On Monday, a reporter with The New York Times alleged that she had heard rumors that former President Donald Trump could choose Tucker Carlson as his running mate in the 2024 election.
Political correspondent Maggie Haberman spoke in an interview on “The Dispatch Podcast” with host Jamie Weinstein saying that Trump was planning to assemble loyalists for a potential administration, should he win the upcoming presidential election.
Weinstein then asked her about the rumors that Trump could pick Carlson, an independent journalist and co-founder of the Daily Caller and Daily Caller News Foundation, as his running mate.
“It’s a real thing that I am hearing as a possibility,” Haberman responded. “The likelihood of it, I don’t know. I think there will be a pretty professionalized vetting process, honestly. I know that might sound unbelievable based on what we’ve seen from Trump historically, but Trump’s current political team is the best — at least as a non-incumbent — that he’s had, and there’s just a different level of control.”
Carlson was a former host on Fox News, hosting the wildly successful “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and amassing huge ratings. However, the network announced his departure on April 27, just weeks after he aired footage of the Jan. 6 Capitol incident and amid the lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems, accusing him of “airing false election claims and conspiracy theories in the wake of the 2020 presidential election.”
After his departure, the ratings for the replacement show, “Fox News at Night,” declined until the network announced that Jesse Watters would move his show from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to replace Carlson’s show.
“The risk with Tucker Carlson and Trump is that Tucker Carlson’s a very big star in his own right, and I’m not sure how Trump would contend with that,” Haberman said.
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