In trying to explain away the allegation, Gaetz connected his own predicament to host Tucker Carlson personally—not once, but twice.
“I’m not the only person on screen right now who has been falsely accused of a terrible sex act,” Gaetz said without going into detail.
When Carlson asked Gaetz to explain the allegation against him, Gaetz said he only knew what he had read in the news. Then he offered, “Actually, 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.” Gaetz further claimed the FBI tried to intimidate his friend into verifying his involvement in a “pay-for-play scheme.”
Carlson quickly countered, “I don’t remember the woman you are speaking of or the context at all, honestly.”
Gaetz later claimed, however, the woman in question was fictional. “The person doesn’t exist, ” he said, “I have not had a relationship with a 17-year-old.”
Oh, but Gaetz also clarified, “Providing for flights and hotel rooms for people that you’re dating who are of legal age is not a crime.”
It’s fair to sum up the appearance by saying there were a lot of moving targets.
Once the interview over, Carlson told viewers, “That was one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever conducted,” adding that he didn’t think it “clarified much.”
Nope. Sure didn’t.