The interview between former President Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson has become a massive sensation, amassing over 150 million views since its debut on Wednesday night. This was especially notable considering it aired at the same time as the GOP Primary Debate, which was only viewed by less than 30 million people.
The interview premiered on Twitter and coincided with the live broadcast of the GOP’s first 2024 Presidential Primary Debate on Fox News. While 23.9 million people tuned in to watch the debate on Fox News, the Trump-Carlson interview managed to attract a staggering 74 million viewers during the same time frame. This significant difference in viewership can be attributed to the fact that the interview was available online and not constrained by cable news and television contracts.
By approximately 7:00 AM on Thursday morning, the interview had already accumulated over 150 million views, indicating its widespread appeal and popularity. At the start of the interview, Tucker Carlson playfully mentioned that he and President Trump were taking on the entire GOP field, highlighting the absence of Trump from the debate.
Criticism had been directed at Trump from members of the GOP field for not participating in the debate. However, Trump elaborated on his reasons for not attending during the interview. He expressed his belief that it was unnecessary to debate candidates who were significantly behind him in the polls, especially considering the debate was hosted by Fox News, a network that he views as biased against him.
In connection with the 2020 Presidential Election, President Trump is also set to surrender to left-wing “law enforcement” in Fulton County, Georgia, the morning after the debate. This surrender is seen by his supporters as an act of defiance against the deep state and political actors who have attempted to imprison him for questioning the election results. Instead of dousing his campaign, the persecution effort has only bolstered his support and led to an increase in his poll numbers with each new indictment.
Overall, the Trump-Carlson interview has captured the attention of millions of viewers worldwide and has sparked discussions about the former president’s absence from the GOP Primary Debate. It has also highlighted the ongoing controversies surrounding Trump’s legal battles related to the 2020 election. Despite these challenges, Trump’s popularity remains strong, as demonstrated by the overwhelming viewership of his interview.