With the news today that a state investigation has found that New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has sexually harassed multiple women, Republicans are having a field day.
As exemplified by the ouster of former Senator Al Franken (D-MN) from Congress after his own #MeToo scandal, Democratic politicians typically pay a high price involving the end of their careers for these types of transgressions.
Republicans accused of similarly reprehensible activities, on the other hand, usually laugh it off and continue with business as usual, rarely suffering any consequence for their behavior, as the failure of Donald Trump’s female body-part-grabbing comments on the infamous Access Hollywood tape to derail his political ambitions so amply demonstrates.
Still, the attempt by Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) — so recently accused of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in illicit sexual activity – to interject his opinion about Governor Cuomo’s alleged transgressions into the public sphere is raising eyebrows and stoking outrage on social media today.
Gaetz’s ill-considered tweet about Cuomo came in response to a post from fellow GOP lawmaker Representative Pat Fallon, who speculated about how mainstream media’s coverage of the New York governor’s scandal would be different if he were instead a member of the GOP.
If he were a Republican, he wouldn’t even need one named accuser for the media to smear him. https://t.co/Wf7wpgoPxF
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) August 3, 2021
The Florida congressman’s defensive claim about how the media seemingly has singled him out betrays an alarming lack of self-awareness that the denizens of Twitter’s comments section couldn’t help but throw back in Gaetz’s face with incredulity that he felt that he had any right to weigh in on this particular topic with his self-pitying remarks stemming from his persecution complex.
Perfect response. Bravo.
— Mark Tomlin (@MarkTom83323620) August 3, 2021
— Emanuel (@GodIsWithUs72) August 3, 2021
He wasn't just lurking. He was ferrying them across the ocean on a private jet.
— School Bonds Rougarou (@LABondsRougarou) August 3, 2021
@TPUSA would probably be commissioning a gold statue.
— AndyKimsConstituent (@JuliaJoyceHall) August 3, 2021
Do you have a BIG head?
— ⭐️ColorsOfTheWind⭐️ (@ColorsOfTheWi13) August 3, 2021
Queue: Gaetz Victim and Deep State Tour
— Jossy (@Unitedshashe) August 3, 2021
Do you see the irony here? pic.twitter.com/ycK3dcQ9m2
— Piyush Mittal (@piyushmittal) August 3, 2021
"So why then, would I be the ONLY NO VOTE in the ENTIRE Congress AGAINST legislation that had HUMAN TRAFFICKING in the title?"
-Rape. Matt “My Helper Nestor” Gaetz pic.twitter.com/z6I5Xf0UN1
— abulafiana (@abulafiana) August 3, 2021
Hopefully, the FBI will soon complete its investigation of the allegations against Congressman Gaetz, and the subsequent appropriate criminal prosecution can help usher the Florida lawmaker away from Congress once and for all.
In the meantime, Rep. Gaetz would be well advised to hold his tongue when it comes to Governor Cuomo and the harassment accusations that the Democratic politician faces.
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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.