Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewed a man on his show this week who claims that he used drugs and had sexual relations with Barack Obama before Obama was president.
Carlson’s interview of Larry Sinclair — who has been convicted and served significant time in jail for crimes involving deceit, and who reportedly did not pass a polygraph test administered in response to his allegations involving Obama — comes after recent reports highlighted that Obama wrote in letters to an ex-girlfriend that he sexually fantasized about men.
The interview was featured on X, formerly known as Twitter, where Carlson releases videos of interviews he conducts with various figures.
Ep. 22 Larry Sinclair says he had a night of crack cocaine-fueled sex with Barack Obama, and that Obama came back for more the next day. Assess for yourself. Here’s our interview. pic.twitter.com/R6CXwKv6gs
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) September 6, 2023
The post of the interview has garnered tens of millions of views and has prompted both praise and criticism. The interview has racked up more than 150,000 “likes,” even while some prominent figures online, including some close to Carlson, have questioned the credibility of Sinclair and the veracity of his claims.
X owner Elon Musk, who frequently promotes content created by Carlson, tweeted that he thought Sinclair was “not super convincing.”
“Of course, the probability that his claims are true would have to rest on objective evidence, rather than claims made by someone with a dubious history,” Musk added.
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, who appeared on Carlson’s show in the episode prior to Sinclair, called the guest “the least trustworthy human” he has ever known.
“I met Larry Sinclair when I was doing my Tucker thing a couple weeks ago. I would trust Anna Delvey before I trusted anything Larry Sinclair said,” Portnoy wrote. “Top to bottom maybe the least trustworthy human I’ve ever laid eyes on. I’d say his story has 0.0% of being true and that’s generous.”
For his part, Carlson presented the interview as a chance to let Sinclair fully voice the claims he made first some fifteen years ago — claims largely dismissed and buried by the legacy press — tweeting to his 10 million followers, “Assess for yourself.”