A political action committee that wants former Fox News host Tucker Carlson to run for President has launched an ad praising him for mocking “woke nonsense” in an aim to pull the GOP presidential race to the right.
Draft Tucker PAC, a hybrid PAC which filed papers with the Federal Election Commission late last month, shortly after Carlson’s ouster from Fox News, debuted an ad Thursday (May 18) night that is initially scheduled to air for one week on conservative cable channel Newsmax.
The ad asserts that Republicans “need a new leader,” suggesting that “Tucker Carlson is ready to lead.”
The ad claimed “no one in America” is more articulate at “pinning down leftists” than Tucker before comparing the former Fox News host to the late radio host Rush Limbaugh.
“Carlson is witty, sharp and mocks woke nonsense,” adding that the former Fox News host can “whip Biden in debate.”
The PAC is being funded by Chris Ekstrom, a former Texas congressional candidate, and GOP donor, who is also the PAC’s chairman.
Ekstrom said he knew Carlson “vaguely” and that he reached out to form the PAC before Fox News terminated Carlson, but he thought it would be impossible while Carlson was still a primetime host.
But since Carlson had been terminated, that concern has faded, with Ekstrom sharing his belief that Carlson has a “realistic opportunity” to become President, adding that he considers neither former President Donald Trump nor Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “fully satisfactory” as GOP candidates.
Ekstrom added that if Carlson entered the race within “a reasonable amount of time” and covered “the same territory he was covering on Fox,” it would be “a rude awakening” for Trump and DeSantis — the GOP’s current 2024 Presidential race frontrunners.