Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson predicted on Monday, Nov. 25, that former President Barack Obama refused to back former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race because there is still a possibility that his wife Michelle Obama might join the race.
The former first lady said in an interview on Conan O’Brien’s podcast in March this year that she won’t be seeking public office because she was “not interested in politics” and her fears “the loss of anonymity.”
Carlson however speculated that Democrats could be expecting some “surprises” on their way to the 2020 presidential race.
“If you’re wondering who the Democratic nominee will be, don’t bet against Michelle Obama,” Carlson said, citing “signs” that Michelle Obama’s insistence of ruling out a presidential run could actually be false.
“If Obama had endorsed Biden, the race would be over,” the Fox host explained. “Obama hasn’t endorsed Joe Biden because he doesn’t want to. Why? Maybe he’s got other plans. Obama’s presidential memoir was also supposed to come out this year. Now, its release has been delayed until the middle of the Democratic primaries. In other words, at exactly the moment when Democrats will be thinking deeply about how to beat Trump, America will be talking about the Obamas. Coincidence? Maybe.”
Michelle Obama’s lack of interest in running for president could be “unusual,” Carlson said in speculation, owing to the fact that the “current [Democratic] field is so weak that it’s inviting a lot of new entrants.”
However, the Democratic Party “is ripping itself apart over race and gender and class,” Carlson pointed out, noting that the former first lady is perhaps “one of the only people who could unite the party’s warring factions.”
The Fox host then theorized that Michelle Obama’s newly released book could be what would bring her to join the race, amid a time when Democrats are in search of ways to best President Donald Trump.
Carlson also warned viewers to expect surprising additions to the Democratic pool of presidential candidates as Michelle Obama, according to a July 18 YouGov yearly survey, has become the world’s most admired woman—surpassing even actress Angelina Jolie.
“One of the main lessons of Donald Trump’s 2016 election is that you never really know. Unexpected things happen far more often than we imagine,” Carlson said, before playing a 2006 video of former President Obama insisting he didn’t have plans on competing for the Oval Office in 2008. “Just months after he did that, Barack Obama joined the presidential race. Three years later, almost to the day, he was inaugurated president of the United States.”