Tucker’s World Tour & Gaetzgate

Matt Gaetz promised to start “every single day in Congress with the prayer, the pledge and the motion to vacate,” unless Kevin McCarthy meets his alleged commitments.
Matt Gaetz promised to start “every single day in Congress with the prayer, the pledge and the motion to vacate,” unless Kevin McCarthy meets his alleged commitments. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images
Tina Nguyen
September 13, 2023

Web video host Tucker Carlson has been rather busy since joining Elon Musk on X. In his quest to remain relevant and kick his former employers in the shins, he’s taken his paranoid style global, jetting around the world to foment various populist revolts: Over the past several weeks, he’s taped interviews with rising far-right politicians in Buenos Aires, Budapest, the U.K. and Romania. At the moment, I’m told, he’s traveling in the Middle East, scheduling interviews with world leaders. 

Among the interviews that have already been published are Carlson’s dialogues with accused sex trafficker and men’s rights influencer Andrew Tate in Romania over the summer, and his conversation with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, which went live last week. Coming up is Carlson’s interview with Javier Milei, a right-wing presidential candidate in Argentina with distinctly Trumpian vibes, which will go live in the coming weeks. As for his appearances in the Middle East, a source close to Carlson told me: “All I can say is every world leader over that way… literally all of them… are very interested in speaking with Tucker.” (Netanyahu? Assad? The source declined to push back when I asked if Mohammed bin Salman was on the schedule.)