Someone Tell Matt Gaetz Tweeting About “Best High Schools” During Underage Sex Investigation Is A Mistake
Matt Gaetz says he’s completely innocent, and a victim of a blackmail scheme, but in the meantime, he’s under significant public scrutiny thanks to an investigation connected to an alleged relationship with an underaged girl. It might not be the best timing to share his opinions on local high schools — as many Twitter users were quick to tell him.
He can either face the allegations and stories head-on, ignore them and carry on as usual, or lie low until it all passes.
He has not chosen to lie low. Gaetz has already reportedly made an ad buy and spent donated money on attorneys, and he’s been very vocal in his denial.
Still, his tweet about a local high school — an innocuous tweet in itself, lauding the school for making a Top Schools list — has a lot of people warning him that it’s not a good time to associate himself with schools.
Congratulations @NHSEagles1 on this incredible achievement!
“Niceville High School lands in U.S. News' top 50 of Florida's 'best' high schools”https://t.co/brtFBSNtqa
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) April 29, 2021
Responses centered around outright calling Gaetz a pedophile, mocking him with some of his many selfies with student crowds, and warning him to stay far away from schools.
Florida man under investigation for trafficking underage girls is keeping track of the best high schools.
— KellieMc (@SaidItOwnIt) April 29, 2021
Pesos gone pedo…
— Sk88queen (@Sk88queen) April 29, 2021
He's obviously got one of his little "crushes" on someone there.
— Steve (@BroomallSteve) April 29, 2021
Thinking exactly the same.
— It's me (@Jenasummerlin) April 29, 2021
Congressman is trolling for side pieces pic.twitter.com/YHKi9SHP4B
— DogMomInNC (@Susan_M65) April 29, 2021
Be forewarned: We have let the local authorities know you will likely be creeping around later today trying to pick up girls at this school.
— JC (@jc99301) April 29, 2021
Pretty Soon you're gonna have to stay 1,000 ft from places like this. pic.twitter.com/gKNNdaD4iN
— MojaveDon (@DonMojave) April 29, 2021
You should probably stay away from high schools for now Matt.
— Ken Dean (@kendean20005) April 29, 2021
Gaetz has not been charged with a crime, and while the initial investigation reportedly involved paying a 17-year-old girl’s travel expenses and taking her across state lines for the purposes of sex, no additional allegations have been made public at this time involving underage girls.
However, many of Gaetz’ critics have thought there was something creepy about his attachment to teenager for some time.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 21, 2020
Photos that Gaetz may have posted to portray himself as a legislator who cares about young people and education came across to some viewers as uncomfortable.
Gaetz was also the subject of some controversy last year when voters wondered about a teen boy who showed up in several of Gaetz’ photos, before Gaetz declared the child his son and shared the story of unofficially adopting him after being in a relationship with his sister.
"It’s been the greatest thing in my life that this young man has been a part of my family, and going forward I look forward to being his biggest cheerleader."
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 19, 2020
As the Pensacola News Journal reports, Gaetz made no public acknowledgment of Nestor as a “son” until it became politically advantageous to do so, when a colleague tried to explain what it’s like to raise a child of color in America.