Tucker Carlson has been shaking things up on the Fox News Channel since his show debuted last month.
He has confronted everyone from members of Congress to college students.
According to Nielsen Media Research, his program “Tucker Carlson Tonight” gave Fox News a 71 percent improvement from November 2015 with an average of 3,283,000 viewers — the highest since 2012. This is more than CNN and MSNBC combined.
Now Carlson is duking it out with Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald, who recently claimed that Trump was in a mental hospital. Eichenwald tweeted the claim earlier this week, but promptly deleted it.
Carlson repeatedly asked Eichenwald if he had proof that Donald Trump was committed, but the Newsweek writer demurred, offering instead a verbose explanation that didn’t answer the question.
“I knew from people inside the Trump Organization that they were deeply concerned about his condition that he was getting reckless, that he was getting impulsive,” Eichenwald told Carlson. “That he wasn’t sleeping. That he was speaking with these sort of great variations of grandeur that he could do anything. And in 1990, because he did so many deals that were so reckless, his whole empire was going into bankruptcy. And he was going through a divorce. And I was told that there was — now, let me say, I’m talking about reporting process. So I’m saying here is what I was told.”
The Fox News host repeatedly asked Eichenwald if he had proof Trump had been had been admitted to a mental hospital, but it only irritate him further.
Eichenwald later brandished a folder that said “Tucker Carlson Falsehoods” and mentioned the CIA and fallen agents.
“This is a little nutty, I gotta be honest,” Carlson said.
Watch the exchange here: