Although former President Donald Trump was barred from participating in the first primary debate last month because he did not sign a pledge required by the Republican National Committee, it did not stop him from campaigning for the 2024 presidency.

“He sat down with Tucker Carlson on the same night of the debate and had almost 300 million views of their interview,” said Michael Thompson, chairman of the Lee County Republican Executive Committee. “The debate that night for all the other candidates was one of the lowest watched in debate history ever.”

Trump opted for the pre-taped interview, which streamed on X, formerly known as Twitter, because the RNC pledge required Trump to support the future Republican nominee in the event someone is elected other than Trump himself, according to Thompson.

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