Matt Gaetz, Sex Trafficer?

Recent reports suggest Rep. Matt Gaetz may have been involved in paying women for sex. And, in one case, one of those “women” may have been 17.

Of course, Gaetz denies the charges. And claims the charges are linked to some far-fetched plan to extort $25 million from his family.

Let’s take a closer look at Matt Gaetz… his history… and just how reliable he may be.

The best place to start? With one of Gaetz’s closest allies… Tucker Carlson. Well, a one-time ally, anyway.

Carlson: “I Don’t Remember…”

You’d think one of the safest harbors for right-wing operatives would be Tucker Carlson’s show. Carlson is a reliable GOP hack.

But when Gaetz tried to recruit Carlson to his cause, Carlson replied, “I, I don’t remember the woman you’re speaking of or the context at all, honestly.”

Gaetz had tried to link Carlson to a dinner he claimed Carlson and his wife attended with Gaetz and a particular woman. But Carlson was having nothing to do with it. After the interview, Carlson commented, “That was one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever conducted.”

Hardly a ringing endorsement. If Tucker Carlson won’t back you up, who will?

Maybe we should look at Matt Gaetz’s history for a clue to his lack of support…

Not Exactly a Sympathetic Figure

Gaetz isn’t exactly a sympathetic figure. Take a Northwest Florida Daily News report from May 2014 as an example. The paper points out Gaetz had racked up “17 tickets since 1999.” His May 2014 careless driving ticket added 4 points to his license.

In Okaloosa County, Gaetz had accumulated 11 tickets during that time… including 6 for speeding.

And that’s hardly all Matt Gaetz has done to alienate voters.

  • Gaetz was the lone member of Congress to vote against a sex trafficking bill in 2017. His current troubles seem to suggest a reason for the vote.
  • Six years earlier, he was nearly alone in opposing a revenge porn bill in the Florida legislature.
  • In 2018, Gaetz invited a Holocaust denier to the State of the Union address.
  • A Gaetz tweet from Feb 2019 appeared to threaten Michael Cohen – Trump’s former “fixer” – if Cohen spoke out against Trump.
  • In 2019, Gaetz attacked a parent of one of the Parkland shooting victims. Gaetz claimed immigrants were to blame for most gun violence. When a Parkland victim’s father objected, Gaetz tried to have him ejected from the meeting.
  • In 2020, FL Rep Chris Latavala accused Matt Gaetz of creating a sex game within the Florida legislature. The game reportedly assigned points for “bedding” various legislative members and aides.
  • In March of 2020, Gaetz wore a gas mask on the House floor to mock those who warned of the seriousness of the Covid-19 virus.

And now we have another – perhaps more serious – scandal.

Sex With a Teen?

The U.S. Justice Dept. is investigating Matt Gaetz. For trafficking a teenager for sex.

Let’s keep this in perspective: This investigation was opened under Bill Barr, Trump’s lapdog Attorney General. Barr apparently squelched all but the most egregious violations by Trump associates.

So, if he let this investigation move forward, it doesn’t bode well for Gaetz.

Gaetz is under investigation for sex with a minor… paying for her inter-state travel… payments to sex workers to travel internationally… and more.

Hitting a Moving Target

Hitting a stationary target is one thing. Hitting a moving target is another. And Gaetz is a moving target for two reasons..

First, the accusations against Gaetz seem to grow worse every day. It’s almost impossible to keep up. And, second, he keeps changing the subject. He points at his political enemies… or the media. Without ever answering most charges directly.

At best, Gaetz issues generic denials. Faced with multiple – and credible – charges of paying for sex, Gaetz simply issues a blanket statement he’s never paid for sex.

In spite of Venmo payments that suggest he has. But does he address specific accusations? No.

Payments made to women for reasons such as “*ss” go unaddressed… while Gaetz proclaims innocence.

Even Gaetz’s sister says he’s full of… well, let’s call it bull.

As Huffpost reported, Matt Gaetz’s sister, Erin, tweeted against the “stop the steal” movement. Erin Gaetz didn’t call out her brother by name. But Huffpost reports she admitted to at least one person “she [wholly] disagrees with him.”

