Tucker Carlson surprisingly wondered – aloud – on Thursday night’s program if President Trump has any intention of winning re-election in 2020.
The Fox News host asked the question during a segment where he dissected what such a scenario would look like, and if Trump would reap any benefits. (The Week)
In this “hypothetical” scenario, Carlson ran through a number of things Trump could do so that his base would turn on him — all of which line up with actual Trump administration actions or reported proposals. He noted, for example, that if Trump wanted to lose, he could raise gas taxes, something the administration is reportedly considering and an idea that Carlson said is “so mindless and counterproductive there’s literally no way you could get re-elected after doing it.” Later, he told Trump he should definitely “go with the gas tax” if he secretly wants “to retire early” and is “really sick of the job.”
Proposing cuts to Medicare and E-Verify would also be ways Trump could undermine his re-election chances, Carlson argued, as well as continuing “our pointless military intervention in Syria.” These, again, are not hypothetical scenarios at all.
“If the president did all that, the message would be very clear: he has no idea what he ran on in 2016,” Carlson said. “He just wants out.”
Carlson had been critical of Trump before. In December, he complained about the president’s performance in an interview with “Die Weltwoche,” one of Switzerland’s leading news magazines.