Donald Trump Jr. says Fox News is run by “left-wing executives” who plan to “hit back” at him for criticizing the network’s decision to fire conservative pundit Tucker Carlson.
Fox News abruptly announced Carlson’s departure on April 24, shocking the media world. The move also sparked outrage from Trump Jr. and a significant number of other prominent conservatives who had become devoted viewers of Carlson’s late-night opinion show.
Trump Jr., the eldest son of former President Donald Trump, claimed in a tweet Wednesday that his “Fox News friends” told him his disapproval of Carlson’s departure enraged “lefties” and “RINOs.” or “nominal Republicans”. only”, which is supposed to manage the network.
“I heard from a couple of my friends at Fox News that the left-wing executives running things there are pissed at me for calling them about Tucker’s firing and for ‘expecting retaliation “”, Trump Jr. tweeted. “A lot of good people still work at Fox, but their RINO management is at war with the conservatives!”
Newsweek contacted Fox News via email for comment.
Trump Jr. has repeatedly denounced Fox News, on social media and his Sets off podcast, for the 10 days since Carlson’s exit announcement.
In a tweet on Tuesday, he alleged the network was trying to “smear Tucker Carlson” and “attack” all conservatives by “leaking” a January 7, 2021 text message to The New York Times.
“Fox News leaks to the left New York Times Smearing Tucker Carlson isn’t just an attack on Tucker, it’s an attack on all of his fans and conservatives everywhere!” Trump Jr. tweeted.
The text message published by the Timewhich allegedly led to Carlson being fired by Fox News’ board, featured the conservative pundit saying he had hoped a group of “Trump guys” would beat and “kill” an “Antifa kid.”
Carlson went on to slam Trump supporters for “skipping” the “Antifa child”, calling it “dishonorable” because it was “not the way white men fight”. He went on to say that he realized that “the Antifa creep is a human being” and that he shouldn’t have wished for his death.
Trump Jr. also lambasted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, his father’s chief GOP presidential opponent, on Sunday for failing to publicly condemn Fox News over Carlson’s ouster.
While Carlson will no longer appear on Fox News, his comment appears to remain in high demand among conservatives. A video Carlson shared on Twitter days after leaving the network quickly went viral, receiving more than 23 million views in the week since its premiere. downloaded.
A survey conducted exclusively for Newsweek and published this week found that 36% of Americans would be “very likely” or “probable” to watch Carlson if he launched his own “indie internet show.”
Despite the likelihood that Carlson’s return to punditry will be supported by large audiences, it’s unclear if he would be legally able to launch his own show or appear on another network in the near future.
The terms of Carlson’s contract with Fox News are not publicly known, with the possibility that he agreed to a non-compete clause that would prevent him from broadcasting for the duration of the contract.