One of the founders of the Lincoln Project said on Friday that he believes Fox News’ Tucker Carlson will be the Republican Party’s top candidate for the 2024 presidential race.
While he appeared on MSNBC’s deadline White House, Steve Schmidt talked about the current presidential election and how he thinks it could go in the years ahead.
“You see, we have almost 48 percent of this country who voted for a statistical, authoritarian movement with fascist characteristics that is hostile to American democracy, to the rule of law – that worships an individual, that’s a personality cult,” Schmidt said. “I think that Tucker Carlson is the top candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination.
Schmidt is one of the founders of the Lincoln Project, the conservative group opposing President Donald Trump.
Schmidt also suggested that the Republican candidates “will grovel before the conspiracy,” that Trump has been “stabbed in the back by invisible malevolent forces of the deep state, that the election has been stolen, that it is forever illegitimate.
He continued: “More than a majority of the Republican Party will believe that this was an illegitimate election because they were poisoned by the [Rupert] Murdoch operation, by OAN, by Sinclair, by the toxic sludge of sewage and manure and disinformation and lies that are streaming into the screens of the American people on Facebook.
Schmidt’s comments come in the midst of the ongoing results of the 2020 presidential election between Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Biden is currently leading Trump in both the polls and the referenda, with only a few states left to be named. These states include Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Nevada. Arizona was called a Biden victory by Fox News and the Associated Press, but several other media outlets said the race in that state was too close to call.
Although the presidential race has not yet been announced for either candidate, this is not the first time Carlson’s name has appeared in the discussion about the 2024 presidential race.
During an interview with The Independent in September, Vernon Robinson, a former Republican congressional candidate, made similar remarks about the personality of Fox News.
“Tucker Carlson will be the Republican candidate,” Robinson told The Independent, adding that Carlson will “consolidate America first.
Meanwhile, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, recently made comments that contradicted both Schmidt and Robinson, saying he would “absolutely” expect Trump to run for a second term in 2024 if he were to lose the 2020 election.
Washington Newsday asked Fox News and the Lincoln Project for comments, but did not receive a response in time for publication.