Headline RoundupAugust 24th, 2023

Trump Sits Down With Tucker Carlson As Fellow GOP Candidates Debate

Summary from the AllSides News Team

While Republican primary hopefuls participated in a debate hosted by Fox News (Right bias), former president and 2024 Republican front-runner Donald Trump sat down with Tucker Carlson (Right bias) for an exclusive interview aired on X, formerly named Twitter. 

The Debate: Explaining his decision to skip the Republican debates, Trump said, “Do I sit there for an hour or two hours, whatever it’s going to be, and get harassed by people that shouldn’t even be running for president? Should I be doing that at a network that isn’t particularly friendly to me?”

The GOP Field: Trump called former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson “weak and pathetic,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a “lost cause,” and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a “savage maniac.” 

2024 Platform: Trump said that his policy focus if elected back into the White House would be similar to that of his 2016 approach, with a strong focus on the southern border. “Terrorists are pouring into our country,” Trump said, referring to the southern border. “They’re emptying out their prisons all over South America. They’re emptying out their mental institutions.”

How the Media Covered It: Coverage of Trump’s interview took a backseat to debate coverage Wednesday night. Across the spectrum, coverage of Trump’s interview focused heavily on his statements regarding his primary opponents and his decision to skip the Republican debates. The Associated Press (Lean Left bias) stated that Carlson “tried to engage Trump in conspiracy theories.”

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