Matt Gaetz has again denied a crime that hasn’t actually been alleged in any serious way. This time, it’s not his own, but Marjorie Taylor Greene’s. He’s even produced a transparently weak alibi for her.
When allegations of child sex trafficking hit Gaetz, he appeared on right-wing media to deny not only the public allegations, but others no one had actually hear — specifically, he denied being photographed with child prostitutes, which, until that point, was an accusation that had not been publicly leveled.
Now, he’s defending Greene on a charge that hasn’t been leveled at her in any serious way, either, and his defense is weak to a degree that seems almost contrived.
In the clip below, via Gaetz’ podcast, he tells Greene that she’s been accused of being the suspect who planted pipe bombs in D.C. ahead of January 6th. He quickly explains that it can’t be her — because she doesn’t wear hoodies. Having made this weak defense he hurriedly tells her not to let the audience know whether or not she actually owns one.
Matt Gaetz brought up the subject today of people suspecting Marge Greene of being the J6 pipe bomber, and her facial reaction is interesting. He then says she has an alibi. pic.twitter.com/ecko5c16GZ
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) April 26, 2022
“They were accusing you of, like, pipe bombs,” Gaetz says, seeming determined to get this allegation out as he restarts his sentence when Greene talks over him.
“Here’swhat people don’t know,” he adds. “Marjorie Taylor Greene has a total alibi for the pipe bomb thing, is that I have never seen her wearing a hoodie…I don’t even think you own a hoodie. I don’t think you’d be caught dead in a hoodie. You don’t have to respond to that.”
Following the January 6th events, there was a satirical tweet circulating, as DailyDot reported at the time, appearing to link Greene to the bombing.
The fake tweet was made to look as though it came from Greene’s account, and read as follows:
People can’t really be convicted on such flimsy circumstantial evidence as “having a similar gait” or “owning the identical shoes” or “being in DC and not having any alibi for that time” can they?! I don’t recognize this America.
If the satire wasn’t overt enough to be obvious, chalk it up to actual ridiculous things we’ve seen tweeted or said by certain Members of Congress lately.
Regardless, there’s been no serious allegation against Greene regarding pipe bombs — but expect it to be the subject of speculation now that Gaetz has put it out there.
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