Matt Gaetz, the most moronic MAGA maniac in Congress and an ascendant darling of Fox News, finds himself embroiled in a sex scandal that could topple his career for good with the revelation that the DOJ is investigating him for possible sex trafficking involving a 17-year-old girl.
The suggestion that Gaetz could be involved in such disgusting criminality takes on a particularly sinister tint when one recalls that he was the only member of Congress to vote against a 2017 anti-human trafficking bill. On top of that, his fanatical support of the serial sexual predator Donald Trump has started to make even more sense.
Predictably, Gaetz has denied the allegations and spun an elaborate narrative about an alleged attempt by a former DOJ employee to blackmail him for millions of dollars. His story is a largely incoherent one and one can’t help but think that he is simply laying the groundwork to claim that the accusations are all part of some plot by members of the nefarious Deep State to take him down.
Gaetz’s strange appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show last night—during which he referred to Carlson weathering similar accusations—did nothing to help his case and afterward Carlson referred to it as “one of the weirdest” interviews he’s ever conducted.
Gaetz is by far one of the most unscrupulous men serving in Congress and so for a lot of people, these allegations track with what we know about him. It’s unclear when we’ll get the full story here but something feels very, very wrong. In the meantime, social media is crackling with theories, brutal mockery, and blunt insults, all at the expense of the odious Congressman from Florida. There’s still a chance that Gaetz somehow manages to wriggle out of this, but his already less-than-sterling reputation has been dealt irreparable damage.
.@mattgaetz is the worst of us.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) March 31, 2021
Matt Gaetz is what happens when you elect a Hannity segment to the US Congress
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 31, 2021
Regarding Matt Gaetz, here’s pretty much the verbatim response I’ve heard from hundreds of GOP base voters so far today:
“What about Hunter Biden? Huh? The DOJ has time to investigate Matt Gaetz but not Hunter Biden?”
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 31, 2021
It is funny how the right will call Democrats "pedophiles" without proof or evidence but will defend Matt Gaetz, who is actually under investigation. #Gaetzgate
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) March 31, 2021
Jim Jordan believes Matt Gaetz, but not the wrestlers at Ohio State that were molested under his watch!#GaetzGate
— Agolf Twitler Slayer (@bblock29) March 31, 2021
This… does not help Matt Gaetz. https://t.co/BwNaNtjXaR
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 31, 2021
In what is now the strongest signal that Matt Gaetz is guilty, today Jim Jordan said that he believes Gaetz's story.
— JRehling (@JRehling) March 31, 2021
I hope Matt Gaetz charged and arrested.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) March 31, 2021
Who else isn't buying Matt Gaetz's criminal extortion story?
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) March 31, 2021
Let’s learn from this and not elect people like Matt Gaetz to begin with.
— Rob Anderson (@RobAnderson2018) March 31, 2021
Qanon: “We’re battling sex traffickers and saving the children!”
DOJ: “Matt Gaetz was trafficking children”
Qanon: “Not those ones.”
— Scottacular (@Scottcrates) March 31, 2021
Republicans are more concerned about Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head, and Major Biden than the idea of Matt Gaetz being a sex offender. F
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) March 31, 2021
There can’t be a stronger argument for judging a book by its cover than Matt Gaetz
— Mike Ryan (Ruiz) (@MichaelRyanRuiz) March 31, 2021
Matt Gaetz's lawyer on the conference call this morning pic.twitter.com/jRZEPopBk9
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 31, 2021
It’s happening, Matt Gaetz just received a lifetime ban from Chuck E. Cheese. No more cruising for him.
— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@NotHoodlum) March 31, 2021
Gaetz’s lone “No” vote was worse than you think. The bill was the Combatting Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act. Parts of it regulated driver licenses to prevent trafficking.
His pal Greenberg is charged with falsifying a driver license to facilitate trafficking.
— Robert J. DeNault (@robertjdenault) March 31, 2021
Dear @GOPLeader: You don’t seem to get it. If it’s true Rep Matt Gaetz engaged in sex trafficking, he needs to resign and be prosecuted. In the meantime, you can’t have Gaetz sitting on the Congressional Committee that has oversight over the Department that is investigating him. https://t.co/b6NJ31j19b
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 31, 2021
QAnon says Democratic leaders are doing child sex trafficking. One of Trump's best friends, who was at Mar-a-Lago all the time, Jeffrey Epstein, was worst child sex trafficker in America. And now Matt Gaetz is accused of child sex trafficking. Maybe they just had the wrong party.
— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) March 31, 2021
Today, Matt Gaetz, Ghislaine Maxwell, and Jeffrey Epstein are all in the news and one of the two things they have in common is that they were all friends of Donald Trump.
— JRehling (@JRehling) March 31, 2021
I think we would all feel safer if Matt Gaetz was banned from malls.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 31, 2021
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