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Trump/Tucker interview gets massive views on X

 August 25, 2023

Former President Donald Trump opted to forego the first Republican primary debate on Wednesday, instead of having a comprehensive discussion with popular conservative personality Tucker Carlson.

This decision clearly resonated with viewers as the interview, made available on the X social media platform, accumulated over 100 million views within hours, Daily Wire reported.

By the time Thursday morning rolled around, viewership had surged to an astonishing 180 million.

For perspective, when comparing these numbers to Carlson's previous interviews, Trump's session outstripped Carlson's dialogue with GOP contender Vivek Ramaswamy, which pulled in 44 million views over a week's span, Newsweek reported.

Reasons for Sidestepping the Debate

Throughout the conversation, Trump highlighted his significant lead in the polls as the primary reason he decided not to participate in the debate with other Republican presidential candidates. Instead, he sought a more direct exchange with Carlson.

Trump shared, "I'm leading by [40] points. But I'm gonna have all these people screaming at me, shouting questions at me. All of which I love answering. I love doing, but it doesn't make sense to do 'em. So, I've taken a pass."

Carlson, probing deeper, asked Trump if he believed the U.S. was nearing violence or potential civil unrest. Trump expressed uncertainty in response.

Trump said, "I can say this, there's a level of passion that I've never seen."

He added, "There's a level of hatred that I've never seen, and there's probably a bad combination."

Addressing Legal and Political Challenges

Trump didn't hold back when discussing his ongoing legal battles, dismissing them as frivolous. He drew parallels with Hillary Clinton and Democrat Stacey Abrams, noting that they both contested the results of their respective elections.

He elaborated, "But now, you know, every time you see [Clinton] on television, she's saying like, well, she's challenging the election. … So that would mean that she should be indicted, but that would mean also that Stacey Abrams in Georgia should be indicted 'cause she still thinks she won the election for governor."

A hard-hitting moment in the interview was when Carlson broached the subject of Trump's safety, given the four felony charges against him and an upcoming court appearance.

When asked if he ever feared an assassination attempt by political adversaries, Trump responded, "Honestly, they're savage animals. They are people that are sick, really sick."

Trump's Stance on Biden and Key Policy Matters

Shifting the conversation to President Biden, Trump expressed skepticism over whether Biden would pursue re-election, suggesting that Biden might not be the principal decision-maker in his administration.

He further asserted that the Biden family's business ventures might have put the president in a compromising position.

Trump praised his own foreign policy achievements, highlighting his role in preventing a nuclear conflict with North Korea. He also criticized Biden's handling of the Ukraine-Russia War and the alleged rise of China's influence in Cuba.

However, Trump emphasized that his main concern remains immigration, emphasizing the importance of securing the border and addressing the issue of illegal entrants with criminal backgrounds, advocating for their return to their home countries.