Trump misleadingly claims his Tucker Carlson interview got nearly 20 times more viewers than the GOP debate

Donald Trump has boasted that 250 million individuals watched his interview with Tucker Carlson, nearly 20 times the viewing figures for the GOP presidential major debate.

However the declare doesn’t inform the full image.

Video metrics on Elon Musk’s rebranded social media platform X register a view if a consumer watches only some seconds of a clip, or just scrolls previous it on their telephone.

“Anybody who’s logged into Twitter who views a Tweet counts as a view, no matter the place they see the Tweet… or whether or not or not they comply with the creator,” the site states.

Mr Trump’s 46-minute interview with Mr Carlson was posted to X minutes earlier than his eight rivals for the Republican presidential nomination took to the stage in the first debate in a large snub to Ruper Murdoch’s rightwing cable channel.

“231,000,000 views and counting,” Mr Trump wrote on his social media platform on Thursday.

By Friday morning, the quantity had handed 254 million. Mr Trump went on to falsely declare it was the “largest video on social media EVER, more than double the Tremendous Bowl!”

He additionally boosted a submit claiming his scores had topped Oprah and Michael Jackson interviews.

The 2 hour GOP major debate debate broadcast on Fox Information and Fox Enterprise attracted 12.8 million views, in accordance with Nielsen scores knowledge.

Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson previous to their interview on Wednesday night time


That was greater than most debates in the 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns. The primary GOP major debate in 2015, which Mr Trump appeared on, drew 24 million viewers to double the earlier document.

The community stated it was the “highest-rated non-sports cable telecast of 2023”.

CNN and MSNBC additionally loved a lift in scores for his or her post-debate protection.

In the 11pm to 1am time slot, MSNBC drew 2.1 million common viewers, whereas CNN attracted 1.2 million.

The fiery debate featured eight candidates, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.

On Thursday, Mr Trump turned himself into Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, the place he was booked and had his mugshot taken on prices stemming from his efforts to overturn the Georgia presidential election.

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