Fox News host Tucker Carlson is accusing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) of trying to sabotage President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
During a segment on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson discussed Trump’s interview with leftist reporter Bob Woodward, which has gone viral this week.
Woodward released a snippet from the interview that features Trump trying to downplay the severity of the coronavirus.
Carlson, just hours after recordings of Woodward’s interviews with Trump were released, said it is “surprising” that Trump sat for interviews with Woodward for the book.
“Why in the world would he do that? Well, tonight from a source who knows the answer to that mystery, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina,” Carlson said, without naming his source.
Tucker then really let loose.
“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 asked.
Carlson also questioned Graham’s loyalty to the Republican Party and president during his show.
“Lindsey Graham is supposed to be a Republican, so why would he do something like that?” Carlson asked.
“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.”
Tucker Carlson says that he has a source who told him that it was Sen. Lindsey Graham who brokered the interview between President Trump and Bob Woodward pic.twitter.com/FchaQvnAoY
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Trump himself addressed his decision to sit for interviews with Woodward during an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Wednesday, after Carlson’s show.
Trump said it “wasn’t a big deal” that he spoke with Woodward and that he “almost definitely” won’t read the book because he “doesn’t have time.”
Asked by reporters if he downplayed the virus or misled the public after the recordings were released, Trump told reporters, “If you said in order to reduce panic, perhaps that’s so.”
“The fact is I’m a cheerleader for this country. I love our country,” Trump added. “I don’t want people to be frightened. I don’t want to create panic, as you say, and certainly, I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy.”