‘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.
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.
— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) April 11, 2021
“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?”
Fox is soooo desperate to not talk about Matt Gaetz being a child sex predator and suspected felon, or about Tucker Carlson knowing about it and covering for him, that they will literally invent a UFO conspiracy as a distraction. #MattGaetzIsAPervert #RepublicanPedos #MattGaetz
— Ryan S. (@maybeprobablyme) April 15, 2021
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.
Matt Gaetz allegedly paid for sex, used illegal drugs & sex-trafficked a 17 yo, who he claimed Tucker Carlson met at dinner. All of this while in office. Not a peep from a single Republican? Nothing on Fox News – in fact, they're not covering it? https://t.co/Rk9TSShsfp 02
— Wild Expectation (@ExpectationWild) April 15, 2021
“Gaetz used to be a useful idiot,” said one person involved in those conversations. “Now, he’s just an idiot to us.”
Tucker Carlson NOT trying to get that subpoena to testify FOR or AGAINST Matt Gaetz! Don’t forget, Fox News has a 2 BILLION dollar lawsuit pending RIGHT NOW! pic.twitter.com/kaYEJhhpGZ
— Tibet$$67 (@tibet_67) April 15, 2021