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Fox News host Tucker Carlson said he’s “not a restaurant guy anymore” because of the way he’s treated when he dines out in Washington, D.C.
“I can’t really go to a lot of restaurants anymore because I get yelled at,” he said on a National Review podcast released Monday. “I don’t feel threatened, but having someone scream, ‘Fuck you!’ at a restaurant, it just wrecks your meal.”
Carlson said he only goes to one restaurant these days. “I go there because I love it and nobody hassles me,” he said. “I can’t wait for this revolution to end, so I can go back out to dinner.” (He’s known to be a regular at The Palm, a steak house.)
On his show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, he’s criticized progressives for harassing Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz out of restaurants in D.C. “If you scream at someone to the point where they have to leave the restaurant, that’s an act of wild aggression,” he said last week.
The former CNN and MSNBC host used the hourlong podcast to unpack some of his points of disagreement with President Donald Trump and to push back on the narrative that he’s essentially in cahoots with Trump’s messaging operation.
“His personal shortcomings have hamstrung his agenda, in my opinion,” said Carlson, who told host Jamie Weinstein that he doesn’t focus his commentary on his viewer in the White House and would never program based on just one person.
Carlson said the mainstream media has not yet grappled with the reasons why voters chose to elect Trump in November 2016. “There’s no reason to elect Donald Trump president,” he said. “There’s literally no reason.”
Carlson said he’s confident he understands Donald Trump the man. “Trump is really, really funny,” he said. “And probably like about 20 percent of what Trump says he says because it amuses him.”
Carlson also expressed strong support for attorney general Jeff Sessions, who is criticized frequently by the network’s opinion hosts, most notably Judge Jeanine Pirro, who has called repeatedly for him to quit.
While the host conveys a heavy dose of self-confidence to Fox News viewers, he admitted that he’s gotten plenty of things wrong over the years. “It’s not like I’ve always been right and everyone else is dumb,” he said. “I’ve been plenty dumb, on television, too, so you can check it if you want. There’s no hiding from my dumbness.”
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