“Tucker took Trump’s place as a right-wing leader, as a generator of outrage as a fire starter, and everything is happening on Fox, just like the Trump campaign,” Stelter said. “Every day Carlson throws bombs, creates memes online, offending millions of people, delighting millions of others as well, tapping into the rage and resentment of white men, stoking mistrust of big technology and the media, usually running the talk, never apologizing for anything and setting the GOP agenda. Sounds like a recently retired president, right? “
“He lies strategically and carefully,” Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple said of Carlson.
These “us versus them” stories mirror the conversations Trump had with his supporters during his presidency.
In February 2020, the Washington Post ran an opinion piece titled “Trump’s Speech Proved He is a Genius Artist. Democrats should be concerned ”. And in 2018, late-night talk show host Seth Meyers called Trump a “fantastic artist.”
Likewise, April Ryan, White House correspondent for The Grio, said Tucker was “not a journalist, he’s an artist.”
Tucker knows what he’s doing, CNN political commentator SE Cupp told Stelter.
“I can’t decide if he’s the rich man’s Trump or the poor man’s Trump,” she said. “In a way, he’s smarter than Trump.”
“The Murdochs are relieved that the GOP no longer wants to tackle substance and politics and just wants to live in culture wars,” Cupp said.
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