Despite some positive words from former President Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson waved off any notion of running as his vice president in the 2024 election.
Amid reports that former first lady Melania Trump has allegedly been pressing the idea of the former Fox News host as Trump’s running mate, Carlson spoke of the possibility in an appearance on SiriusXM’s “The Megyn Kelly Show” on Monday.
Asked by host Megyn Kelly about the prospect, Carlson found it “unimaginable” though he did not seem to shut the door entirely on the idea of public office while he sang the praises of the former president.
Trump seemed open to the idea during a discussion on the “Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.”
“I like Tucker a lot. I guess I would. I think I’d say I would because he’s got great common sense,” he said.
On Monday, Carlson addressed the thought when asked about it by his former Fox News colleague.
“Well, it’s just– it’s just so unimaginable,” he told Kelly. “I mean, I haven’t led a life that prepares a person for politics. As I said, I don’t think I have any like horrible skeletons or anything. It’s not that, it’s just that that’s not how my brain works. I’ve never done anything like that. I can’t imagine spending time with politicians.”
“I’m a total sucker for Trump, I think he’s– you know, personally I get along with Trump really well. The closer I am physically to Trump, like if I’m with him in the room, I always love Trump and I think it’s impossible not to, and you know the experience. He’s just charming,” he continued.
Carlson went on in his praise for Trump while reiterating that he does not think he is personally “suited” for office.
“And he’s funny as hell, and he’s brave in his way, I think. So I really appreciate that and I agree fundamentally with his views. You know, maybe fewer wars, maybe have a border, like those are not crazy things and I support them, and I’m appalled and terrified by the use of the DOJ to rig an election, which is what’s happening now, so all those factors make me kind of psyched to vote for Trump,” he said. “But serving in politics with anybody, I mean that’s just– that’s a– it’s a lot for me to think about because I just don’t think I’m really suited for that. Would anyone want to see a guy like me run for office?”
“Yes!” Kelly responded.
“You’re not gonna end your life without having been probably president, maybe vice president,” she added.
Carlson also spoke about the prosecution of the former president and warned that the ongoing attacks against Trump could lead to violence. Though Trump has pleaded not guilty to over 90 charges against him, if he is convicted and imprisoned, Kelly predicted “there is no way the Trump base is not going to be beside itself with anger at that level of deprivation of being able to simply vote for the candidate of choice.”
“If you leave people no alternative, then what do you think is gonna happen?” Carlson said. “I mean, the whole point of electoral democracy is that it’s a pressure relief valve that takes people who are very frustrated with the way things are going and gives them a way to express themselves, have their desires heard and ultimately their will done, to be represented in a peaceful way.”
“And you’re gonna get violence if you keep this sh-t up. That’s just the truth. And I’m very upset about that. I don’t want that to happen. I think the counter-violence will be much more extreme than the violence, but any rational person can see what’s coming,” he added. “So, they have to stop this. The charges against Trump are not real. They’re not even for serious crimes.”