MADISON, Wis. — New reporting from Heartland Signal unveiled that as national Republicans line up behind Eric Hovde (R–Laguna Beach) to run for Senate, he paid at least $8,000 to have Tucker Carlson come to Wisconsin to spout lies about the 2020 election and anti-abortion rhetoric.
Hovde has a history of promoting Tucker Carlson’s conspiracy theories, including the anti-semitic great reset conspiracy.
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- Probable Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate Eric Hovde sponsored a fundraising event where Tucker Carlson espoused election stealing and anti-abortion rhetoric.
- The event was held last Wednesday at John K. Maclver Institute for Public Policy in Brookfield, Wis. According to social media posts from those who attended the conservative think-tank’s event, Carlson was “most upset” at Ohio voters after they approved a ballot measure to establish a constitutional right to reproductive rights the day prior. He also reiterated his belief that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and that Joe Biden should not be president (Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 election.)
- Hovde was among several sponsors in the “Madison Level,” which means he spent at least $8,000 on VIP tickets according to the event’s pricing page on PayPal.
- In the past, Hovde has also shown interest in the “Great Reset” conspiracy theory, which has many branching storylines like the implementation of a central world government, global elites destroying American sovereignty and fusing humans with cyborgs. Carlson routinely promoted these often antisemitic theories on his Fox News show before his firing in 2023.
- The theories spawned after the World Economic Forum, which is the organization behind the annual Davos conference, announced the Great Reset Initiative in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Conspiracies also contend that “global elites” like George Soros and Jewish people orchestrated events to set up a central world government (They did not.)
- During an appearance on “The Vicki McKenna Show,” a conservative talk show in Wisconsin, Hovde endorsed the Great Reset conspiracy.
- “Yeah. Well, the Davos crowd, there’s no question, you know, they want the Great Reset,” Hovde said. “They’re so blatant and open about it, they talk about it now. And, you know, they do believe that we want one central world government, and they know that the United States has been a bulwark against that.”
- Hovde has not committed to running for the Senate, but he will likely emerge as the frontrunner on the Republican side to take on incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) next year. Hovde has spent the last few months attending fundraising events and speaking at forums.