MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow offered up a vigorous defense of her former colleague and Fox News superstar Tucker Carlson.
Maddow, one of President Trump’s staunchest critics, told Mediaite in an interview that Tucker has always held the same beliefs, opposed to his critics who speculate that he made a calculated decision to adopt a new persona to profit off of the rise of Trump.
Rachel Maddow dismissed a common criticism of Tucker Carlson: That he has changed his beliefs.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) December 18, 2020
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“I think the thing that Tucker gets a knock for — that he doesn’t deserve — is this idea that he’s evolved and changed in some radical new direction,” Maddow explained. “Tucker has always been that guy. He is legitimately that guy. He is not faking it. He comes by his beliefs and his convictions and even his tone of voice quite naturally. He is not putting it on.”
Maddow went on to argue that Carlson often took a similar position to the one held by President Donald Trump — he was simply able to express that position in a way that was less likely to drive people away.
She added that someone with Tucker’s rhetorical abilities automatically becomes “a very powerful political force.”