetoric depicts him to be on his Fox weekday show.
    As my final thought, Tucker must surely know that his interview went public. Has Tucker ever come out to set the record straight to deny that hisinterview comments were not as they were reported in the Swiss newspaper?

  12. I see no evidence that Carlson is moving to the Left. But he is trying to stake out a very independent position.
    Is FOX moving to the Left. Not certain. but they certainly don’t like Trump- at least the sons of the ole man certainly don’t.