On Tuesday evening, just hours after the New York Times reported that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is under federal investigation for sex trafficking for an alleged affair he had with a 17-year-old girl, Gaetz appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show and tried to suggest that he was the victim of a smear campaign to extort money from his father, a wealthy attorney.
In other words, Gaetz tried to cover up his own crime by lying and creating a bullshit conspiracy theory. That’s what Republicans do because that’s what Donald Trump is so fond of doing.
But as he spun his BS story, Gaetz mentioned that Carlson had also been charged as a sex offender, remarking:
The reference Gaetz made was to a sexual harassment filed against Fox News.
Carlson bristled at Gaetz’s comparison:
Clearly, what Gaetz was engaged in was classic deflection: Bring up an allegation to cover your own. The technique is popular with liars.
After the interview, Carlson made it clear to his viewers that he wasn’t sure what to make of what had just transpired:
Oh, it was weird all right. It was a complete clusterfuck and the only purpose it served was to give Gaetz a platform for his lies.
Gaetz is innocent until proven guilty. But his wild tale certainly suggests he’s hiding something.