Rep. Matt Gaetz under federal investigation for trafficking & abusing a 17-year-old

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For a while, Matt Gaetz was just another interchangeable MAGA congressman looking to ally himself with Donald Trump. People immersed in Florida politics knew more about him – the family money, the multiple DUIs, the shady associations – but nationally, I don’t think people paid close attention to him until the absolutely bonkers story about Nestor, a now-20-year-old Cuban man whom Gaetz claims is his “adopted son.” Gaetz did not adopt Nestor, but Gaetz possibly groomed Nestor from a young age, and Nestor now lives with him. It’s… a lot. And as it turns out, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Gaetz is currently under federal investigation for human trafficking and sexual abuse of a teenage girl.

Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida and a close ally of former President Donald J. Trump, is being investigated by the Justice Department over whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him, according to three people briefed on the matter. Investigators are examining whether Mr. Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws, the people said. A variety of federal statutes make it illegal to induce someone under 18 to travel over state lines to engage in sex in exchange for money or something of value. The Justice Department regularly prosecutes such cases, and offenders often receive severe sentences.

It was not clear how Mr. Gaetz met the girl, believed to be 17 at the time of encounters about two years ago that investigators are scrutinizing, according to two of the people.

The investigation was opened in the final months of the Trump administration under Attorney General William P. Barr, the two people said. Given Mr. Gaetz’s national profile, senior Justice Department officials in Washington — including some appointed by Mr. Trump — were notified of the investigation, the people said.

The three people said that the examination of Mr. Gaetz, 38, is part of a broader investigation into a political ally of his, a local official in Florida named Joel Greenberg, who was indicted last summer on an array of charges, including sex trafficking of a child and financially supporting people in exchange for sex, at least one of whom was an underage girl. Mr. Greenberg, who has since resigned his post as tax collector in Seminole County, north of Orlando, visited the White House with Mr. Gaetz in 2019, according to a photograph that Mr. Greenberg posted on Twitter.

No charges have been brought against Mr. Gaetz, and the extent of his criminal exposure is unclear. Mr. Gaetz said in an interview that his lawyers had been in touch with the Justice Department and that they were told he was the subject, not the target, of an investigation. “I only know that it has to do with women,” Mr. Gaetz said. “I have a suspicion that someone is trying to recategorize my generosity to ex-girlfriends as something more untoward.”

Mr. Gaetz called the investigation part of an elaborate scheme involving “false sex allegations” to extort him and his family for $25 million that began this month. He said he and his father, Don Gaetz, had been cooperating with the F.B.I. and “wearing a wire” after they were approached by people saying they could make the investigation “go away.” Mr. Gaetz claimed the disclosure of the sex trafficking inquiry was intended to thwart an investigation into the extortion plot.

[From The NY Times]

What began happening yesterday evening and throughout the night was something of a feeding frenzy of gossip, offensively bad takes and actual criminal conspiracy. There were conservatives arguing that well actually it’s not really *that* wrong to transport teenagers across state lines to have sex with them in exchange for money. Which is a hell of an argument to make. It’s also worth noting that Gaetz was the lone vote against a federal anti-human trafficking bill a few years ago too – so clearly, this is a long-held belief, that he should be able to traffic minors for sexual abuse and statutory rape.

Gaetz tweeted out some accusations about how HE is the victim of an attempted extortion scheme involving DOJ officials. That story makes zero sense. He also tried to pull something when he appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show and even Tucker did not have his back (which surprised me, I’ll be honest). Gaetz even tries to rope Tucker’s wife into it. Tucker called this “one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever conducted.”

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  1. FeedMeChips says:

    Shocker of the century right here.

    • Midge says:

      The only shocking thing is that this involves young girls and not young boys.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      The only congress creep who didn’t support anti- sex trafficking legislation.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I was so happy reading about this in the news yesterday, as I had to take a break from watching the George Floyd trial. I loved all of the reactions on Twitter of this POS and it was glorious!! As for his tale about it being extortion, I was laughing so hard about how he was twisting the story to the news outlets, the reputable ones, not Faux news. That he was being asked to assist the FBI/DOJ was instrumental in his lies and fabrication as if someone who is actively working as a mole would make such a public statement. After his attempts to overturn the election, after the insurrection, is icing on the cake! He is one of the few most deplorable RepubliCAN’TS that need to go, including our own Cruz who is an insult to everyone’s moral fiber. There was also an opinion piece by NYT, WaPo, or some other outlet that suggested Gaetz get out now so he can utilize his position to transfer into any news organization, anything but stay in office. Which I think is advise he should take otherwise he is a dead duck professionally, but he may already be one.

