Fox News Host Tucker Carlson has appeared to be one of President Trump’s biggest supporters. On his show (and his website, The Daily Caller), criticism of the president and his administration is rarely mentioned. But apparently Carlson has been tucking that criticism under his hat for the better part of two years, because in an interview with Urs Gehriger of the German-language opinion magazine Die Welwoche, he really let loose on Trump and the many ways in which he has been a disappointment.
Asked by Gehriger if he had any criticisms of the president, Carlson was only too happy to provide some commentary. He said that he was unhappy with Trump’s boastful manner and assured the German interviewer that the president had not kept his promises to the American people.
“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.
He went on to note that he didn’t have much hope in those promises coming to fruition over the next two years.
“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,” Carlson said.
The outspoken conservative said he’d begun to believe that Trump’s role was “not as a conventional president who promises to get certain things achieved to the Congress and then does.”
“I don’t think he’s capable,” he said. “I don’t think he’s capable of sustained focus. I don’t think he understands the system. I don’t think the Congress is on his side. I don’t think his own agencies support him. He’s not going to do that.”
This isn’t necessarily the first time that Carlson has criticized Trump – he was one of many conservatives who had a problem with the president’s remarks on doing away with “due process” when it came to taking guns away from individuals, and he was unhappy with Trump’s willingness to cut a deal on DACA. But suffice to say, this is the first indication that Carlson has taken a broad, dim view of Trump’s presidency as a whole; certainly, this view is not obvious upon reading his new book or watching his TV program every night.
Carlson is, of course, entitled to his opinion, and you can’t necessarily say that he’s factually wrong about those promises that Trump made. But we just find it odd that he harbors these views and waits until he’s speaking to a German-language magazine reporter before airing them. At least when Ann Coulter thinks Trump is getting out of line, she’s up front and honest about it. Carlson should follow her lead.