We have this global pandemic, which did not come out of nowhere, it came out in very slow motion over a period of months. They (PLs) refused to even pay attention because Trump’s impeachment was going on. Here Freddy Gray talks with Tucker Carlson about the Fox News host’s early grasp of the Coronavirus situation and recent trip to Mar-a-Lago to interview the president. Gray writes in Spectator USA (abridged)
FG: But I think you’re being too self-effacing here, because you went to Mar-a-Lago, didn’t you, you went to a party, which Trump was at.
TC: Well, I didn’t mean to go to the party. Actually, I didn’t know there was a party in progress. I literally walked into it without knowing. I went only to talk to the president, and I did it on my own. I didn’t tell my bosses at Fox. I didn’t want to get the network involved. And it had nothing to do with Fox whatsoever. I was only going because I thought that I could. And I thought that I should use the opportunity to do some small piece of good if I could. And I was encouraged by my wife, who is a fervent Anglican. I didn’t want to go at all, actually, at all. But my wife’s point was ‘you have the opportunity to do this and it’s the right thing to do and you should get the car and go do it.’ So, I drove for four hours and I did it.
I didn’t say, by the way, anything that I haven’t said a million times on my show. I just felt that I should. And I don’t know if it had an effect. I haven’t talked to him since; I don’t plan to. It’s very much not my job to do things like that but in this one case, I thought I should.
I would argue that Trump’s genius is more specific even than that. It’s not that he has an intuitive grasp on what to do. He’s not a natural policy guy. For example, I think Trump’s genius is in feeling a threat. So, Trump brilliantly identified what the main threats to America are. Globalization is a huge threat to the country.
And the things that are going to undo us are, you know, dependence on foreign supply chains for critical goods, for example, such as pharmaceuticals or military equipment; the death of the middle class; unrestrained immigration.
I think there’s no question about how thoroughly the coronavirus pandemic ratifies Trump’s predictions. I mean, he said China was a problem; that international trade exposed America in dangerous ways. Those are both true. They’ve always been true. And now it’s very hard to deny that they are true. I mean, is anybody going say, as the all Democratic candidates did three months ago, ‘we need to let the rest of the world to come in here and use our healthcare system for free.’ Really? Are you really going to say that right now? ‘We need five million more people from the third world living in America tomorrow —it will make us stronger.’ I mean, I don’t think there’s a single person who believes that.?
I don’t think Joe Biden will be the candidate in November. I don’t have any special knowledge of it, but Joe Biden is in cognitive decline. Everyone around him knows that.