Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who is an avid ally of former President Donald Trump, stunned his viewers by declining to endorse Trump's campaign for President. While many saw it as Carlson simply withholding his opinion, his decision to delay his endorsement speaks volumes.
Carlson attended Turning Point USA's AmericaFest in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday and was asked who he preferred for the Republican nominee between Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Carlson gave DeSantis a glowing review saying, "I spend a lot of time in Florida, and I think Ron DeSantis has done an unbelievable job. And I mean that. I don't know DeSantis that well but let me put it this way — people move to Florida because he's the governor. I've lived in a lot of states. I grew up in California. I've lived in D.C., Rhode Island, Arkansas. I've lived in this country for over 50 years. I know it pretty well, and I've never lived in a state where people at dinner are like, 'I'm really glad we have our governor.'"
But it was Carlson's ending statement that illustrated just how strong DeSantis's profile has grown.
Carlson continued by saying, "At this point, it does seem like two forces are moving toward one another at high speed, and how could that go well? I am completely comfortable putting my total ignorance on full and florid display and telling you, 'I have no freaking idea.'"
A year ago, it seemed hard to imagine Carlson not giving a full-throated endorsement of Trump. Now with DeSantis looking like a younger and better version of Trump, it's clear the momentum is swinging, and Carlson is playing it safe.