Former Trump campaign adviser Steve Cortes is leaving Newsmax – report

Former Trump campaign adviser Steve Cortes is reportedly on his way out at the popular conservative television network Newsmax.

The Daily Beast broke the news on Friday, citing five unnamed sources.

The outlet painted a narrative of “simmering” tensions between Newsmax and Cortes, who joined the network earlier this year and was hired as a full-time weekday prime-time host in May. Ultimately, Cortes’ refusal to comply with Newsmax’s coronavirus vaccine mandate was the “final straw,” The Daily Beast reported.

Newsmax announced the mandate earlier this month, giving employees until Jan. 4, 2022, to be fully vaccinated. Those who chose not to comply, the network said, would be required to both wear a mask in the office and get tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis, according to Mediaite.

“To ensure that we are in compliance, we require that all vaccinated employees submit a copy of their vaccination card,” the network told staff in an email, Mediaite reported.

Cortes was not having it.

“I will not comply w/ any organization’s attempt to enforce Biden’s capricious & unscientific Medical Apartheid mandate,” he tweeted.

“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.”

But Cortes and Newsmax have been at odds for some time, according to The Daily Beast.

“It’s been ongoing for a while,” a staffer at the network said, claiming that Cortes is “a constant risk” due to his controversial opinions, and that the network uses a broadcast delay when he is on the air so that it can censor certain things he says.

Another employee, meanwhile, said Cortes is on the outs “because the ratings for [his] show suck.”

A third network “insider” pointed to “threats of litigation that have loomed between Cortes and the network,” The Daily Beast reported.

The outlet said Cortes’ final show is expected to air “early next week,” though his departure could come even sooner than that.