The day before Involved a scandal Democrat Ro Khanna, a Democrat with Matt Gaetz’s background, appeared on Fox News, boasting of his unlikely friendship with MAGA, claiming the pair was “hanging out.”
But this week When Gates is facing a full-scale legal and political crisis, Kanna seems to have chilled their friendship.
Gates and Kanna have long been touted as examples of transpartisanism in the Trump era. The pair has appeared together many times in various media and has shown their bond.For example, last year’s HBO political documentary Swamp Shown two tasks To Block the white house From the war with Iran. During the summer, Kanna told GatesTeam upTo stop the modifications that prevent the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. “
And on March 25th, Kanna Appeared remotely with Gates Fox news prime time For double interview I especially focused on his relationship with Florida Republicans. “How do you explain how you like this guy? You told me off-camera that you and Matt are on good terms,” asked host Brian Kilmead.
“We are on good terms,” Kanna replied. “We are working on a general issue. We are working to withdraw PAC money from politics. We two believe that lobbyists should not run this place. We both believe that we should not participate in foreign wars. “
He added: “Obviously we don’t agree on the issue, but we’re actually having a dialogue. We can even hang out.”
A few days later, Gates realized he was in the center. Large sex scandalThis includes an ongoing federal investigation of allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid her to travel with him across state boundaries. ..Gates too Allegedly showed a nude image Of his sex partner to Capitol Hill’s fellow lawmakers.
So, during a Sunday afternoon interview, CNN host Jim Acosta brought up an accusation against Gates and returned to Kanna to talk to Fox about his friendship with his parent Trump’s colleague and ask progressive lawmakers. These claims to your friends. What do you think of all of this? Does it sound like Matt Gaetz you know? “
Kanna firmly declared that the allegations were “shocked” and “confused.” And he went away from calling Gates a companion.
“And I never interacted with Matt Gaetz outside the Capitol,” Kanna declared. “Obviously, if he shares any of those pictures with someone, I completely blame him. As the speaker said, it should be investigated in the ethics department.”
Kanna also downplayed parliamentary relations with Gates and said she was working with Gates on some issues, while previously partnering with “many Republicans” on those issues.
Acosta asks if Kanna talked to Gates after the allegations were announced and if she heard Florida lawmakers sharing nude photos on the house floor, further widening Kanna’s gap with Gates. Prompted.
“That was certainly not my knowledge,” exclaimed a California legislature. “I don’t know if it was the knowledge of others. But I was shocked about it. And I obviously didn’t talk to or contact him, and I’m not going to do that. So the allegations were pretty shocking. “
Congressman Kanna’s office did not immediately respond to the request for comment.