Late yesterday afternoon, the New York Times released a hit piece heavy with accusations but light on evidence accusing Florida congressman Matt Gaetz of sexual acts with a 17-year-old girl. The only substantive revelation contained in the article was that there is an ongoing weekslong FBI investigation into the matter that has thus far been kept secret. Gaetz went on Tucker Carlson’s 8pm Fox News show to refute the allegations and to claim extortion.
These are all the known facts yet revealed of this breaking story and as noted by Tucker of the exchange directly following the interview: “I don’t think that clarified much.”
Though specific or newsworthy details of the investigation did not emerge from Gaetz’s TV appearance, a particular curious aspect did stand out: his repeated criminal implication of Tucker Carlson in the investigation, to the absolute bewilderment of the host.
After denying the reported allegations and delivering his account of events, Gaetz pivoted to decades-old and debunked allegations against Tucker himself, embarrassing the host live on air:
“I’m not the only person on screen right now who has been falsely accused of a terrible sex act.”
Tucker, unfailingly unfazed, briefly responded to the unnecessary reference by calling his erstwhile accuser “mentally ill” then signaling to Gaetz that the remark was not well received and completely inappropriate with the transitional phrase: “Let’s go back to the investigation.”
Seconds later, Gaetz again embroils Tucker into his own criminal investigation, this time directly implicating he and his innocent housewife as a witness for the whole world to see. What is Gaetz trying to do with this? The FBI is now legally required to question Tucker on the matter.
“You and I went to dinner about two years ago, your wife was there and I brought a friend of mine — you’ll remember her — and she was actually threatened by the FBI, told that if she wouldnt cop to the fact that I was somehow involved in some pay-for-play scheme that she could face trouble.”
Tucker, visibly flabbergasted and betrayed, was forced to distance himself once more from Gaetz, saying: “I don’t remember the woman you’re speaking of or the context at all, honestly.”
His face after Gaetz criminally implicated his wife in the FBI investigation on his own show says it all.
Tucker had to for a third time distance himself from Gaetz and the investigation following the interview, coming back after the commercial break to say:
“You just saw our Matt Gaetz interview. That was one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever conducted. That story just appeared in the news a couple of hours ago, and on the certainty that there’s always more than you read in the newspaper, we immediately called Matt Gaetz and asked him to come on and tell us more. Which, as you saw, he did. I don’t think that clarified much, but it certainly showed this is a deeply interesting story and we’ll be following it.”
An interesting and unreported aspect of this story is that the entire interview was uploaded to the Fox News website, as many clips from Tucker Carlson tonight are, though the footage uploaded to Fox News’s official YouTube channel, where Tucker’s clips are shared widely and often go viral, was amended with the host’s above distancing statement made after the commercial break. This does not happen frequently.
This occurrence is obvious after watching both videos though is visibly evident by comparing the running time of each video — with the YouTube clip containing the added clarification running approximately 30 seconds longer than the video on foxnews.com containing only the interview.
REDPILLED Media will continue to follow this extremely strange story for future developments.
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