Donald Trump was a public figure long before he ever became the president. And he didn’t have the best reputation. In fact, in his home city of New York, he was considered something of a joke.
But nationally, Trump was a subject of fascination. And when when NBC gave him his own show, The Apprentice, the myth of Trump as a successful businessman grew. But he could have never become the president without fawning coverage from Fox News. And that is what makes a 1999 Tucker Carlson quote about Trump so interesting.
Carlson said of Trump in a 1999 conversation with Slate, “You’ve said it all: He is the single most repulsive person on the planet. . . . That said, I still plan to write about him some time. I don’t think I’ll be able to help it. Horrible as he is (or perhaps because he is so horrible), Trump is interesting, or at least more so than most candidates.’ Carlson wrote that Trump and the Reform Party reflected the fact ‘that ideology as a force in national elections is dead,’ before correcting himself to say, ‘They’re just a bunch of wackos.'”
And Carlson still might not think much of Trump now. According to sources, he regularly makes fun of fellow anchor Sean Hannity for his fawning coverage of the former president. But Carlson was more than happy to promote Trump to his viewers when it kept Republicans in power.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.