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With Tucker Carlson's ouster, House GOP loses a key ally and agitator

By Paul Kane

26 Apr 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

How did one ousted Fox News personality manage to shape the direction of an entire political party? The Post's Paul Kane examines the phenomenon of Tucker Carlson's grip on House Republicans.

A day after trying to rally House Republicans to support Ukraine, Boris Johnson confessed that he met stiff resistance because the lawmakers feared one man who opposed the war.

"I've been amazed and horrified by how many people are frightened of a guy called Tucker Carlson," the former British prime minister said, drawing laughter from the Atlantic Council audience on Feb. 1. "Has anybody heard of somebody called - has anybody heard of Tucker Carlson?"

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