Shifting Goalposts: Matt Gaetz Can’t Be Sex Trafficking If No Women Have Complained, Colleague Claims
Matt Gaetz has been accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage teen, taking her across state lines and paying for her travel and accommodations. His House colleagues and former classmates have (informally) accused him of more, including paying women for sex and showing coworkers and others nude photos of women he’s dated. His alleged co-conspirator wrote a confession letter and sent texts that seem to implicate both in sex crimes.
Still, Marjorie Taylor Greene, one of Gaetz’s newest House colleagues, says that none of it counts unless women have come forward with complaints.
Thank you @mtgreenee for standing tall with me against the liars and the leakers.
The American people are fed up and disgusted with the media’s smear campaigns. We’re not going anywhere. pic.twitter.com/RiTMUQHw8h
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 8, 2021
Speaking to Tucker Carlson in the clip above, Greene points out that Brett Kavanaugh and Andrew Cuomo have both had women come forward with allegations, but that no women have spoken to claim that Gaetz raped them or trafficked them, or even that he was inappropriate.
This is a massive goalpost-shift, since in the case of Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford did come forward to identify herself as a victim, did level an accusation, and she was called a liar, attacked, and even after she testified before Congress, the allegations didn’t stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Having a victim come forward and out herself isn’t the bar for a criminal investigation, or for guilt.
At this point, Gaetz has not been charged with any crimes, and denies any wrongdoing, claiming that he’s merely the victim of an extortion scheme, though he has admitted that the investigation exists, and even spoke to Tucker Carlson about the alleged victim. As documented by the Washington Post, Gaetz implied that Carlson knew the teenager in question, and that Carlson and his wife had joined Gaetz and the girl for dinner once. Carlson quickly clammed up and insisted he had no idea what Gaetz was talking about, but the exchange still stands out as Gaetz acknowledging the existence of the relationship, even as he denies wrongdoing.