But let’s keep one key point in mind…

Every revelation makes the case against Gaetz worse. Nobody’s come forward with any exculpatory evidence. The rathole just gets deeper and deeper. And it’s hard to keep up.

So where do you go with this? With the preponderance of the evidence. Which points to a sordid past.

Dumping the Trumpiest of Trump Cheerleaders

Donald Trump apparently paid thousands to keep two high-profile affairs quiet. He admitted to sexually assaulting multiple women. And he lied more than 30,000 times during his presidency.

Matt Gaetz is one of Trump’s most ardent supporters. So, is it any stretch to believe he’s emulated his idol? Especially with witnesses saying he openly shared naked videos of his  alleged conquests on the House floor?

His Bahama’s trip with a marijuana “entrepreneur” who paid for women to accompany them. And his association with Joel Greenberg – a former Seminole County tax collector facing more than 30 federal charges. Including sex trafficking of a minor.

A minor Gaetz himself may have had relations with.

And don’t blame this on the Biden Justice Department. The Gaetz investigation began under Trump’s most pliable Attorney General, Bill Barr. Imagine how serious Barr must have considered Gaetz’s behavior to open an investigation into one of Trump’s most ardent supporters.

Face it, Republicans, this pro Trump “leader” is leading you into disaster. Maybe it’s time to reconsider your priorities.

Look at those who’ve defended him…

  • Jim Jordan, who’s been accused by numerous athletes of ignoring sexual misconduct by a university doctor.
  • Margery Taylor-Greene, who thinks “Jewish space-lasers” started the latest round of California wildfires.
  • And pretty much nobody else.

Did Matt Gaetz engage in sex trafficking of a minor? I couldn’t say for sure. But with his record, it’s time to say good-bye to this Trumpian *ss-kisser.

Let’s face it: He’s kryptonite. And proud of it.

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Sources:

Olsen, J., “Tucker Carlson calls Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz interview on FBI probe ‘one of the weirdest’ he’s ever done’,” KVUE.com. Mar 31, 2021.

Snodgrass, E., “Matt Gaetz is under investigation on suspicion of violating federal sex-trafficking laws. In 2017, he cast the only vote against a human trafficking bill,” BusinessInsider.com.

Shammas, B., “Gaetz fought revenge porn bill, saying ex- lovers can use photos as they see fit, sponsor says,” Washington Post. Apr 6, 2021.

McLaughlin, T., “Gaetz racks up 17 tickets since 1999,” Northwest Florida Daily News. May 13, 2014.

“Jewish Republicans Want Congressman to Admit His State of the Union Guest Is a Holocaust Denier,” Haaretz.com. Feb 2, 2018.

Clark, D., et al, “GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz apologizes for tweet targeting Michael Cohen,” NBCNews.com. Feb 26, 2019.

Campbell, A., “Rep. Matt Gaetz Lies About Gun Violence, Tries To Eject Parkland Parent,” HuffPost. Feb 06, 2019.

Sweeney, D., “Matt Gaetz accused of starting sex game in Florida legislature,” S FL Sun Sentinel. Jan 14, 2020.

Gregorian, D., “Gas act: Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida wears mask for coronavirus vote,” NBCNews.com. Mar 4, 2020.

Little, J., “Florida congressman Matt Gaetz reportedly being investigated for sexual contact with teen,” Pensacola News Journal. Mar 30, 2021.

Moye, D., “Rep. Matt Gaetz’s Sister Calls Out Election Fraud Lies Like Ones Spread By Her Bro,” HuffPost.com. Jan 27, 2021.

Matt Gaetz, Sex Trafficker?

Recent reports suggest Rep. Matt Gaetz may have been involved in paying women for sex. And, in one case, one of those “women” may have been 17.

Of course, Gaetz denies the charges. And claims the charges are linked to some far-fetched plan to extort $25 million from his family.

Let’s take a closer look at Matt Gaetz… his history… and just how reliable he may be.

The best place to start? With one of Gaetz’s closest allies… Tucker Carlson. Well, a one-time ally, anyway.

