Matt Gaetz’s legal problems have made him so toxic that even the notorious GOP operative Roger Stone, who had previously advised Gaetz to go on the offensive and make repeated television appearances in his defense, has pulled away as it appears Gaetz’s ship is sinking.
Stone’s sudden reversal on Gaetz comes as the controversial lawmaker was reportedly denied the opportunity to meet with Donald Trump. Gaetz has been a loyal ally to Trump, but the former president has been advised to wash his hands of Gaetz and don’t look back.
“He needs to go on offense, this is right upfront in Stone’s Rules,” Stone stated back on April 2 when he appeared on Alex Jones’ podcast. “The left-wing, non-journalist, fake-news media are the most vicious, malicious, dishonest people that I have ever come across. All of these stories that are maligning Matt Gaetz today are based on leaks. Where is the beef? Where are the facts? I don’t think there are any facts. I think this is a good old-fashioned smear.”
Stone then went on to encourage Gaetz to not “hide in a hole” and stay in the public eye. He advised Gaetz to seek out more television appearances.
“He [Matt Gaetz] should not go hide in a hole, he should be out there, like he was on Tucker [Carlson] last night,” Stone declared.
Since Stone handed out the advice has been alleged that Gaetz sent out a $900 Venmo payment to several young women through Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg back in May 2018. Greenberg, a longtime ally of Gaetz’s figure has reportedly been under investigation for quite a while. Greenberg faces multiple charges including sex trafficking minor girls.
When the scandal broke, Stone began posting almost nonstop on Parler about Gaetz’s innocence. Now, Stone has gone silent on the matter and in recent media appearances has avoided mentioning Gaetz.
“The ‘leaked’ smear on Congressman Matt Gaetz is an extortion play and an effort to destroy the up-and-coming conservative leader who has the balls to call the left out,” Stone wrote on Parler at the beginning of April.
Now, Stone has gone completely silent on Gaetz. Gaetz now appears to be on his own to fight what may be the biggest battle of his life. A battle that if he loses could cost him his career and maybe even his freedom.
Trump, who Gaetz has remained loyal to, has not commented on Gaetz other than a brief statement in which he denied a story the Gaetz had approached him during his final days in the White House for a pardon.
Last Wednesday, Trump made a brief statement on Gaetz stating only that “Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon. It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him,” Trump stated.
Reportedly aides told Trump of the request, but that it was unclear if Trump and Gaetz ever discussed the request in person.
Gaetz has denied allegations that he had sexual relations with an underage girl. The Justice Department is currently investigating whether Gaetz broke sex trafficking laws by paying the underage girl to travel with him across state lines.
Gaetz says that the allegations are part of an extortion plot to defraud his family of $25 million. He claims that the FBI was currently investigating the situation. “I have a plan that can make his future legal and political problems go away,” the message to Don Gaetz appears to say.
Last Tuesday, Gaetz began sending out emails and is using the scandal as a fundraiser. He referred to the situation as a “smear campaign.”
“The far-left New York Times has been publishing salacious allegations against me in an attempt to end my career fighting for the forgotten men and women of this country. It is a shame that the Left tries to drag my dating life into their political attacks, but it’s no surprise – when your ideas suck, you have to stoop this low.”