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‘He’s Just An Idiot’: GOP Cancels Matt Gaetz

Beleaguered Rep. Matt Gaetz (Q-FL) has been informally blacklisted by Fox News after trying to loop host Tucker Carlson into his sex trafficking scandal during an appearance last month. Carlson was reportedly “livid” that Gaetz tried to turn Carlson into an exonerating witness, which made the popular prime time host visibly uncomfortable on air. Fox News insiders told The Daily Beast that Gaetz was “going to be excommunicado for a while.”

Gaetz hasn’t appeared on Fox News since the late March appearance on Carlson’s show, and the network has barely mentioned his name as the scandal continues to swirl around him. “It’s highly unlikely you’ll see him on again anytime soon,” one network insider told the website.

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Fox News staffers and hosts are trying to walk a fine line between keeping Gaetz at arm’s length without angering viewers who love the loyal ally to Donald Trump, although it seems that relationship is also not as solid as it once seemed to be.

“What was he thinking?” Trump asked in the days after Gaetz’s appearance on Carlson’s show, according to one person with direct knowledge of the matter. “What the hell was he thinking?”

Another revealed that Trump has privately expressed a willingness to help Gaetz by branding damaging reports as “fake” news, but the former guy and his allies have discussed ways to insulate themselves from the lawmaker via phone calls and group messages reviewed by The Daily Beast.

“Gaetz used to be a useful idiot,” said one person involved in those conversations. “Now, he’s just an idiot to us.”



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