“Tucker has taken Trump’s place as the leader of the right, as a generator of outrage as a starter of fire, and it all takes place on Fox, just as the Trump campaign did,” Stelter said. “Every day, Carlson drops bombs, makes memes online, offends millions and also delights millions of others, taking advantage of white male anger and resentment, causing distrust of big technologies and the media, usually he runs, never apologizing for anything, and the Republican Party’s agenda is set. It sounds like a recently retired president, doesn’t it? “
“Lie strategically and carefully,” Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple said of Carlson.
These “us against them” stories reflect the conversations Trump had with his supporters during his presidency.
In February 2020, the Washington Post published an opinion piece entitled, “Trump’s leadership proved he was a funny genius. Democrats should worry.” And in 2018, Seth Meyers, host of the nightly talk show, called Trump a “fantastic artist.”
Similarly, April Ryan, a White House correspondent for The Grio, said Tucker “is not a news reporter; he’s an animator.”
Tucker knows what he’s doing, CNN political commentator SE Cupp told Stelter.
“I can’t decide if it’s the Trump of the rich man or the Trump of the poor,” he said. “In a way, he’s smarter than Trump.”
“The Murdochs are relieved that the Republican Party no longer wants to address the bottom line and politics and just wants to live in cultural wars,” Cupp said.