Carlson: “I Don’t Remember…”

You’d think one of the safest harbors for right-wing operatives would be Tucker Carlson’s show. Carlson is a reliable GOP hack.

But when Gaetz tried to recruit Carlson to his cause, Carlson replied, “I, I don’t remember the woman you’re speaking of or the context at all, honestly.”

Gaetz had tried to link Carlson to a dinner he claimed Carlson and his wife attended with Gaetz and a particular woman. But Carlson was having nothing to do with it. After the interview, Carlson commented, “That was one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever conducted.”

Hardly a ringing endorsement. If Tucker Carlson won’t back you up, who will?

Maybe we should look at Matt Gaetz’s history for a clue to his lack of support…

Not Exactly a Sympathetic Figure

Gaetz isn’t exactly a sympathetic figure. Take a Northwest Florida Daily News report from May 2014 as an example. The paper points out Gaetz had racked up “17 tickets since 1999.” His May 2014 careless driving ticket added 4 points to his license.

In Okaloosa County, Gaetz had accumulated 11 tickets during that time… including 6 for speeding.

And that’s hardly all Matt Gaetz has done to alienate voters.

  • Gaetz was the lone member of Congress to vote against a sex trafficking bill in 2017. His current troubles seem to suggest a reason for the vote.
  • Six years earlier, he was nearly alone in opposing a revenge porn bill in the Florida legislature.
  • In 2018, Gaetz invited a Holocaust denier to the State of the Union address.
  • A Gaetz tweet from Feb 2019 appeared to threaten Michael Cohen – Trump’s former “fixer” – if Cohen spoke out against Trump.
  • In 2019, Gaetz attacked a parent of one of the Parkland shooting victims. Gaetz claimed immigrants were to blame for most gun violence. When a Parkland victim’s father objected, Gaetz tried to have him ejected from the meeting.
  • In 2020, FL Rep Chris Latavala accused Matt Gaetz of creating a sex game within the Florida legislature. The game reportedly assigned points for “bedding” various legislative members and aides.
  • In March of 2020, Gaetz wore a gas mask on the House floor to mock those who warned of the seriousness of the Covid-19 virus.

And now we have another – perhaps more serious – scandal.

Sex With a Teen?

The U.S. Justice Dept. is investigating Matt Gaetz. For trafficking a teenager for sex.

Let’s keep this in perspective: This investigation was opened under Bill Barr, Trump’s lapdog Attorney General. Barr apparently squelched all but the most egregious violations by Trump associates.

So, if he let this investigation move forward, it doesn’t bode well for Gaetz.

Gaetz is under investigation for sex with a minor… paying for her inter-state travel… payments to sex workers to travel internationally… and more.

Hitting a Moving Target

Hitting a stationary target is one thing. Hitting a moving target is another. And Gaetz is a moving target for two reasons..

First, the accusations against Gaetz seem to grow worse every day. It’s almost impossible to keep up. And, second, he keeps changing the subject. He points at his political enemies… or the media. Without every really answering most charges directly.

At best, Gaetz issues generic denials. Faced with multiple – and credible – charges of paying for sex, Gaetz simply issues a blanket statement he’s never paid for sex.

In spite of Venmo payments that suggest he has. But does he address specific accusations? No.

Payments made to women for reasons such as “*ss” go unaddressed… while Gaetz proclaims innocence.

Even Gaetz’s sister says he’s full of… well, let’s call it bull.

As Huffpost reported, Matt Gaetz sister, Erin, tweeted against the “stop the steal” movement. Erin Gaetz didn’t call out her brother by name. But Huffpost reports she admitted to at least one person “she [wholly] disagrees with him.”

But let’s keep one key point in mind…

Every revelation makes the case against Gaetz worse. Nobody’s come forward with any exculpatory evidence. The rathole just gets deeper and deeper. And it’s hard to keep up.

So where do you go with this? With the preponderance of the evidence. Which points to a sordid past.

