Tucker Carlson admitted on Wednesday that he’s “never been this worried about anything” as much as he is about where the country is headed under a deep state that repeatedly targets its political enemies and “rigs” elections instead of acting on voters’ desires.
Carlson made his anxieties about the state of our constitutional republic known in an interview with Adam Carolla, who asked the former Fox News host to weigh in on the coordinated effort by intelligence agencies and political elites to keep former President Donald Trump from taking back the White House.
To kick off the question, Carolla showed Carlson a clip of now-Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer telling MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in January 2017 that it was “dumb” for Trump to “take on the intelligence community” because “they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”
“From what I am told, they are very upset with how he has treated them and talked about them. And we need the intelligence community,” Schumer said.
Carlson said that every time he hears Schumer’s words in that clip, “it renders me speechless.”
“That’s the end of democracy,” Carlson remarked. “I don’t know how you can in the same sentence say ‘I’m for democracy’ and then say ‘actually, our country is run by a shadowy intel agency no one elected and no one has oversight over.”
Carlson said there’s no such thing as a “democratic republic if the CIA can punish you as an elected president for doing things that they don’t like.”
Outside of the authority of the president, Carlson continued, intelligence agencies like the CIA “have no constitutional legitimacy.”
“Our system is super simple. The people who are elected by the public have all the power. They have employees to whom they delegate that power to get things done, but those employees have no independent power at all and no independent legitimacy,” he said. “The CIA is a totally illegitimate criminal organization unless it is following precisely the orders of the elected president. Democrat or Republican, doesn’t matter.”
Carlson said that Schumer, in the 2017 interview, is “describing a crime.”
“The people committing that crime in the CIA should be in prison for long terms. That’s the great threat to democracy right there. And the fact that no one on that set could even see that tells you how deeply corrupted they are. That’s terrifying and it’s true,” Carlson added.
Unless the rampant corruption and coverups by agencies like the CIA are addressed and punished, Carlson said the U.S. will continue to “decline” and see its “democratic institutions weaken.”
Carolla asked if Carlson believes these agencies, which participated in the Russia collusion hoax and subdued information about Biden family corruption, will let Trump win re-election.
“No of course [not],” Carlson replied, listing off Demcorat’s failed attempts to protest, impeach, and now indict Trump out of the 2024 race.
“We’re speeding toward assassination, obviously, and no one will say that but I don’t know how you can’t reach that conclusion,” Carlson said. “They have decided, permanent Washington, both parties, have decided that there’s something about Trump that’s so threatening to them, they just can’t have it.”
Earlier in the interview, Carlson identified Trump as “a threat to the whole ecosystem of bullsh-t that makes Washington the richest city in the world and its suburbs, the richest suburbs.”
Democrats’ latest indictment scheme, Carlson said, is an attempt to send Trump “to prison for life for complaining about the last election,” which he is well within his First Amendment rights to do.
Carlson asked Trump during their sitdown earlier this month whether he feared for his life.
“Indictment is not working, your poll numbers go up,” Carlson said. “What’s next? Trying to put you in prison for the rest of your life, that’s not working. Don’t they have to kill you now?”
“I think the people of our country don’t get enough credit for how smart they are. But they get it, they really get it,” Trump replied.