Gaetz of Hell: Congress Faces Going Back to Work With Matt
During Congress’s Spring break, controversial Florida Man Matt Gaetz became even more controversial after it was leaked that he is under multiple investigations related to sex trafficking and allegedly paying women for sex. Now as lawmakers return to Washington, they can expect to be faced with tough and pointed questions from the press as to whether the Gaetz should resign.
Most Republicans have been silent on Gaetz’s legal problems, although Gaetz himself isn’t one of them. When it was first revealed that Gaetz was under investigation by the FBI, the House was in a two-week recess, allowing Republican leaders to largely ignore the scandal and its political implications. Now the House has returned to major debates on President Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure plan and the record number of unaccompanied minors on the southern border, but questions about Gaetz threaten to distract from Republicans’ messaging.
Even before the allegations surfaced, Gaetz didn’t have many friends in the House Republican Conference. He quickly rose to prominence through conservative cable television by tying his fortunes to Trump and openly challenging Republican establishment leaders like House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming. Gaetz spent last weekend at the “Insurrection Reunion” making obtuse references to hiring women while trying to joke about the investigation into his alleged sex trafficking.
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Even Trump has been keeping his distance from Gaetz, who is one of his most rabid supporters, one person close to the former guy said things aren’t looking good for the conservative lawmaker. Trump issued a statement saying Gaetz had not asked him for a pardon, adding, ‘It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him.'”
Gaetz is also facing a new House Ethics Committee inquiry into the accusations against him as calls for him to resign get ever louder on social media.
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A former Trump campaign official predicts dark things for Gaetz’s future: “I think everyone’s trying to keep it off their plate right now. I think everyone thinks that this is going the wrong direction for him.”