Tucker Carlson Says Trump Is ‘Not Capable’ And Hasn’t Kept His Promises

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Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson set straight any misinformation concerning his views on President Donald Trump: “I don’t think he’s capable,” he said during an interview on Tuesday.

Urs Gehriger, an editor at “Die Weltwoche,” Switzerland’s leading German-language opinion weekly, noted that Carlson’s new book, “Ship of Fools,” is silent on Trump but comments on his critics. And so, Gehriger jump-started the conversation by asking what Carlson thought of Trump’s first two years in office.

Carlson said he cannot stand Trump’s self-aggrandizement and boasting. Then, when asked whether Trump has kept his promises, the usually quick-witted and long-winded Carlson had just one word: “No.”

Although it has a variety of voices, Fox News Channel has become the outlet often aligned with the current administration, at least in prime time.

Hosts such as Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro have taken near-unequivocal positions in support of Trump and against “the liberal left.” Hannity has even joined Trump on the campaign stage.

Though often a measured Trump supporter, Tuesday’s interview was not Carlson’s first verbal-lashing of the president; he called Trump’s attacks on then-attorney general Jeff Sessions, following his recusal from the Russia investigation, a “useless, self-destructive act.”

This week, he continued to disparage the president when Gehriger probed for more.

“His chief promises were that he would build the wall, defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare, and he hasn’t done any of those things,” Carlson said, adding that those goals were probably lost causes. Trump, he said, doesn’t understand the system, and his own agencies don’t support him.

“He knows very little about the legislative process, hasn’t learned anything, hasn’t surrounded himself with people that can get it done, hasn’t done all the things you need to do, so it’s mostly his fault that he hasn’t achieved those things,” he added.

He has come to believe that Trump’s role is not as a conventional president who promises to achieve certain things and then does. Instead, it’s to “begin the conversation about what actually matters.”

For the Fox News host, that issue is immigration.

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump previously reported that since taking over the prime-time slot left vacant by Greta Van Susteren when she departed the network shortly before the 2016 election, Carlson has been “a fervent advocate for Trump’s hard-right position on immigration.”

The interview, which ran 45 minutes past its allotted time, covered wide-ranging discussion points, some as striking as Carlson’s outspoken comments about the president.

For starters, he called Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her socialist group “the future.” He also criticized the Republican Party, suggesting that it “will die” if it doesn’t begin to fairly represent middle-class American voters.

“The elite in our country is physically separated in a way that’s very unhealthy for a democracy,” he said. Rural America is “really falling apart,” he said, adding that “if you’re running the country, you should have a sense of that.”

Gehriger said Carlson sounded like a “renegade.”

“He was so tough” on Trump, he told The Post. “He was nobody’s cheerleader. For a person who is so successful on Fox News, I didn’t expect him to be so outspoken.”

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  1. Sorry but I disagree with you sir are never as a president face such hostility from within by people who should’ve been happy to support him but unfortunately once you guve people candy it’s very hard to take it away such

  2. Nice spin by the Compost. Faux news was never a reputable network anyway. Just like the others, they are beholden to their advertisers.

  3. How could he keep his promises when the 9th Circus, as well as the rest of the DOJ clowns and the RINOs in his so-called Republican party are steadfastly against them all. President Trump is fighting it all alone?

  4. Is it fair to accuse President Trump of not keeping his promises when he’s achieved such a massive amount unlike any other president before him even with all the hindrance and blocking of the Democrats every step of the way? Did Obama, Bill Clinton, Bush and any other President get such “treatment” – ever?
    He would have accomplished even more, INCLUDING the repeal of Obamacare, the border wall, murdering of babies, etc. if not the Democrats, and the Satanists in the government.


  5. Anyone sitting on the outside can clearly see that it is the REPUBLICAN CONGRESS AND SENATERS that are at fault for not getting all these things done.

    But go blame the president who has been the best president for the USA.

    The liberals mounted the greatest fight ever and the stupid republicans went along with them, dropping their greatest opportunity they ever had to get things done

  6. Tucker is very far from being an Ohev Yisrael. Quite the opposite. We certainly don’t want to attack him and oppose him – but we need to keep out eyes open. I’m not quite sure why Matzav has been promoting him and doesn’t give a healthy mix of him, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and many others.


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