Tucker Carlson wrote “I passionately hate him” in recently released text messages about former President Donald Trump as bipartisan outrage continued to mount over the Fox News host’s effort to cover up the Jan. 6 attack.
Even as he reached out to Trump in public, the messages show the right-wing host actually despises the former president as an epic fail.
“We are very, very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights,” Carlson said in a text message on January 4, 2021 as Trump supporters prepared for the violent attack on the Capitol. “I really can’t wait.”
Carlson suggested that Trump would destroy Fox News and the conservative movement if given the chance.
“I passionately hate him… What he’s good at is destroying things. He is the undisputed world champion of it. He could easily destroy us if we played badly.
In another text, Carlson admitted that conservative figures were “pretending we have a lot to show for it” during Trump’s tumultuous four years in the White House.
“Admitting what a mess this has been is too hard to swallow,” he wrote. “But we go. There really isn’t an advantage for Trump.”
The damning new texts were released in court papers in the defamation lawsuit Fox is facing by voting machine maker Dominion that it claims it knowingly uttered Trump’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.
Even as the texts emerged, Carlson went ahead Tuesday with a second night of broadcasting exclusive security footage of the Jan. 6 attack that he says proves the bloody attack on Congress was actually a peaceful protest.
After lawmakers on both sides of the partisan aisle fact-checked Following his false claims, Carlson on Tuesday blamed Democrats for displaying “hysteria, exaggeration, crazed hyperbole, red-faced anger” for their use of the footage depicting some peaceful moments during the hour-long insurrection effort.
He did not address the shocking text messages showing his on-air singing of praise for Trump was all a sham.
For his part, Trump also ignored critical texts.
Instead, he patted Carlson on the back again for the second night of the revisionist story about the January 6 attack, which was aimed at keeping Trump in power after losing to President Biden.
The former president demanded the release of the convicted rioters, many of whom admitted to attacking police officers, and criticized the congressional committee on January 6 for “knowingly refusing to show the videos that mattered.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday blamed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for handing over 40,000 hours of Capitol Hill security footage to Carlson.
“McCarthy…has done more than any party leader in Congress to allow the spread of Donald Trump’s Big Lie,” Schumer said.