Fox’s Carlson runs ‘a protection racket’ says GOP megadonor adviser. ‘You pay Tucker or you become a target’

  • 12/10/2019 10:53 am ET Sunny Hundal
Tucker Carlson runs 'protection racket' says GOP donor adviser. 'You pay him or you become a target'

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A war of words has broken out between Fox News host Tucker Carlson and a top GOP donor, one that is unlikely to end well for the bombastic host.

Carlson is picking a fight with Paul Singer—a New York hedge-fund manager who has regularly donated millions to the GOP—on his show for reasons that seem to be unclear.

Carlson the anti-capitalist?

In a recent segment on his show, Carlson zeroed in on Singer’s hedge fund’s minority stake in the retailer Cabela’s.

The Fox News host alleged that the fund forced the sale of the sports retailer, costing thousands of jobs in Sidney, Nebraska. He went on to claim that as a result of the sale and jobs lost, the town suffered badly.

But the mayor of Sidney disputed his portrayal of Singer almost ‘single-handedly’ destroying the town.

Carlson ranted:

“Why is it still allowed in this country? Because people like Paul Singer have tremendous influence over our political process. Singer himself was the second biggest donor to the Republican Party in 2016. He’s given millions to a super PAC that supports Republican senators. You may never have heard of Paul Singer. But in Washington, he’s rock-star famous.”

Complicated relationship

But according to the Daily Beast, Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller had earlier approached Paul Singer for donations to his nonprofit arm, the Daily Caller News Foundation. It seems they weren’t very lucky.

Are the two incidents related? We don’t know. But Paul Singer’s advisor doesn’t hold back:

“There was no principle at stake here.

“This is how a protection racket operates—you pay Tucker or you become a target. And he now has a much bigger platform to pursue his vendettas.”

 

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