In a move that has left many scratching their heads, Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida recently took on the role of a fill-in host on Newsmax TV’s Greg Kelly Reports. Gaetz, who appeared on the show not as a guest but as the host, began the program by addressing viewers and clarifying that he was filling in for Greg Kelly, who had the night off. He then proceeded to discuss debt ceiling negotiations between President Joe Biden and House Republicans, despite being actively involved in those negotiations himself. The congressman’s hosting gig has sparked criticism and bewilderment among both media insiders and social media users.
Gaetz’s appearance on the right-wing news channel, where he donned the persona of a news anchor, has been deemed a “new line in right-wing entertainment” by some social media users. One unnamed Newsmax staffer revealed to Mediaite that even within the network, people were taken aback by the decision to have a sitting member of Congress host a news show, describing it as “the worst idea I’ve heard in a long time.”
During his time as the host, Gaetz delved into the ongoing debt limit talks on Capitol Hill, questioning whether the increased borrowing limit would truly meet the needs of the country or further fuel a government that has lost its way. He also criticized President Biden’s plan for student loan forgiveness, suggesting that hardworking Americans should not have to subsidize degrees in fields such as intersectional gender studies.