If you’re active on social media nowadays, chances are you’ve seen the name Tucker Carlson show up in tweets or TikTok videos. In the United States, he is a controversial figure in American media and politics. Most of his controversial takes are starting to reach international audiences, so we’re here to answer two questions: who is Tucker Carlson and why is he trending now? Keep reading to find out more.
Who is Tucker Carlson?
For those who are not familiar with Tucker Carlson’s work, he is a television host in the United States. Since he started a career in journalism and media, Carlson has made himself known with his conservative and controversial views. As of writing, he is the host of Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News. He has been with the broadcasting company since 2016.
Tucker Carlson, the host of the most-watched show on prime-time cable news, uses a simple narrative to instill fear in viewers. We analyzed 1,150 episodes to see how he promotes extremist ideas and conspiracy theories. Revisit our analysis from April 2022. https://t.co/T4TG4DrhXU
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 10, 2023
Aside from being a television host, Carlson is also a writer. So far, he has published several books. One of these books includes Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution, released in 2018.
- It became a New York Times best seller as he criticized those who were in charge of leading America.
- One of the most important questions Carlson asks in this book is: “Why did Trump get elected?”
- It’s also worth noting that former U.S. President Donald Trump is a regular viewer of Carlson’s program on Fox News. The host has also received support from Trump and other like-minded groups for his conservative views.
Why is he trending?
The real reason why Tucker Carlson is trending right now is because of the statements he has been making on his show. Following the statements, it was enough for various groups and individuals to react and counter Carlson’s statements.
TUCKER CARLSON: Transgenderism is the most dangerous extremist movement in the United States https://t.co/ljGYTa0fiH
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 8, 2023
Some of the statements he has made are the following:
- According to Carlson, white supremacy is not an actual problem present in America. He also added that those who disagree with this are lying.
- While talking about the COVID-19 pandemic, Carlson compared the act of wearing face masks to living under a dictatorship like in North Korea.
- Carlson believes that pregnant women in the military is a sign of weakness.
- He also claims that “transgenderism is the most dangerous extremist movement in the United States.”
These are not all of the controversial statements Carlson has made on his show. However, all of these were enough to elicit reactions from various individuals and groups. Some of the groups opposing Carlson’s views are health experts, politicians, civil rights groups, and even veterans.
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— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 7, 2023
He is also opposed to and very critical about the following topics:
Tucker Carlson’s show is one of the most-watched cable news shows in the United States
Ever since he became the host of Tucker Carlson Tonight in 2016, it has attracted millions of viewers because of Carlson’s hot takes on various social and political issues. Some of the topics he covers on his show are immigration, crime, media bias, and of course, the current political climate in the United States.
- A lot of people also recognize Carlson as being an influential and controversial figure in American media. The host is also a vocal supporter of former U.S. President Donald Trump, considering his policies as effective in making America “great again”.
- Since then, a lot of groups and individuals have been criticizing, boycotting, and even suing him for the dangerous views he has on modern social issues as well as the propagation of false information and conspiracy theories that do nothing but incite public panic.
- Some of the things Carlson has been accused of promoting are racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia.
- In Carlson’s defense, he explains that he is free to share what’s on his mind as he is “a defender of free speech, truth, and American values.”
Despite all these controversies surrounding Tucker Carlson’s character, there’s no doubt that he is always trending and a lot of conservatives look up to him.
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