Fox News host Tucker Carlson delivered a long-overdue critique of the current Republican Party post-Trump presidency, pointing out that the GOP has been disconnected with its base for some time.
In his Friday opening monologue of “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, Carlson explained how the Republican Party leadership has been acting against its voters’ interest for years, which actually led to Donald Trump’s election in 2016.
“For quite some time now we’ve wondered what’s going on with congressional Republicans,” Carlson said. “There are a lot of nice people in the Republican Party, but the point of a political party is not to be nice, it is to represent the interests of its voters. That’s the only reason political parties exist. There is no other reason to have them except to represent their voters.”
“Yet year after year, on issue after issue, the leadership of the Republican Party fails to do that. We’re not guessing about this. We know what Republican voters care about. They tell pollsters all the time. Since they kept getting ignored, in 2016 they elected Donald Trump, just to make it incredibly clear what they cared about. If that wasn’t a wake-up call, nothing would be.”
Carlson then noted that certain advisers to the Republican Party, such as noted liberal Frank Luntz, have been steering the party toward the establishment line for years, to its detriment.
“However, it remains true that the priorities of the people who run the Republican Party are very different — in some cases, completely different — from the priorities of the people who vote Republican,” Carlson continued. “Why is that? Well, there are lots of reasons, probably, but Frank Luntz is definitely one of them.”
“Frank Luntz is a smooth salesman. He’s been around for a while. The problem is that Frank Luntz’s views are very different from those of your average Republican voter. Frank Luntz is a conventional liberal. His main clients are left-wing corporations like Google. When Frank Luntz gives advice to congressional Republicans, he’s got Google’s perspective in mind. That’s a huge problem,” he added.
Another huge problem is that Luntz still orbits around the current Republican Party leadership, namely House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.).
“So why does Frank Luntz remain a fixture in Republican politics at a time when the companies he works for are explicitly opposed to the Republican Party?” Carlson asked. “Well, in part because he is particularly close to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif., and has been since McCarthy entered politics.”
After explaining how Luntz toadied for Big Pharma and “woke” corporations, Carlson pondered how the GOP could still be tapping Luntz for “messaging guidance” on a range of issues.
“This is the guy Republican leaders went to just this week for ‘messaging guidance on hot topics.’ And you wonder why you no longer recognize the party that you vote for,” Carlson concluded.
Owen is joined by Daniel McCarthy of Arizona, who provides a clear perspective on what is currently taking place in Maricopa county.