Donald Trump's 'expiration' is in 13 days, says Fox News' Tucker Carlson: 'Politicians come with shelf life'
'Is any single president, anyone, worth all of this time and attention?' the anchor asked
Fox News host Tucker Carlson, once a Donald Trump supporter, slammed the president after the Capitol building riot. He alleged that the Republican leader “recklessly encouraged” his supporters for the violent protests that took the lives of five people. On his show, ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’, the anchor said, “the Trump protests at the Capitol yesterday is already being used as a pretext for an unprecedented crackdown on civil liberties. Just in the last several hours, we have heard people in positions of power and authority demand that those who support Donald Trump should no longer be allowed to publish books or use the Internet or fly on airplanes. What happened yesterday, they're telling us, wasn't simply a political protest that got out of hand after the president recklessly encouraged it.”
Carlson later went on to say that the “expiration date” of Trump has arrived as he mentioned, “We've gone from being this big continental country with an enormous span of concerns and interests to a sweaty chat room of 300 million people all of whom are focused on a single man, Donald Trump. That is not healthy no matter how you feel about Trump. At some point you've got to wonder about where our country is putting all of its energy. Is any single president, anyone, worth all of this time and attention? All politicians, whether you agree with them or not, come with a shelf life. They are people. They don't last forever, none of us do. In Trump's case, the expiration date arrives in 13 days and after that he will not be president.”
The television presenter then clarified that he was not slamming Trump, but his action that led to the deadly riots. “It was a political protest that got completely out of control, as we said before, because the president recklessly encouraged it and that is wrong,” he added. At the opening of his show, Carlson also condemned the Republican party as he stated, “Donald Trump thinks exclusively about Donald Trump but so does almost every single Democrat in Congress as well as every single Republican. All of them is Trump obsessed. Who's got your concerns top of mind? Who wakes up in the middle of the night about your family? That's the main thing we need to change. It won't be easy, but the themes are pretty clear and here are the basics. The point of the Republican party is not to protect the personal reputations of its leaders. That cannot be the priority. The point of the Republican party is to protect its voters. In practice that needs protecting the bill of rights, the most basic freedoms and bedrock promises of American life — without them you wouldn't want to live here.”
While concluding, Carlson insisted that the party could not be depended on only one person. He said, “Donald Trump could become immortal and win the next 40 presidential elections and his daughter the next 40 after that but if America becomes a place where you have to violate your own conscience in order to hold a job, we are not allowed to protect your family from mob violence, where your children can't afford to get married and raise your grandchildren because employers don't like their skin color, then what's the point of all of this? There is no point. No one wants to live in a place like that or should have to no matter who the president is. We should be very concerned about all of this right now. These are the core concerns.”