The hotly contested claim that Ron DeSantis kicked a dog belonging to Tucker Carlson came from the TV host himself, it has been claimed.
The anecdote was revealed by author Michael Wolff in his bombshell book The Fall: The End of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty.
But Wolff has now revealed that he was told by the dog owner in question.
‘The source on this is Tucker himself,’ Wolff told Mediaite, ‘I just reflect what he told me. I can’t tell you whether that happened or not, I can tell you with the greatest authority that that’s what he said happened.’
Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson has interviewed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis repeatedly, but a dinner invitation to meet their wives went disastrously wrong it is claimed
Carlson’s wife Susie walking one of the couple’s four dogs near their Florida homes
Provocative author Michael Wolff (pictured) detailed the shocking allegations in his upcoming book titled The Fall: The End of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty, which is due to be published on September 26
The book claims that Carlson thought about running for president to escape his Fox News contract, Rupert Murdoch thought Fox presenter Sean Hannity ‘retarded’, and that Murdoch’s then wife Jerry Hall called him a homophobe.
But with DeSantis facing the wrath of animal lovers both he and Carlson have been at pains to deny the dog story, with the TV host calling it ‘totally made up’ and the governor calling it ‘false and absurd’.
Carlson invited DeSantis and his wife Casey for lunch at his home in the spring of last year when the Florida governor was catching Donald Trump in the polls for the race to win the Republican presidential nomination.
Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch had urged his presenters to give DeSantis a hearing, but things turned sour when the governor arrived at Carlson’s Boca Grande home for the intimate occasion with the anchor and his wife Susie.
Carlson’s wife is described in the book as a ‘genteel, stay-at-home woman’, whose world is ‘her children, her dogs, and the books she was reading’.
‘The DeSantises were put to the Susie Carlson test,’ the book claims.
‘They failed it miserably. They had a total inability to read the room
‘For two hours Ron DeSantis sat at her table talking in an outdoor voice indoors, failing to observe any basics of conversation ritual or propriety, reeling off an unselfconscious list of his programs and initiatives and political accomplishments.
‘The Carlsons are dog people with four spaniels, the progeny of other spaniels they have had before, who sleep in their bed.
‘DeSantis pushed the dog under the table. Had he kicked the dog?
‘Susie Carlson’s judgment was clear: She did not ever want to be anywhere near anybody like that ever again.
‘Her husband agreed. DeSantis, in Carlson’s view, was a ‘fascist.’ Forget Ron DeSantis.’
DeSantis, pictured with wife Casey, ‘totally misread the room’ when the couple were invited for lunch with Carlson and his wife Susie, the book claims
Tucker and Susan (pictured in 2019) have been married since 1991 and share four kids
The DeSantis campaign hit back, calling the ‘totality’ of that story ‘absurd and false’.
‘Some will say or write anything to attack Ron DeSantis because they know he presents a threat to their worldview,’ a spokesman claimed.
Carslon, 54, was fired by Fox News in April his year in the aftermath of its disastrous $786million defamation settlement with Dominion Voting Systems over airing false claims that its equipment switched votes from Trump to Joe Biden.
He has since relaunched himself on X – formerly Twitter – spiking his old employers with a live Trump interview last month as they were hosting the first Republican presidential candidates’ debate.
He did not deny that he thought DeSantis a ‘fascist’ but insisted last week that the dog anecdote was untrue.
‘This is absurd, he never touched my dog, obviously,’ he told Insider.
Asked if Carlson was lying, Wolff said: ‘I don’t know, maybe he exaggerated. Maybe he lied. I don’t know. Maybe he regrets saying that. I have no idea.
‘As I said, this is from the horse’s mouth.’