In recent commentary that has ignited both concern and controversy, conservative pundit Tucker Carlson claims we’re “speeding toward assassination” regarding President Donald Trump. While this shocking assertion drew considerable attention, analyzing the sequence of events that led Carlson to such a grim conclusion is critical.
Speaking this week with Adam Carolla, Carlson argued that Trump has been the object of “criticism, protests, impeachments, and indictments” yet remains a powerful contender for the 2024 presidential race. Carlson said, “permanent Washington, both parties, have decided that there’s something about Trump” that they find “so threatening” they can’t allow him another term. “I’ve never been this worried about anything as I am about where this is going,” he emphasized.
BREAKING: Tucker Carlson suggests Donald Trump may be assassinated after the impeachments, indictments and slander campaigns all failed in hurting his popularity.
“We're speeding toward assassination, obviously, and no one will say that…”
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Given Joe Biden’s age and what Carlson describes as his “senile” condition, the presidency’s future is even more uncertain. These factors, Carlson argues, set the stage for a “collision that’s clearly imminent.” He suggests that a power vacuum at the top could lead to dire consequences.
Carlson’s argument hinges on an escalating pattern: “If you begin with criticism, then you go to protest. Then you go to impeachment. Now you go to indictment and none of them work. What’s next?”
Polls show Trump leading among potential GOP candidates for 2024. He has been tried in the court of public opinion, survived two impeachments and several legal challenges, and his popularity has risen through it all. As Carlson puts it, “They fabricated a lot about what happened on January 6 in order to impeach him again. It didn’t work. He became more popular.” When traditional political methods have been exhausted, what alternative remains?
The concept that a sitting or former U.S. President could be targeted in such a grave manner is unprecedented in recent American history. Yet, the notion isn’t entirely baseless given the current political climate, where divisions seem to be deepening rather than healing. The sheer animosity aimed at Trump from establishment politicians and media outlets may be a litmus test for the health of the nation’s political discourse.
One point of concern is that the polarization in America has reached such a stage where even discussing the likelihood of extreme actions isn’t off the table. This reflects an alarming escalation in rhetoric that doesn’t bode well for the nation. In June, conservative commentator Dan Bongino also cited bad actors, both domestic and foreign, as potential threats to Trump, stating there’s a “unique, witches’ brew of threat for this guy.”
The topic of assassination was openly discussed by Carlson in an interview last week with Trump. The post of the interview amassed a quarter of a billion views on X, formerly known as Twitter, and underscores its resonance with a significant portion of Americans. The commentary is a stark reminder that the nation’s political climate has reached a level of volatility where the unthinkable is being thought, and the unspeakable is being spoken.
While it’s crucial to be cautious in taking such dire predictions at face value, the underlying sentiment exposes a pressing need for renewed civility and unity in American politics. Otherwise, the trajectory we’re on could lead us to a very dark place indeed.