As octogenarian President Joe Biden seeks another term in the White House amid economic turmoil, international uncertainty and deepening concerns about his own cognitive health, many pundits have joined GOP front-runner Donald Trump in describing the 2024 presidential election as one of, if not the most important in U.S. history.
While the stakes are clearly quite high for the nation’s future, the political climate appears to be ushering in a particularly unusual electoral season.
Former Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson shared his forecast during a recent speech in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I flew out here across the country this morning and spent five hours texting people … and I’ve got to tell you, every single person I texted — with the exception of my wife, who’s not on the internet at all — was angry and paranoid,” he began.
Clarifying that “these are not crazy people,” Carlson said that he is hearing anger and intense frustration from “normal good people with, like, kids and stuff, with a vested interest in Americans’ success.”
He went on to assert that such Americans are “the people you want voting” in the next election, arguing that their feelings are justified given the current state of affairs. As tensions continue to mount, however, he said that things are bound to reach a boiling point.
“I’m just telling you once again what you already know, which is this is going to be — the next year is going to be, I think I’d be my house on it, really like nothing we’ve ever seen in this country,” Carlson opined. “And everyone can kind of feel that. You know, most of our perceptions come through intuition rather than reason.”
Comparing that intuition to the insight that dog owners feel when something is wrong with their pet, he added: “If something bad is about to happen, everybody gets jumpy. And everybody’s really jumpy right now.”
Addressing the likelihood of a rematch of the 2020 general election, Carlson urged voters to trust their guts instead of partisan media talking points.
“You’ve got two people running for president,” he said. “One of them is literally senile, yet he’s standing for re-election at the age of 80.”
Biden turned 81 earlier this week.
As for Trump, Carlson noted that he continues to defy expectations by becoming even more popular despite mounting legal trouble, including multiple criminal trials.
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“Nothing that is happening now or that has happened for the last five or six years can be explained through conventional political terms,” he concluded.