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Matt Gaetz Accuses ‘Whistle Guy’ Of Assaulting Reporter — That’s Not What Video Shows

Matt Gaetz and a handful of other Republicans in the sedition caucus tried to hold a press conference in front of the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday. However, a small group of protestors proved too much for them, and they shut down quickly.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 27: (L-R) Rep. Bob Good (R-VA), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) hold a news conference outside the U.S. Department of Justice on July 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. The group of far-right conservatives held a news conference to demand answers from Attorney General Merrick Garland on the status of January 6 prisoners. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Now, Gaetz is frantically trying to redeem himself by portraying the protestors as somehow dangerous or violent. s evidence, he tweeted a video clip that he says shows one protestor, who drowned out the news conference with his whistle, assaulting a reporter. However, as everyone else on Twitter is pointing out to him, the video doesn’t show that at all.

In fact, in the video, the reporter is demanding that the whistler back away from the press conference, and he responds by telling her to move away from him. They’re clearly each in the other’s personal space, and they’re already there when the clip starts, so it’s not clear if one advanced on the other.

What is clear, however, is that the reporter repeatedly puts her hand very close to the protestor’s face and chest, and that he also puts his hand very close to her face at one point — but he never touches her.

It’s not clear how Gaetz is defining assault, but a lot of people are calling him out both for running away from protestors, and for misrepresenting the interaction.

Gaetz and his crew claim that prisoners charged in the 1/6 insurrection attempt are being denied due process, because they are being kept in lockup though they haven’t yet been convicted, and they have complained about prison conditions.



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