Tucker Carlson breaks his silence in viral Twitter video
Days after his shock firing from Fox News, Tucker Carlson took to Twitter and addressed his millions of fans in a two-minute video lamenting the current state of American media and offering hope that in the end, “true things prevail,” as the Daily Mail reports.
Carlson was reportedly “blindsided” by his abrupt dismissal from Fox News, but judging from the offers already pouring in from other outlets and platforms, it seems unlikely he will remain on the sidelines for long.
The former Fox News host began his video by musing about “things you notice when you take a little time off,” including how “unbelievably stupid most of the debates you see on television are,” as CBS News noted.
Carlson, 53, also lamented the current state of both major American political parties and the fact that, in his estimation, “big topics get virtually no discussion.”
“Both political parties and their donors have reached consensus on what benefits them, and they actively collude to shut down any conversation about it. Suddenly, the United States looks very much like a one-party state,” Carlson continued.
“That's a depressing realization, but it's not permanent,” Carlson asserted.
Despite that dire assessment of where things currently stand, Carlson imparted a message of hope to those who have followed his work for years and made his show the most-watched program on his former network.
“When honest people say what's true, calmly and without embarrassment, they become powerful,” Carlson said.
Further, he added, “the liars who have been trying to silence them shrink. They become weaker. That's the iron law of the universe: true things prevail.” WATCH:
Good evening pic.twitter.com/SPrsYKWKCE
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 27, 2023
Video's Massive Reach
Indicative of Carlson's staggering popularity was the fact that, as The Hill notes, the two-minute message posted Wednesday evening by the ousted Fox News host garnered over 57 million views on the social media platform as of Thursday afternoon.
Those numbers far outstrip demonstrated interest in President Joe Biden's campaign launch video, which was posted to Twitter over 24 hours prior and had received just 41.8 million views.
The Hill added that Carlson's primetime Fox News program typically drew upwards of 3 million viewers per night, and it remains to be seen whether the lion's share of that audience will remain loyal to the network's programming or will revolt in support of the host.
In the first few days since Carlson's ouster, fill-in host Brian Kilmeade pulled in a paltry 1.7 million viewers in the 8:00 p.m. slot, according to the Los Angeles Times, perhaps suggesting that Fox News will face an uphill battle to regain lost ground.
What Comes Next?
As he concluded his message to fans, Carlson asked rhetorically, “Where can you still find Americans saying true things?”
“There aren't many places left, but there are some. And that's enough,” he added.
As CBS News notes, Carlson is already fielding offers from Fox News competitors, with One America News Network's founder and CEO Robert Herring extending an invitation to engage in negotiations for the host to take his talents there.
BlazeTV's Glenn Beck – himself a former Fox News notable – has also expressed interest in attracting Carlson to his enterprise, telling the host, “You won't miss a beat. And together, the two of us will tear it up. Just tear it up.” While it remains unclear where and how Carlson will decide to continue his conversation with the American people, he made it clear that he intends to remain in the arena by ending his video message with the words, “See you soon.”