WATCH: Ari Melber Mocks Newsmax For Calling Gaetz a Hero, Then Trying to Disassociate Themselves From Him

Just hours before the Matt Gaetz sex trafficking news broke, there was a rumor that he was looking to retire from congress. The Florida congressman, Axios reported, was attempting to join Newsmax as a political commentator.

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Yesterday, a report came out that Newsmax was never interested in Gaetz in the first place. Ari Melber mocked the network for putting out the story after consistently praising Gaetz over the last year.

The MSNBC host began by playing a clip of a Newsmax host calling Gaetz a hero. “A hero,” said Melber. “Well, who wouldn’t want to work with a hero? Newsmax was willing to have him on air for programming, they say publicly that does not mean they plan to actually work with him. Working together daily. And they’re not being very subtle about this rejection right now, publicly confirming, quote, ‘Newsmax has had no plans to hire Representative Gaetz.'”

Melber continued:

“Now, Gaetz has not been charged with a crime. And Newsmax, as you just saw, has been taking his side in public. They just apparently don’t want to be on his side at work in the days to come. Newsmax clearly following some wisdom from Dolly Parton, who said, ‘You are known by the company you keep. You say you’re doing nothing wrong. I don’t believe you are. I’m only trying to help you, sis, before you go too far.’ And as Dolly refrain goes in that song, and as Newsmax might be trying to toe the line with Mr. Gaetz, she also said, quote, ‘I’m not accusing you of anything, but you’re known by the company you keep.”

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