Tucker Carlson reportedly made some intriguing comments at the American Principles Project Foundation’s (APP) annual Christmas gala this week. Amidst swirling rumors and a report suggesting Melania Trump’s interest in him as a potential vice-presidential candidate, Carlson’s response was both humorous and telling.
Carlson said that he would consider the role, but it would take nothing short of divine intervention, saying, “God would have to yell at me very loud,” for him to take the VP slot alongside former President Donald Trump in the 2024 election.
Carlson’s remarks come in the wake of widespread speculation about his political ambitions. However, he has consistently shown a lack of interest in transitioning from his established career as a media pundit to a political figure. During the gala, he humorously likened the potential shift to going from “a well-paid street corner schizophrenic to, like, a politician.”
“I have no interest in that,” Tucker Carlson says when a member of the audience presses again whether he’d be Trump’s VP. He gives one lecture to his employees, Tucker adds, “stay in your freaking lane.”
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) December 8, 2023
In a recent interview with Roseanne Barr, Carlson disclosed his staunch support for Trump, especially in light of the 2022 Mar-a-Lago raid.
“I’ve always agreed with Trump’s policies, and I’ve lost friends over it,” Carlson shared. However, he said that it was the controversial raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence that transformed him from a passive supporter to an active one. “That just can’t stand,” he said.
“You cannot allow the regime, the President of the United States, to use the Justice Department to knock the frontrunner out of the race,” Carlson explained. “You can’t do that… So it’s bigger than Trump. It’s bigger than Biden. It’s a question of, do you want to live in a free country with a functioning justice system.”
Axios reported that Melania Trump has been strongly encouraging her husband to consider Carlson for the role of his top aide, arguing that he would be a “powerful onstage extension” to the former President’s camera-ready bravado. The addition of Carlson may also ramp up Melania’s appearances on the campaign trail of which she has only made several so far this year.
Those under Vice-President consideration include U.S. Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH), Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake, and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. Two others who have also made the shortlist are Congressman Byron Donalds (R-FL), appearing with Trump on the campaign trail, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
In November Trump stirred the pot by expressing his openness to considering Carlson for Vice President. During a conversation on “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show,” Trump responded to the suggestion, stating, “I like Tucker a lot. I guess I would consider him. He’s got great common sense.”
While discussing the bold idea, Trump reflected back on his decision to do an interview with Carlson during the first Republican debate—a move that resulted in record-breaking viewership figures.
Trump cited the ratings as evidence of the powerful draw of conservative media voices like Carlson’s. Hosted on Carlson’s show, “Debate Night with Donald J Trump” garnered a staggering 212.3 million impressions. To put this into perspective, when Fox News broke the debate ratings record back in 2015, largely attributed to Trump’s participation, the event peaked at 24 million viewers.