Tucker Carlson, the most popular cable news host on television, gave a keynote address to Iowa’s Family Leadership Summit in Des Moines on Friday night and covered a wide range of MAGA-related topics — stoking speculation about a potential presidential run in 2024.
Carlson’s address reportedly turned into a lengthy speech on Christianity, how Iowans should view politicians, and the war in Ukraine. Tucker added he “didn’t care one way or another” about the current conflict there.
The cable news personality explained his position stating, that Putin’s “not my president. He doesn’t preside over my country and what he does in Ukraine. While, I think, historically significant, certainly significant to Ukrainians is not more significant to me than what gas costs. In fact, it’s not even in the same universe”
Throughout his speech, Carlson said politicians need to understand the issues that matter most are ones that actually affect voters directly — not the topics pop culture icons may deem important.
He cited Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as an example.
“As Mitch McConnell recently told us, the most important thing in the world is to vanquish Vladimir Putin,” Carlson continued.
The Fox News host said politicians often determine what matters based on which posts are trending on Twitter, and are thus, out of touch with reality.
Carlson, who has often covered these events during presidential election cycles, has been viewed by some Republicans as beginning to lay the groundwork for a White House run in two years.
On the subject of running, Tucker said, “Basically no one has an ironclad claim on either side to the nomination. No one can say it’s mine. There’s going to be a fight on both sides.”
He also spoke about the powers Christian voters have, along with the power of faith.
“Religious faith is a natural check on their power,” Carlson added.
He also said Christians will be unwilling to give unlimited power to individuals who propose radical progressive policies. Carlson claimed Democrats have hatred for the Christian worldview, “because it’s a challenge to their worldview of dominion” and opposition to Christianity, after all, is a major factor for the left.
Following his speech, Carlson participated in a question and answer session where he talked about virtue signaling, what it takes to be courageous as a conservative today, marriage, and his career.
With the 2024 presidential election just around the corner, Tucker’s trip to Iowa signals he may be gearing up to throw his hat in the ring, but only time will tell.
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