One of Donald Trump’s biggest supporters, when he was in office, was Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
Gaetz, however, is now in the midst of a huge controversy regarding sex with an underage girl, among other allegations.
Part of that scandal was that Gaetz reportedly asked Trump for a preemptive blanket pardon, a claim that Gaetz, and now Trump, both say never happened.
Trump Breaks Silence
To this point, Gaetz has received almost no support from his fellow Republicans on this front.
Democrats have latched on to this, believing that Joe Biden and company may be able to back a candidate to turn this red seat blue.
After the initial allegations were levied, Gaetz went on Tucker Carlson to deny the allegations in what Carlson described as one of the most “bizarre” interviews he had ever conducted.
Gaetz, by his own declaration, was not a “monk” during his younger years, but he is adamant that he never paid for sex nor has he ever had sex with an underage girl.
He continues to take the stance that this is nothing more than a blackmail attempt against his family…
They wanted $25 million to make false allegations against me go away.
My family would never pay a bribe.
Now, the DOJ must release the tapes implicating their former colleague in the smear campaign against me.
It’s all on the tapes.https://t.co/E8nwDawA0c
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) April 6, 2021
The media had latched onto the narrative that while Gaetz was one of the biggest MAGA supporters during the Trump presidency, the former president had not shown an inkling of support for Gaetz regarding these allegations.
That changed on Wednesday, with Trump stating, “Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon.
“It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him.”
Now, the media is already saying that this means that Gaetz never directly asked Trump, but it does not mean that Gaetz did not float the idea to another Trump staffer.
That is the exact narrative that the New York Times pushed when it broke the story, saying that Trump staffers shot the pardon down believing it would be setting a very bad precedent.
Fox News was told that the alleged request by Gaetz “wasn’t even considered” and that had been met with “lots of eye-rolling” when it was made, so even if the request was made, it likely never got to Trump’s ears.
Source: Fox News