Thanks to Matt Gaetz and his sad and scary sex life, we finally know how vile someone in Donald Trump’s orbit must be before Donald Trump even thinks it’s worth defending them.
Abroad, Trump called Kim Jong Un his friend, defended Vladimir Putin (“There are a lot of killers. Do you think our country is so innocent?”), And ignored the murder of Mohammed bin Salman of Washington post writer Jamal Khashoggi (“The world is a very dangerous place!”). Three years after Eddie Gallagher was convicted of posing with the body of an Iraqi he had just killed and long after the Navy SEAL was presumably accused by fellow soldiers of a litany of war crimes, he was pictured with Melania and Donald.
Home, Trump stood behind Kyle Rittenhouse after shooting and killing two people during a Black Lives Matter protest. He called the white supremacists of Charlottesville “Very good people” after one of them put his car through cross-testers and murdered Heather Heyer. He said crazy QAnon conspirators, “I heard that these are people who love our country” and claimed that the insurgents of January 6 who stormed the Capitol “hugged and kissed the police and guards.” You know, they had a great relationship. A lot of people were invited in, and then they came in and they went out. He stood beside Senate candidate waving the bible Roy Moore after the women came out and said he crawled them when they were teenagers. By Jason Miller, After his ex, fellow Trump staffer AJ Delgado, said in court documents that he slipped an abortion bill in another woman’s smoothie. By Mike Flynn, who has twice pleaded guilty, and Paul Manafort and Roger stone, whose sentences he commuted after being convicted. Hell, he pardoned the Republican MPs Chris Collins, Duncan hunter, and Steve stockman as a reward for the loyal support of these crooks.
All of this begs the question of why Trump won’t really stand up for 38-year-old MP Matt Gaetz, who has spent years auditioning for a spare Trump child role, even offering to leave Congress to join the defense of impeachment of Trump and flying to Wyoming to lead a rally against Liz Cheney after the third-ranked Republican in the House voted to impeach him.
A week after the scandal began, and after Gaetz had already tried to drag Tucker Carlson into his mess in a truly bizarre interview that suggested that a restless man aware of the tight corner his own actions had put him in, Trump has offered a two-sentence statement. , denying a New York Times report that Gaetz had asked his forgiveness and saying “it must be remembered that he totally denied the charges against him”.
That’s it. Trump offered a more convincing defense of Kim Jong Un than of Matt Gaetz. He called Paul Manafort, of all men, “a good person”.
The charges around Gaetz, by the way, involved paying for (or making his friend Joel Greenberg pay for) sex with underage women. This is apparently part of an investigation that began with Attorney General Bill Barr, the man with the ax that Trump ultimately turned on and who allegedly avoided being in the same room with Gaetz even though the president had him. always in abbreviated dialing. And Gaetz did not “totally deny” the accusations, but insisted on saying, while denying having slept with underage women, that he likes to pay for women. Gaetz told Jonathan Swan, “I definitely, in my single days, provided for the women I dated. You know, I paid for the flights, the hotel rooms. I have been, you know, generous as a partner. I think someone is trying to make it look criminal when it is not.
The allegations against Gaetz are damning, as is Gaetz’s voting record in light of these allegations. In 2017, Gaetz was the only congressman to vote against a law against human trafficking. Something he might now be accused of. While in Florida State House, Gaetz was one of two people who voted against a law trying to crack down on “revenge porn”.
In his room in the Washington Examiner Gaetz wrote: “You will see more ‘drops, drops, drops’ of leaks in the media from the corrupt Justice Department and others. When you do, ask yourself why. They are not coming for me – they are coming for you. I am right on the way. This gives the impression that Gaetz doesn’t think all the information about him is available yet. And during his disastrous interview with Tucker Carlson, Gaetz said there were no photos of him.with child prostitutesSomething that no one had alleged and which is a strange thing to bring up, came out of nowhere.
the Times reports that federal investigations are aimed at determining whether Gaetz violated sex trafficking laws. The three sources who spoke to the Times said the case was linked to the prosecution of Gaetz’s ally Joel Greenberg.
So why isn’t Trump or anyone in Trumpworld standing up for Matt Gaetz? An ancient campaign help said Politico that “anyone who’s ever spent 10 minutes with the guy would realize he’s a little serious person.” Wait what? Trump is a reality TV host who paid a porn actress during his 2016 presidential campaign and suggested that bleach injection might work to cure COVID. Not being a serious person is actually a qualification to be a member of Trumpworld.
Of course, loyalty is a one-way street when it comes to Trump, but given how he has rewarded his followers so far, something smells rotten in the state of Palm Beach. It seems impossible that being removed from office has in any way affected how Trump feels about wealthy connected Florida congressman Matt Gaetz and it seems just as impossible that the weight of the accusations has somehow affected. so changed Trump’s feelings about Gaetz. You will remember Trump said “I just wish her good luck, frankly”, of accused child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, who is said to have claimed hundreds of lives. So it’s strange that Gaetz is the only suspected sex trafficker Trump doesn’t wish well.
Maybe if Matt Gaetz was a fascist dictator Donald Trump would be nicer to him?