CNN reports that Fox News host Tucker Carlson was angered by Rep. Matt Gaetz’s attempt to loop him into “a scandal involving allegations related to sex trafficking of a minor, a person familiar with the matter said.”
“It pissed him off,” the person familiar with the matter explained to CNN on Wednesday.
Gaetz, who has strongly denied allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her travel with him, seemed to attempt to draw Carlson into the controversy during a bizarre Tuesday night interview.
The Florida lawmaker first referenced a previous allegation of sexual misconduct against Carlson, which the Fox News host has denied, saying that he was “not the only person on screen right now who’s been falsely accused of a terrible sex act.”
“More interestingly,” CNN wrote, Gaetz then “suggested Carlson had met a woman involved in the recent controversy related to the sex allegations.” The Republican congressman claimed the woman was threatened by the FBI to say that he was engaging in a “pay to play scheme.”
“You and I went to dinner about two years ago,” Gaetz told Carlson. “Your wife was there, and I brought a friend of mine, you’ll remember her.”
Carlson immediately denied knowledge of the dinner.
“I don’t remember the woman you are speaking of or the context at all, honestly,” Carlson said.
CNN noted that following the interview, Carlson said it was “one of the weirdest” he had ever conducted.
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