Jimmy Kimmel tore up Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz on Wednesday night, a day after longtime Trump ally revealed he was under Justice Department investigation for alleged sex with a 17 year old girl.
Gaetz, who represents parts of West Florida and has been a strong supporter of the former president’s baseless election fraud allegations, is “basically the shrimp tail in your Cinnamon Toast Crunch,” Kimmel explained. “Nobody appreciates it very much.”
The Justice Department is reportedly investigating whether Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws by paying for the girls’ travel with him. Gaetz was not charged with a felony, but he did attempt to defend himself in the court of public opinion with a stop, naturally, on Fox News.
On Tucker Carlson’s show Tuesday night, Gaetz claimed to have been the victim of extortion by a member of the Department of Justice. “You can really tell he’s speaking from the heart and not from a statement his lawyer wrote on screen,” Kimmel said unmoved.
In the surprisingly awkward interview, a skeptical-looking Carlson nodded as Gaetz garnered sympathy by vaguely reminding the Fox News host of the accusations against him from previous years.
“I agree with you that being wrongly accused is one of the worst things that can happen,” replied Carlson, to which Kimmel added in an impression, “I know it because I do it. almost every night on my show. ”
Gaetz also reminded Carlson of a dinner the two men attended with their wives two years ago (Carlson said he didn’t remember the meeting) and claimed the Justice Department was targeting him as a prominent Republican with a wealthy father. “But this is not a partisan investigation,” Kimmel explained.
“In fact, it was opened by Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr,” who did not want to be seen with Gaetz in public, going so far as to cancel a House Judiciary Committee meeting when he found out that Gaetz would be there. .
“This explanation and his behavior troubled even his pal Tucker,” Kimmel continued, playing a clip from Carlson’s postmortem interview in which he called Gaetz’s track “one of the strangest interviews.” that I have never carried out ”.
“This is a man who interviewed someone who claims that Hillary Clinton was running a satanic pedophile operation in a pizzeria,” Kimmel wondered. “So there is always a twist. “