Conservative leader Tucker Carlson’s 2024 Republican presidential candidate forum at the Family Leadership Summit in Des Moines, Iowa was brutal on the GOP leaders that attended.
The so-called “Tucker stress test” hurt some of the Republican leaders — and may have completely ended former Vice President Mike Pence’s campaign.
Carlson interviewed Pence, as well as former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Former President Donald Trump declined Carlson’s interview request. His campaign cited an unnamed scheduling conflict.
Skipping the event was probably wise for Trump.
The evangelical crowd booed and jeered some candidates, including Pence — who would normally expect to get a warm reception from the conservative audience.
“Tucker Carlson is good at what he does. I think some of Pence’s responses — for a vice president to get boos, audible boos, from the audience? That’s a big deal,” Mike Demastus, pastor of the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, told Politico. “I even heard one pastor friend of mine say, ‘His campaign’s over.’”
Glenn Beck asked Carlson if he’d meant to “light” the Republican candidates “on fire.”
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Take a look —
Tucker explains how he destroyed the careers of multiple GOP presidential candidates today. pic.twitter.com/gwTct45Vtu
— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) July 14, 2023
Since being fired from Fox News, Carlson has turned to social media and launched his own show on Twitter — which just secured a seven-figure advertising contract.
Did you miss the forum?
Carlson included a 45-minute highlight reel of the interviews on his social media-based show.
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You can watch the highlights below —
We grilled the GOP candidates at the Iowa summit and then traveled to Florida for a big speech at Turning Point USA.
Watch this video of the speech to see how the candidates performed, what’s happening in America and more.
SPOILER: We even cover the 8 ball of cocaine found in… pic.twitter.com/jRgmevblYt
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) July 16, 2023
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