Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson crushed rumors that she dated Republican Florida Rep Matt Gaetz on Monday.
Appearing in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, she denied the alleged rumors. “I will say on behalf of myself, I never dated Matt Gaetz. I have much higher standards in men,” said Hutchinson, while acknowledging the pair had an “amicable working relationship” and “were good friends at points.”
Maddow read from Hutchinson’s soon-to-be-released book “Enough” where she described Gaetz as flirting with her and trying to date her while at Camp David. At the time, he was admonished by Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and told to “Get a life.”
Hutchinson also alleges in her book that Gaetz groped her twice in the past, accusations which Gaetz has denied. In a statement to MSNBC, Gaetz claimed that he “did date Cassidy for a few weeks when we were both single years ago,” and that they remained friends after splitting up.
Hutchinson has also accused former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani of groping her on January 6, an allegation which Giuliani has denied.
During the interview, she also disavowed her former boss, saying that she still considers herself a Republican, she doesn’t believe that former President Donald Trump is a “Strong Republican.”
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“I do not believe that Mr. Trump is a strong Republican. But in this election cycle, in my opinion, it’s a make-or-break moment for the Republican Party,” Hutchinson told Maddow. “Now is the time if these politicians, these men and some women, that are currently in Congress want to make the break and want to take the stand, they have to do it now.”