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Tucker Carlson will be the Republican nominee in 2024, founder of pro-Trump super PAC predicts

There has been mounting speculation that the Fox News host might stand for president

Holly Baxter
New York
Wednesday 09 September 2020 22:48 BST
'Are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder?'
'Are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder?'

The founder of the pro-Trump super-PAC Black Americans to Re-elect the President has predicted that Fox News personality Tucker Carlson will stand for president in 2024.

“Tucker Carlson will be the Republican nominee,” former Republican candidate for Congress Vernon Robinson said in an interview with The Independent. He added that Carlson would “solidify America First” and continue Trump’s legacy, and that he would be happy to help Carlson campaign if he did decide to run. “We’re not in the crystal ball business, we’re in the ‘changing objective reality on the ground’ business, and it looks like some of that reality is changing,” he added.

“If I have anything to do about it, I will try to create a draft committee to make sure there are shock troops organized,” Mr Robinson said, adding that when he ran a campaign for now-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr Ben Carson, “we had over 39,000 volunteers who did 900 events”.

There has been mounting speculation over the summer that popular TV host Mr Carlson might stand for the presidency if Trump wins a second term in November. “He’s a talented communicator with a massive platform. I think if he runs he’d be formidable,” Republican strategist Luke Thompson told Politico in July, when ratings showed that Tucker Carlson Tonight had become the most-watched cable news show in American history. Mr Carlson has denied that he is interested in standing for the presidency in the past, though many have continued to theorize that he is positioning himself for a future run.

The super-PAC Mr Robinson made for Dr Ben Carson’s failed 2016 presidential bid raised over $12m, while his current PAC for Trump has raised almost $2.5m and spent over $2m on campaigning so far.

Mr Robinson is also the co-author of the book Coming Home: How Black Americans Will Re-elect Trump.

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