Fox News yanking Tucker Carlson off the air caused an explosion of anger towards the network.
Conservatives were furious that one of the most powerful voices in the movement got canceled.
And Ron DeSantis had this unexpected reaction to Fox News firing Tucker Carlson.
Fox News firing Tucker Carlson quickly became an issue in the 2024 Republican presidential primary.
Donald Trump blasted Fox News for essentially firing Tucker Carlson.
Donald Trump Jr. called out Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for not having anything to say about Carlson — the most popular conservative in the media — losing his show.
It’s been almost a week since Fox News fired Tucker Carlson & Ron DeSantis STILL hasn’t found the courage to say a word about it. Wonder why?
We already know he flip-flopped on Ukraine because of his donors, so i guess it’s unsurprising that he’s afraid to cross Paul Ryan & Fox.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 30, 2023
DeSantis’s silence may owe to the dynamics of the 2024 race.
War Room host Steve Bannon stated that Fox News wants Carlson off the air through the 2024 primary because he is the number-one supporter for the Trump “America First” agenda as Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch reportedly told Trump after the midterm elections that his media empire will not support Trump’s 2024 campaign.
“As long as they pay Tucker. And I think this contract from what I’m told — runs a couple of years, they’ve taken him off. What the Murdochs have done is taken the populous voice, the anti-Ukraine voice, the anti-uniparty voice, the platform in mainstream media and primetime. The only voice out there of populous nationalism, right? They’ve taken it off through the 2024 election, which is, I’ve said from day one is what the Murdoch’s plan here is,” Bannon warned.
Ron DeSantis already found himself running afoul of Murdoch and other establishment Republicans by trying to appeal to Carlson’s audience.
DeSantis set off a deluge of establishment denunciation by RINOs like John Cornyn after DeSantis told Carlson the war in Ukraine is a “territorial dispute” and that Ukraine is not a “vital strategic interest” to the United States.
After several days of establishment RINOs pummeling DeSantis in the press DeSantis flip-flopped and called Vladimir Putin a war criminal and hinted he supported regime change in Russia.
DeSantis’s 2024 strategy depends on appealing to all wings of the GOP — Trump supporters, Never Again Trumpers like Rupert Murdoch, and Never Trumpers — and trying to court Carlson’s fans already caused DeSantis to fall off the tightrope he tried to walk one time.
By staying silent on Carlson’s firing DeSantis looks like he does not want to alienate Rupert Murdoch and cause Fox News to promote other candidates in the race.
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