Dumping the Trumpiest of Trump Cheerleaders

Donald Trump apparently paid thousands to keep two high-profile affairs quiet. He admitted to sexually assaulting multiple women. And he lied more than 30,000 times during his presidency.

Matt Gaetz is one of Trump’s most ardent supporters. So, is it any stretch to believe he’s emulated his idol? Especially with witnesses saying he openly shared naked videos of his  conquests on the House floor?

His Bahama’s trip with a marijuana “entrepreneur” who paid for women to accompany them. And his association with Joel Greenberg – a former Seminole County tax collector facing more than 30 federal charges. Including sex trafficking of a minor.

A minor Gaetz himself may have had relations with.

And don’t blame this on the Biden Justice Department. The Gaetz investigation began under Trump’s most pliable Attorney General, Bill Barr. Imagine how serious Barr must have considered Gaetz’s behavior to open an investigation into one of Trump’s most ardent supporters.

Even Gaetz’s own sister says he’s full of… well, let’s call it bull.

As Huffpost reported, Matt Gaetz sister, Erin, tweeted against the “stop the steal” movement. Erin Gaetz didn’t call out her brother by name. But Huffpost reports she admitted to at least one person “she [wholly] disagrees with him.”

Trump’s own Justice Department – and his own sister – don’t support Gaetz. So why should you?

Face it, Republicans, this pro Trump “leader” is leading you into disaster. Maybe it’s time to reconsider your priorities.

Sources:

Olsen, J., “Tucker Carlson calls Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz interview on FBI probe ‘one of the weirdest’ he’s ever done’,” KVUE.com. Mar 31, 2021.

Snodgrass, E., “Matt Gaetz is under investigation on suspicion of violating federal sex-trafficking laws. In 2017, he cast the only vote against a human trafficking bill,” BusinessInsider.com.

Shammas, B., “Gaetz fought revenge porn bill, saying ex- lovers can use photos as they see fit, sponsor says,” Washington Post. Apr 6, 2021.

McLaughlin, T., “Gaetz racks up 17 tickets since 1999,” Northwest Florida Daily News. May 13, 2014.

“Jewish Republicans Want Congressman to Admit His State of the Union Guest Is a Holocaust Denier,” Haaretz.com. Feb 2, 2018.

Clark, D., et al, “GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz apologizes for tweet targeting Michael Cohen,” NBCNews.com. Feb 26, 2019.

Campbell, A., “Rep. Matt Gaetz Lies About Gun Violence, Tries To Eject Parkland Parent,” HuffPost. Feb 06, 2019.

Sweeney, D., “Matt Gaetz accused of starting sex game in Florida legislature,” S FL Sun Sentinel. Jan 14, 2020.

Gregorian, D., “Gas act: Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida wears mask for coronavirus vote,” NBCNews.com. Mar 4, 2020.

Little, J., “Florida congressman Matt Gaetz reportedly being investigated for sexual contact with teen,” Pensacola News Journal. Mar 30, 2021.

Moye, D., “Rep. Matt Gaetz’s Sister Calls Out Election Fraud Lies Like Ones Spread By Her Bro,” HuffPost.com. Jan 27, 2021.

The GOP Has Abandoned American Ideals

“You people with this phony Emoluments Clause.” That’s what Donald Trump said to reporters. A safeguard enshrined in the United States Constitution. And Trump calls it “phony.”

You’d think this would be the final straw for GOP lawmakers. The line none of them would cross.

You’d think. But you’d be wrong. Even after he’s attacked the Constitution itself, Republican leaders still back their boy. Another example of party before country.

But it’s not the only one. Not by a long shot.

For the GOP, Lies “Trump” Truth

GOP members of Congress recently forced their way into a closed committee meeting on impeachment. They demanded a more open and “transparent” process. The Dems, they claimed, were holding secret meetings… and keeping GOP members in the dark.

Never mind that half the committee is made up of Republicans – who could share info with their fellow Repubs. Never mind this was exactly the same policy followed by Trey Gowdy’s GOP Benghazi investigation.

And – most importantly – never mind the committees are following rules laid out by the GOP-majority Congress in 2015.

