Matt Gaetz has been accused of sex crimes against a minor, and a lot of people are waiting to see if he’ll face consequences, especially as his confederate, Joel Greenberg, has reportedly agreed to cooperate with the investigation and hand over information about others involved.
However, rather than resign or otherwise lie low while the investigation moves forward, Gaetz is perhaps more in the public eye than ever, in the middle of a MAGA tour with Marjorie Taylor Greene, and very vocally pushing conspiracy theories about the FBI and other matters.
January 6th is largely being used as a blood libel against the MAGA movement.
In reality, the Deep State could have been more involved in the violence than those who showed up to peacefully protest. pic.twitter.com/YWVWFFtCYV
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 19, 2021
Gaetz might enjoy the spotlight, even when the publicity is negative, but it seems much of the public isn’t enjoying the constant stream of reminders that there has been no indictment or other outwardly visible development in his case, where he’s alleged to have transported a minor across state lines for the purpose of sex. They’re showing their frustration in a Twitter trend.
#IndictMattGaetz his political career is OVER in America. Joel Greenberg has all of that information on his server net work, which the FBI has now. Joel appears to have already testified to his knowledge of Matt's sex with children. pic.twitter.com/uOGfvZzDM9
— Florida Freethinker ! (@EdTruman3) June 20, 2021
— thisguy🙄 (@sdean78) June 20, 2021
— JFK (@JFKtheone) June 20, 2021
— JimmyB (@jimmyb8222) June 20, 2021
— WearADamnMask (@hollisings2) June 20, 2021
The hashtag #IndictMatt Gaetz hit a fever pitch, trending across Twitter (alongside criticism of another Florida Republican, Governor Ron DeSantis) with political cartoons, jokes and memes about Gaetz’ character, and calls for his arrest.
— Bill Maxwell (@Bill_Maxwell_) June 20, 2021
— Riven.Soul (@riven_soul) June 20, 2021
— Patricia Sharkey (@PatriciaShark11) June 20, 2021
A subtle reminder that investigators are looking into Matt Gaetz for:
Child sex trafficking
Corruption in how Florida medical marijuana bills were influenced
Helping to run a fake candidate in a Florida Senate race
Obstruction of justice
Feels like we should #IndictMattGaetz.
— Nick Jack-o'-Lantern Pappas (@Pappiness) June 20, 2021
How to put America First:
2. Remove Marjorie Traitor Greene from congress
— Eric A (@culdesacfan) June 20, 2021
Gaetz has denied the allegations, maintaining that he is the victim of an extortion scheme, and appearing on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show where, as Vanity Fair reports, he threw out an extra allegation against himself that hadn’t previously made public, denying that he has been photographed with child prostitutes, despite there being no public knowledge of such an accusation at that time.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com