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Trump's Surprise Move: Skipping G.O.P. Debate for Exclusive Tucker Carlson Interview

Trump Bypasses GOP Debate for Exclusive Tucker Carlson Interview

Former President Trump sidesteps GOP debate, opting for an exclusive interview with Tucker Carlson, showcasing his influence and strategic prowess in the Republican landscape.

In a strategic move that sent shockwaves through the political landscape, former President Donald Trump opted out of the first GOP debate, choosing instead to engage in an exclusive interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson. This unexpected counterprogramming maneuver was a testament to Trump’s unorthodox political style and his continued influence within the Republican Party. The interview, available on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), provided little groundbreaking news, but it offered insights into Trump’s perspective on the current political climate.

A Calculated Absence

Trump, who has been a central figure in the Republican Party since his presidency, justified his absence from the debate by citing his commanding lead in recent polls. “You see the polls have come out, I’m leading by 50 and 60 points,” Trump asserted during the interview, “And some of them are at one and zero and two. And I’m saying, ‘Do I sit there for an hour or two hours, whatever it’s going to be, and get harassed by people that shouldn’t even be running for president? Should I be doing that? And a network that isn’t particularly friendly, frankly.'”

This move was clearly a calculated one, as Trump’s decision to bypass the debate demonstrated his willingness to control the narrative surrounding his candidacy and maintain a dominant presence within the GOP.

Candidates’ Loyalty Test

During the GOP debate, a pivotal moment emerged as the eight candidates on stage were asked if they would support Trump as the GOP nominee if he were convicted in any of the four separate cases against him. Six of the candidates, including former Vice President Mike Pence, raised their hands in a show of allegiance to the former president. However, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood apart as the only two candidates who did not pledge their loyalty.

This moment underscored the ongoing power struggle within the Republican Party, as candidates wrestle with their loyalty to Trump and the potential implications of his legal challenges.

Fox News Fallout

Trump’s decision to grant a prime-time interview to Tucker Carlson on the same night as the GOP debate is a significant blow to Fox News, the network that once enjoyed Trump’s unwavering support. Carlson, who previously hosted a popular show on the network, saw his show canceled in April following a lawsuit settlement related to Fox News’ 2020 election coverage.

Court documents from Dominion Voting Systems’ defamation lawsuit against Fox News revealed Carlson’s personal sentiments toward Trump, stating, “I hate him passionately.” Despite this, Trump approached Carlson to conduct the interview on the night of the debate, a testament to their enduring connection and the former president’s desire to maintain his influence within conservative media.

Looking Ahead

As the 2024 presidential race looms on the horizon, Trump offered his perspective during the interview. He opined that if President Biden isn’t the Democrats’ ultimate candidate, “it would be a free-for-all” within the party, suggesting that Vice President Kamala Harris might not necessarily be the nominee.

Trump’s decision to forgo the debate in favor of an exclusive interview with Carlson served as a vivid reminder of his unconventional approach to politics. His continued dominance within the GOP and his influence on the 2024 landscape make him a force to be reckoned with, ensuring that the former president remains at the forefront of American politics for the foreseeable future.


  • Abigail Thomas

    I'm reporter and multimedia producer for WaxMia. Previously I worked as an associate producer at RT News for about 4 years.

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