Trump's circle isn't defending Matt Gaetz because 'not a lot of people are surprised' by the allegations

Conservatives in Rep. Matt Gaetz's solid Republican district (R-Fla.) Support him amid credible reports that the Justice Department is investigating him for potential sex trafficking, paid for sex, and other scandalous allegations, but most of the other allies and Republican lawmakers keep him at arm's length. This includes Florida's most famous Republican so far, former President Donald Trump, Gaetz's political star. It also includes Trump's supporters in conservative media.
"Not many people are surprised," a person involved in Trump's post-president operations told Politico. A former Trump campaigner added that "anyone who ever spent 10 minutes with the guy would realize he was a rogue person".
Gaetz denied the allegations on Twitter on a Monday and in a poorly received interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson. "The reason why you have not seen any people defending Gaetz in the MAGA world is less that he is unpopular, which he does in many circles, than that he did nothing to make people comfortable make up to defend him, "said a Trump confidante to Politico. "His interview with Tucker was an absolutely embarrassing train wreck."
Former MP Katie Hill (D-Calif.) Wrote on Vanity Fair Monday that he once said to her during her unlikely friendship with Gaetz in Congress, "You have to give Fox fans what they want, but I love Donald Trump. " adding, "I don't think I want to be in Congress after he's finished as president."
Hill wrote that she cared a lot when her estranged husband leaked nude photos of her during their divorce, including those showing her in an inappropriate relationship with a co-worker: "Matt was the first member of Congress to make me public and defended without excuse, saying that under these circumstances I was a victim, although I may have made mistakes. "But when Gaetz, as CNN reports, shared nude photos of women he slept with with GOP colleagues, said she: "He did exactly the practice he defended me against - and should resign immediately."
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