Now that a Republican is under scrutiny, the process is somehow unfair.

Here’s how insane this “protest” is…

Fox News commentator, Andrew Napolitano, called out the GOP Congressmen on their protest.

That’s right. A Fox News contributor told Conservative members of Congress they are wrong. That’s how far off the charts the GOP has gone.

A federal judge has also ruled the inquiry is legal. House rules allow for subpoenas – and standing committees can interview witnesses in secret – much like a grand jury.

Now that Dems control the process, GOP legislators protest. But they had no objections when Hillary Clinton was the subject of the Benghazi investigations.

Back then, closed committee hearings were critical. In defending closed hearings, GOP Rep. Gowdy said, “Interviews also allow the committee to safeguard the privacy of witnesses who may fear retaliation for cooperating or whose work requires anonymity, such as intelligence community operatives.”

Good reasons for closed-door meetings. Unless, of course, you’re a GOP Congressman trying to defend the indefensible. Then those safeguards become threats to democracy.

And an excuse to breach their own party’s rules…

The Twisted Logic of Matt Gaetz, et al

Perhaps no GOP rep encapsulates the insanity of “party-first” politics than Florida’s Matt Gaetz.

“The Democrats’ impeachment process deserves to be in front of the American people and not behind closed doors,” Gaetz tweeted. “I was proud to lead the charge for transparency with my Republican colleagues last week.”

Yup. Gaetz is proud to lead the charge against his own party’s rules. Proud to breach the sanctity of a secure Congressional hearing room. Proud to bring smart phones into a Congressional chamber where all outside electronics are banned. And probably proud of the pizza they ordered during their “protest.”

Yes… The brave GOP protestors sent out for pizza to sustain themselves during their protest.

According to Gaetz, “Schiff’s anarchic impeachment sham has devolved into mayhem and is entirely antithetical to constitutional principles.”

It’s anarchic, because… what? Because the majority of American voters favor impeachment? A sham because it’s enshrined in the Constitution?

It’s devolved into mayhem? Really? The only mayhem has been the assault on the secure Congressional hearing room by GOP reps. And it’s hard to imagine that a process enshrined in the Constitution is “entirely antithetical to constitutional principles.”

Keep in mind we’re talking about a president who’s used his office to enrich his family business time and again. Who’s uttered more than 13,000 recordedlies since taking office. And who set a quid pro quo to release funding Congress directed for a key ally.

He’s favored the word of a Russian oligarch over the findings of our combined intelligence community. He’s consistently praised dictators, while alienating our democratic allies. And he’s nominated ethically challenged cronies to the highest executive offices in the land.

Yet Gaetz and company consistently defend Trump. The GOP has abandoned American ideals. Winning for the party has become more important than serving their country. And “the party” represents – more and more – a shrinking base of wealthy white males.

The GOP Is Bringing Us Back to America’s Beginning

Our Founding Fathers had vision. But it was vision informed by a narrow view. Wealthy white men had controlled their world for as long as they knew. So, they established a nation with high ideals… but hampered by the view that wealthy white men were superior.

Bit by bit, America grew. We slowly accepted that blacks, Native Americans, and women were equal to white males. We fought past open racism… past segregation… past immigration quotas… past religious barriers… and past prejudices against women.

Black Americans counted as more than 3/5 of a person. Women won the right to vote. Native Americans were counted as citizens. We made progress.

The GOP wants to change all that.

Their immigration policies favor rich whites. And ban “undesirables.” Their tax plan – already enacted – favors the rich. Who are mostly white.

They want to control women’s reproductive choices. They want to expand a prison system already the most extensive in the world. They want to slowly strangle Social Security and Medicare – in favor of a bloated military budget.

The GOP wants to take us back to a time when wealthy white men controlled everything. Essentially, back to the beginning of our Republic. But with no chance for growth.

Which is why we have to stand firm. To fight every regressive step the GOP champions. To call out anti-Americans like Matt Gaetz for what they are: Regressives.

The GOP has no interest in progress. Just the opposite. Their goal is to turn the clock back. Back to a time when all the power was in the hands of a few rich white men.