Former NFL star Brett Favre, unapologetic about his conservative views and a vocal supporter of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, echoed a sentiment common in the freedom- and truth-loving corners of America by standing by Tucker Carlson after he was unceremoniously dumped by Fox News.
Favre’s support came in the form of commenting on a clip of Megyn Kelly’s podcast, in which she observed the traditional news model of gatekeeping is over. Kelly’s read of the post-Tucker era is that Fox is trying to rebuild and maintain its brand without him.
“You’re not going to go to digital media. You’re going to tune in to the Fox News primetime,” Kelly said.
“You black dogs. It’s what you always do. It’s how they have billions. That’s what’s happening here. Keep him silent on the sidelines for as long as possible, unable to use his voice on any of these things, on Fox, on politics, on anything. And we will win in the end, like we always do.”
Favre shared Kelly’s take, suggesting that Fox needed to give Carlson room to speak – he is currently muzzled per his contract – and until then, perhaps even past then, fans of the independent-minded journalist should boycott the largest “conservative” media outlet in the country.
Favre tweeted, “I’m with Tucker. Time to boycott Fox until they come to their senses and let the man speak.”
I’m with Tucker. Time to boycott Fox until they come to their senses and let the man speak. pic.twitter.com/dvrNlLdvgW
— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) May 8, 2023
Favre has been unafraid to share his political takes on Twitter. In late October 2020, just days ahead of the election, he came out for Donald Trump by saying the former president stood for the many freedoms we love in this country.
“My Vote is for what makes this country great, freedom of speech & religion, 2nd Amnd, hard working tax paying citizens, police & military. In this election, we have freedom of choice, which all should respect. For me & these principles, my Vote is for @RealDonaldTrump,” he wrote.
My Vote is for what makes this country great, freedom of speech & religion, 2nd Amnd, hard working tax paying citizens, police & military. In this election, we have freedom of choice, which all should respect. For me & these principles, my Vote is for @RealDonaldTrump. #Vote ☑️🇺🇸
— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) October 30, 2020
Fox News wrote at the time of that tweet that the Mississippian would likely have little impact on the overall election. Still, he was a long-time Wisconsinite and that state was one of a handful of pivotal, decisive electoral battlegrounds. Fox said in 2020:
The former Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings quarterback is from Mississippi, which has mostly been a red state in the last handful of presidential elections
The state voted for Trump in the 2016 general election, Sen. Mitt Romney in 2012, Sen. John McCain in 2008, George W. Bush in 2004 and 2000 and Sen. Bob Dole in 1996. The state hasn’t been blue since 1976, when the state leaned to Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Mississippi has six electoral votes.
Favre has been in Trump’s corner for some time. He told the Washington Examiner earlier this month that he played golf with the president over the summer and was surprised by how much he wanted to talk football. He said he didn’t agree with everything Trump did but he thought he was doing a good job.
Featured image: The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
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