In the aftermath of Tucker Carlson’s departure from Fox News, there has been speculation about his plans. While some networks, like Newsmax, expressed interest in hosting his show, it was later revealed that Carlson is still under contract with Fox News and is suing the network for breach of contract to secure his release. In the meantime, Carlson has mentioned his intention to bring his show directly to Twitter.
Following his removal from the airwaves, a grassroots movement emerged called Draft Tucker PAC, which aimed to draft Carlson as a presidential candidate in 2024. The PAC began raising funds and even created an advertisement. Carlson had made a playful remark about a presidential run but later clarified that it was just a joke. Despite his clarification, Draft Tucker PAC continued its efforts.
However, Carlson has announced that he will not run for president, according to his lawyer, who has sent the PAC a cease-and-desist letter. According to Carlson’s attorney, Harmeet Dhillon, the founders of Draft Tucker PAC have been accused of fraudulent fundraising by soliciting donations from Carlson’s supporters.
Dhillon’s letter to Charlie Kolean, the founder of the PAC, ordered them to stop using Carlson’s name for fundraising purposes. The letter stated that Carlson has categorically disavowed the PAC’s activities and will not run for president in 2024.
Dhillon’s letter sternly warned the PAC to cease using Carlson’s name for fundraising, highlighting that such misrepresentations were damaging to Carlson and defrauding his supporters.
News of the cease-and-desist letter sent shockwaves through political circles, effectively ending the grassroots movement’s campaign to draft Carlson.
The PAC, led by Chris Ekstrom, a former congressional candidate and GOP donor from Texas, had submitted its paperwork to the Federal Election Commission in April, shortly after Carlson left Fox News. Ekstrom’s motivations stemmed from concerns that the two likely frontrunners in the 2024 Republican primary, Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis, would not push the party far enough to the right. He saw Carlson’s potential candidacy as an opportunity to inject new perspectives into the race and challenge the status quo within the party.
Following Tucker Carlson’s attorney’s cease-and-desist letter, the Draft Tucker PAC’s efforts to draft Carlson as a presidential candidate have stopped. However, with Carlson’s unequivocal declaration that he will not run for president, Ekstrom’s hopes and aspirations of Draft Tucker PAC have been dashed. The PAC now faces the challenge of regrouping and redirecting its efforts toward a different candidate or cause.
Observers and pundits speculate whether new candidates will emerge to shake up the Republican nomination race in 2024 due to this turn of events. As the dust settles, the focus shifts back to Tucker Carlson and his future endeavors. While still entangled in a legal battle with Fox News, Carlson continues to explore alternative platforms to connect with his audience. As he considers his next career move, he may use Twitter and other social media to maintain his influence and engage with his supporters.
The saga surrounding Tucker Carlson’s potential presidential run has ended abruptly, leaving behind a trail of disappointed supporters and a defunct political action committee. Only time will tell how this episode will shape the political landscape leading up to the 2024 election and whether any other unexpected developments will alter the course of the Republican primary.