Trump campaign senior advisor Susie Wiles released a powerful statement on the heels of Wednesday night’s first Republican debate of the 2024 election cycle, declaring the 45th president as the winner in a “dominating fashion.”
She explained, “President Trump won this evening’s Republican debate in dominating fashion. More people watched President Trump’s interview with Tucker Carlson than the rest of the field on the debate stage combined.”
Wiles continued, “Tonight, voters saw a clear contrast between President Trump engaging in a thoughtful policy discussion about what his second term will look like versus 90-second canned sound bites and platitudes from the debate stage.”
Just five minutes before the scheduled start time of the Republican primary debate in Milwaukee on Wednesday, former Fox News host Tucker Carlson dropped a nearly 50-minute-long interview with President Trump on X. The video garnered tens of millions of views within the first 20 minutes of posting.
By Thursday morning, the interview had hit a staggering 200 million views and counting.
Wiles added, “What is clear after the dust settles: none of the other candidates looked ready to take on Crooked Joe Biden. Only one leader can Make America Great Again, and that’s President Donald J. Trump.”
President Trump commented on the success of his interview with Carlson, writing on Truth Social, “The Tucker Carlson Interview with me was a BLOCKBUSTER. Could hit 200,000,000 Views, and more! Thank you! I hope it was enjoyed by everyone.”
According to new polling data from McLaughlin & Associates, President Trump holds 51 percent of Republican support for the 2024 primary nomination, with businessman Vivek Ramaswamy coming in as runner-up with 13 percent of support, indicating a five-point swing toward the young candidate.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., lost four points in their poll, dropping to third with just nine percent support. Head-to-head, Trump dominated the race for the primary nomination against DeSantis at 72 percent against 28 percent.