About ten minutes into his Fox News show on Wednesday night, Tucker Carlson did a brief aside about Donald Trump’s interviews with reporter Bob Woodward, which make up much of the substance of Woodward’s new book, “Rage”. But Tucker’s target in this rant wasn’t Woodward — it was Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who Tucker claimed “brokered” Trump’s relationship with Woodward.
Here’s what Tucker said:
“You may have seen the news today about Bob Woodward’s new book, which apparently spends 480 pages trashing the president. It’s coming up next week, just in time to influence the election. None of that should surprise you — Bob Woodward dislikes Donald Trump. He’s been very clear about that,” Tucker whined.
“Woodward works for Jeff Bezos’s personal newspaper, the Washington Post, which has made defeating Donald Trump its all-consuming mission, so of course Bob Woodward’s book is exactly what you thought it would be. What’s surprising is that Donald Trump participated in making the book. The president sat for repeated interviews with Bob Woodward. Why in the world would he do that?”
Tucker, of course, had a scapegoat ready. Though he didn’t name his source.
“Well tonight, from a source who knows the answer to that mystery: Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. It was Lindsey Graham who helped convince Donald Trump to talk to Bob Woodward. Lindsey Graham brokered that meeting. Lindsey Graham even sat in on the first interview between Bob Woodward and the president. How’d that turn out?” Carlson complained.
And that’s when Tucker went directly at Graham, taking the blame entirely off Trump for willingly participating in 18 separate interviews with Woodward.
“Now remember, Lindsey Graham is supposed to be a Republican, so why would he do something like that? You’d have to ask him, but keep in mind that Lindsey Graham has opposed — passionately opposed — virtually every major policy initiative that Donald Trump articulated when he first ran from ending illegal immigration, to pulling back from pointless wars, to maintaining law and order at home. Lindsey Graham was against all of that more than many Democrats. So maybe you already know the answer.”
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Woodward’s book has caused many a shockwave across the media landscape on Wednesday. The detail that’s gotten the most traction thus far is that in early February, Trump described the coronavirus to Woodward as being much more dangerous than the seasonal flu — even while repeatedly and publicly downplaying the virus as being less deadly than the flu.
You can watch Tucker Carlson’s rant about Lindsey Graham’s role in Trump’s interviews with Bob Woodward in the video embedded in this article.