Tucker Carlson said politicians are “strange” because they “crave” to be adored by strangers.
The Fox News personality made the comments during a speech at Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest, a four-day event that runs through Dec. 20 in Phoenix, Arizona, which the band billed as “the greatest celebration of our constitutional rights and freedoms”.
“I don’t believe in any politicians, I know them too well,” Carlson said on Saturday.
“I don’t know. I mean, I think some are way better than others. Some are just awful. And some are, you know, nice people. I know I’m friends with like two of between them after a lifetime of covering them.”
Carlson continued, “No, they’re weird. I mean, seriously. You live to have people you’ve never met before screaming your name. What kind of sick person are you?
“If you crave adulation by strangers, you are emotionally damaged, you know, beyond repair.”
Some on Twitter mocked Carlson’s comments, saying they lacked self-awareness.
A Twitter user wrote“It would have a lot more weight and impact if Tucky himself weren’t, in his own words, ’emotionally damaged beyond repair’.”
“Does he speak for himself? another asked.
Others suggested Carlson’s comments signaled he was turning his back on former President Donald Trump.
“And with that, Tucker Carlson announces his endorsement of Ron DeSantis,” one user wrote.
However, Carlson said on Saturday that he currently does not support anyone in the 2024 presidential race.
“I’m not supporting anyone. I have no idea what’s going to happen in the Republican primary,” he said in response to a question asking if he would support Trump or Florida Governor Ron. DeSantis.
Trump announced he would run for a second term in 2024 in November, while DeSantis has been widely touted as a leading contender for the 2024 GOP nomination.
“I spend a lot of time in Florida, and I think Ron DeSantis did an amazing job and I really mean it,” Carlson said.
“I don’t know DeSantis very well, but let me put it this way, people are moving to Florida because he’s the governor.”
Floridians say they “love” DeSantis, Carlson said. “I’m so impressed with that,” he added.
Carlson went on to say he was “so grateful” that Trump ran for president in 2016 and that talking to him is “one of the great animal joys in life.”
“I actually like Donald Trump, as a guy,” he said. “I’ve known Trump for 20 years because I work in the media, you know, and I’ve always gotten along with him and I think he’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever spoken to about my life.”
Carlson went on to say that it appears Trump and DeSantis are “two forces moving towards each other at great speed.”
“And how can this be? He asked. “And the answer is, I have no idea.”
Newsweek contacted a Carlson spokesperson for comment.