Former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly has scoffed at the idea that Tucker Carlson might run in the 2024 Republican Party primaries.
Newsmax host Eric Bolling was met with several seconds of silence when he asked O’Reilly about the prospect of Carlson throwing his hat into the ring for a presidential run.
“Speechless,” Bolling said on his show, The balance, to break the pause and describe O’Reilly’s response. O’Reilly then said, “Do you want me to answer that, Bolling?” Or is it a fantasy on your part?”
“Look, if Mr. Carlson wants to quit his hugely lucrative job at Fox News and run for president, then more power for him,” O’Reilly said Tuesday.
“But there’s no way in hell that, one, he’ll do it, and two, he’ll succeed.”
There had previously been speculation that Carlson, who had once been Fox News colleagues with O’Reilly, might have a good chance if he considered a run for the White House.
This idea gained traction following a Politico article two years ago about discussions around ‘Carlson 2024’, suggesting that the Fox host – who is a darling of the right – might stand a chance. in the GOP primaries. Carlson dismissed speculation that he was considering a presidential run.
O’Reilly, who quit Fox News in 2017 after a series of sexual misconduct lawsuits, told Newsmax he thinks he’ll back former President Donald Trump to win the GOP primaries if he chooses to run. represent.
He said Trump “wanted to run for president, had enough money to do so, and would be the overwhelming favorite to win if he did.”
Last week, The New York Times reported that Trump would announce a 2024 offer possibly as early as this month. This could help distract from the committee’s damaging revelations on January 6 about the US Capitol riots led by its supporters. He could also capitalize on declining support for President Joe Biden, following a Harvard-Harris poll that showed more than 70% of Americans don’t want him running in 2024.
However, the newspaper said preventing Trump from declaring early would be campaign finance laws that could restrict his fundraising. O’Reilly called this one of the factors Trump would assess.
O’Reilly also said Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis was a leading candidate in the GOP primary, but said it would be “foolish” to try to “Trump primary.”
“He’s going to be re-elected in Florida in November,” O’Reilly said of DeSantis. “He’s a relatively young man, four years old, that’s not a long time in politics.”