Fox News host Tucker Carlson said he was angry that his private text messages about former President Trump were made public to fellow network employees as part of an ongoing defamation lawsuit facing the company.
“And I think that’s in the text, and all of those were taken quite illegally, in my opinion, in this court case, which I think I’m not allowed to talk about, but I’m angry that my private messages have been withdrawn,” Carlson said on Tuesday. while appearing on WABC Radio.
The top-rated conservative host’s text messages were made public earlier this month as part of a lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems against Fox, which is suing the conservative media giant for $1.6 billion alleging that the media company knowingly aired false allegations made by Trump and Trump. his aides after the 2020 elections.
In one text message exchange with a fellow Fox employee, Carlson said of Trump, “I hate him so much.”
“We’re so close to being able to ignore Trump most nights, I really can’t wait,” Carlson wrote in a letter to an anonymous Fox employee Jan. 4, 2021, according to a recent Dominion filing.
However, Carlson sought to take a different look at the president during the radio interview this week.
“Oh, let’s see. I spent four years defending his policies and I’m going to defend them again tonight,” Carlson said. “And actually, and I’m very straight forward, I love Trump. As a person, I think Trump is funny and insightful.”
He continued, “And I said this to Trump when he called me, you know, they’re all infected with these messages.” “It was a moment in time when I felt really angry.”
Fox has argued that text messages between its employees highlighted in the various filings were “selected” by Dominion to drum up media coverage of the case and has so far moved unsuccessfully to have the case dismissed on First Amendment grounds.
The hosts’ comment comes on the same day that a Delaware judge is scheduled to issue summary judgment ahead of an expected jury trial next month.
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