Steve Cortes, the former campaign advisor to Donald Trump, is leaving his gig as a prime-time host at Newsmax over the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Five sources close to the matter confirmed to The Daily Beast that Cortes will be hosting his last show for Newsmax early next week. After the network announced its vaccine mandate earlier this month, Cortes was open about the fact that he had no intention of complying with it.
“I will not comply w/ any organization’s attempt to enforce Biden’s capricious & unscientific Medical Apartheid mandate,” he tweeted after the mandate was announced. “I will not be forced into the injection, nor will I disclose my vaccination status. No one should be pressured to choose between medical privacy & their job.”
I will not comply w/ any organization’s attempt to enforce Biden’s capricious & unscientific Medical Apartheid mandate.
I will not be forced into the injection, nor will I disclose my vaccination status.
No one should be pressured to choose between medical privacy & their job.
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) November 6, 2021
While this vaccine mandate may have been the final straw, insiders say that Cortes had been having issues with Newsmax “for a while. ”
“It’s been ongoing for a while,” one current Newsmax staffer said, going on to add that Cortes is “a constant risk” because of his history of making comments that are seen as controversial.
“He’s on a delay. Can’t trust him,” the staffer continued, indicating that a broadcast delay is used during Cortes’ show so that Newsmax executives could censor potentially inappropriate content.
“He still insists the election was stolen,” the employee added, saying that this is forbidden at Newsmax given the lawsuits the network is facing over these claims.
Daily Mail reported that Cortes appeared to confirm his departure from Newsmax by tweeting “do not comply” hours after the Daily Beast report was published.
Do Not Comply!
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) November 27, 2021
This is an excerpt from Red Voice Media.
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