When I think of an individual who has stood as a voice for working-class Americans in recent years, I think of no one else but the Fox News personality, Tucker Carlson. I was not always a Republican, nor even a traditional conservative. I thought the party was out of touch with the American people.
But, in 2016, my freshman year of high school came like a flash. A Presidential election was well underway, and so was Tucker Carlson Tonight. I remember the moment I first began watching the show. I was just scrolling through channels when Carlson came on calling out an “American elite.” I was instantly hooked.
Carlson, originally from California, was raised alongside his brother by his parents until 1976, when his parents’ marriage fell through and his mother decided to abandon the family, being raised by his father. Carlson’s dad wanted his kids to be “self-disciplined to the degree that I think is necessary to find satisfaction.” His parents had instilled in him a “modesty” that Carlson believes “at times, gets in my way … I know it’s immodest of me to say it, but it’s difficult sometimes when you want to beat your own drum and say what you really think. “
After graduating from Trinity college in 1991 with a degree in History, Carlson journeyed into the vast world of journalism originally serving as a fact-checker for Policy Review. He would then go on to write for The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC until landing a job with Fox News in 2009.
Carlson served as a frequently appearing guest for Fox and Friends on weekends as well as serving as Hannity’s substitute whenever he was absent. Carlson then got a show to call his own, Tucker Carlson Tonight, replacing On the Record.
When he went on the air, his show was like no other on cable television, and was considered a smash hit. It attracted millions of viewers and was the network’s most-viewed telecast in that time slot for its first year alone.
Carlson would see consistent success, with his ratings always being at the very least a top-three viewed show for the time slot, even reaching the number one spot this year after receiving consistently 5.3 million viewers—the highest average of any cable news program in history.
Carlson has a uniqueness to him, a trademark personality of calling out the American elites on both sides of the aisle.
Carlson, no matter the circumstance, always brings intuitiveness like no other and brings brutal honesty to the table. Carlson has been a vocal opponent of the “endless Middle Eastern wars” American has found itself in. He has also moved around in his economic views, originally being a libertarian, but eventually growing into a protectionist.
In his New York Times Bestseller, Ship of Fools, Carlson lays out the problem with the out of touch ruling class composed of elites within the industry, as well as within both political parties. In the book, he states that, “Trump’s election wasn’t about Trump. It was a throbbing middle finger in the face of America’s ruling class. It was a gesture of contempt, a howl of rage, the end result of decades of selfish and unwise decisions made by selfish and unwise leaders. Happy countries don’t elect Donald Trump president. Desperate ones do. In retrospect, the lesson seemed obvious: Ignore voters for long enough and you get Donald Trump.”
Carlson delved deep in the book pointing out the ruling class’s flaws, just as much as he does on his nightly show. In the very same book, he stated, “Countries can survive war and famines and disease. They cannot survive leaders who despise their own people.”
Tucker Carlson’s recent rise is an interesting journey, one symbolic of a new breed of conservatism. His political views have evolved over the years, and he has very much grown alongside the party. “It is nice to be around people who think differently than you. They challenge your ideas and keep you from being complacent.”
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.