Donald Trump Jr. at CPAC in Orlando, USA - 26 Feb 2021

Donald Trump Jr. Calls Tucker Carlson A ‘Great Voice For Conservatives’

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By Kristin Myers on April 24, 2023 at 5:30 PM EDT

Donald Trump Jr. is "shocked" that Tucker Carlson and Fox News are parting ways.

On Monday morning, the network announced that Carlson’s last program had aired on Friday. In a statement, the network said "FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor."

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Donald Trump Jr. 'Shocked' To See Tucker Carlson And Fox News Parting Ways

On Monday afternoon, Donald Trump Jr. took to Instagram to share several photos that featured Tucker Carlson posing alongside Donald Trump.

“I’m shocked,” the 45-year-old political activist wrote in the caption. “A once in a generation talent and someone willing to challenge the norms is out at Fox News. Wherever Tucker ends up he will continue to be a great voice for conservatives without the corporate shackles.”

“Other than DJT perhaps no one understands the GOP base like Tucker and was one of the few people who using logic and reason could bring independents into the fold,” he continued, prompting one follower to say that Donald Trump “needs to add him to the 2024 ticket.”

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Donald Trump Jr. Hopes That Tucker Carlson Will 'Be That Voice For Conservatism'

Donald Trump Jr. also says that Fox News' decision to drop Tucker Carlson “changes things permanently” in an interview with conservative activist and podcast host Charlie Kirk on “The Charlie Kirk Show.”

“I mean, I think it changes things permanently. That’s one of the few voices in the Republican party that would call out the nonsense from GOP senators, governors, and otherwise. You know, an actual thought leader in conservatism,” Trump Jr. said, calling the decision “actually mind-blowing.”

“I hope whatever he does, he continues to be that voice for conservatism because, again, he’s one of the few people pushing those boundaries,” he added.

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Tucker Carlson Once Texted A Friend That He Hates Trump ‘Passionately’

Tucker Carlson at Day 2 of Politicon 2018, Los Angeles Convention Center. 21 Oct 2018 Pictured: Alicia Arden, Tucker Carlson. Photo credit: David Edwards / MEGA +1 888 505 6342 (Mega Agency TagID: MEGA295175_006.jpg) [Photo via Mega Agency]

In March 2023, as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, hundreds of pages of private text messages and emails from top Fox News journalists and executives were made public.

It’s interesting that Donald Trump Jr. has expressed such vocal support for Tucker Carlson, who claimed in a January 4, 2021 text message that he was fed up with the former U.S. President.

"We are very, very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights. I truly can’t wait," he texted a person whose information was redacted (via NBC News). Carlson went on to text, “I hate him passionately. ... I can’t handle much more of this.”

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“We’re all pretending we’ve got a lot to show for it, because admitting what a disaster it’s been is too tough to digest,” he wrote in another text message, referring to the "last four years" of Trump’s presidency. “But come on. There isn’t really an upside to Trump.”

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Carlson Walks Back Previous Text Messages About Donald Trump

Donald Trump and political officials seen in the Trump Tower lobby in NYC

Shortly after, Tucker Carlson attempted to backtrack his previous text messages about Donald Trump during an appearance on WABC radio (via NBC News). At the time, he said that he was “enraged” that his private text messages had been made public.

“And I think this is in the text, and those were all grabbed completely illegitimately, in my opinion, in this court case, which I guess I’m not allowed to talk about, but I’m enraged that my private texts were pulled,” he said at the time.

Carlson claimed that he had been texting with one of his producers because “some idiot on the Trump campaign had sent us the name of these dead voters who had voted,” in a reference to him repeating Trump's inaccurate claims that deceased individuals had voted in Georgia. Carlson went on to say that he "felt humiliated" that he took Trump's untrue remarks and "repeated them on air."

The news that Tucker Carlson and Fox News were parting ways came only about an hour before CNN announced that they were dropping Don Lemon.

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