In a defamation lawsuit, frank sentiments on Donald Trump expressed by Fox News personalities are coming to light, including one in which Tucker Carlson wrote, “I loathe him passionately.”
Carlson’s private text exchange was made public almost simultaneously in court documents as the former president praised the Fox News anchor on social media. Trump claimed that his presentation of U.S. Capitol security footage snippets showed a January 6, 2021, uprising; nevertheless, Carlson fabricated a story about the attack using the footage.
The documents’ release coincides with heightened hostility between Trump and the media establishment that caters to conservatives as he runs for re-election.
Dominion Voting Systems, a maker of voting machines, is suing Fox News for $1.6 billion, claiming that the network broadcast untrue allegations that the business was behind fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
A wealth of records about Fox’s post-election operations are being made public before the case’s spring trial.
The fact that Fox executives and hosts questioned the electoral claims made by Trump and his friends but broadcast and highlighted them is a recurring topic in the internal memos and depositions. As Trump fans abandoned the network after it — rightly — declared Joe Biden the winner in Arizona on election night, Fox was getting worried about a drop in viewership.
The interactions include Carlson’s text with an unidentified person on January 4, 2021, in which the prime-time personality vented her resentment toward Trump.
According to Carlson, we are “very, very near to being able to ignore Trump most nights,” and “I genuinely can’t wait.”
While Carlson said he did not doubt that there had been election fraud in 2020, he added that Trump and his attorneys had so severely undermined their case — as well as those of media personalities like himself — that it was “infuriating. Drives me crazy.”
Although Trump continues to erroneously claim that the presidency was stolen from him, federal and state officials, courts, in-depth investigations in swing states, and Trump’s attorney general found no systemic fraud that could have affected the outcome of the 2020 election.
Trump and his crew have also charged Fox with ignoring their most recent presidential campaign and favoring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a possible GOP candidate.
In a furious address at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, Trump ally Stephen Bannon charged that Fox had disrespected the former president.
Bannon remarked that you’ve decided that Trump won’t be the next president. “Well, we think you won’t have a network,” they said.
The afternoon on Saturday. Trump’s whole speech to CPAC was broadcast on Fox News.