    • sunny says:

      Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person. He is a garbage human and I hope the kids he has hurt find peace.

  2. Miranda says:

    Yeah, OK, but tell me again how the GOP is America’s moral compass.

    Also, Matt Gaetz looks like a Neanderthal with a Botox addiction.

    • margie says:

      nailed it

    • Gab says:

      All of them tbh! Look at Cuomo! This goes across political parties and beyond politics into literally every industry.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Did you hear about what his budy Joel Greenberg was doing? He was elected as a “tax collector”, and went crazy! He hired a bunch of his bros, said they needed to be armed to be tax collectors and bought a bunch of guns with tax payer money. He created badges for them to use. He even pulled over a woman for “speeding”, even though he does not have that authority! He would take people’s expired drivers licenses that they were returning to the gov’t, and use those to transport underage girls. I’m guessing that’s where Gaetz comes in. He probably used one of the IDs to move his victim(s) around.

      The GOP talks about hating wasteful spending, but when they get the keys to the bank account, they are worse than dems.

      • Joanna says:

        All of this! ^^

      • Courtney B says:

        Rachel Maddow did the Greenberg story last night. It was BONKERS! Then she got to the Gaetz part and I yelled to my hubby that celebitchy called this months ago. It’s crazy.

    • Belly says:

      I was just thinking he looks like ‘generic baddie’ or ‘superhero nemesis’ from central casting.

    • fishface says:

      He’s a very scary looking individual…

  3. OSTONE says:

    So where are all of the Q anti pedophilia crusaders now? I hear crickets… I can totally see this moron as being the scapegoat of the big guys. He is going to take the fall isn’t he?

    • Keats says:

      Well they only care about the droves of babies being eaten in underground bunkers by the powerful deep state cabal, duh

    • Watson says:

      Yes! Right?? Where is QAnon? Where is everyone with their pitchforks ready to skewer this guy and his cabal of pedophiles/human traffickers?

      Also: what a disgusting creep. I hope his fiancé dumps his ass, and the kids he groomed can get therapy and peace away from this sick bastard.

    • Miranda says:

      No no no! He’s not actually a sick, predatory f–k, he just has to play along in order to catch the REAL pervs! Or maybe he’s like those guys you’d occasionally see on To Catch a Predator, who tried to tell Chris Hansen that they only showed up at the house to tell the would-be victim how dangerous her behavior was.

    • Arpeggi says:

      I can’t wait to see how they spin it to blame Hilary

      • pottymouth pup says:

        @Arpeggi

        they’ve already spun the ship blocking the suez canal on Hillary (apparently she was trafficking thousands of humans on it according to the Q folks) so I”m sure it’s only a matter of time for them to blame this on HRC too

      • Arpeggi says:

        Yeezus! Maybe it’s due to my 4 zoom meetings back to back but spinning the Ever Given on HRC made me laugh. The mental gymnastic some people will do is impressive

    • Korra says:

      It only matters if they can accuse Democrats of being pedophiles. Republicans? Either a misunderstanding, twisting logic that claims it was legal or a setup by the deep state.

    • Britta says:

      Well, I’m a conservative, and I 100% believe he should be investigated, and he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for any wrongdoings. I don’t know a single conservative that would disagree with me. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are total psychopaths. Unfortunately, politics attracts that personality disorder. It’s revolting, and my heart breaks for these children!

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Q and the rest has never claimed to want the pedophiles out of the government. They only claim to want the dem pedos out… the GOP pedophiles are free to worship satan and sacrifice and whatever else.

    • Emily_C says:

      QAnon was started by men who ran a message board chock full of child porn (8kun.) I believe it was purposefully done by them in order to distract from actual, living, breathing children who are sexually abused. QAnon has caused massive problems for real agencies that fight for real victims of sexual abuse. They have clogged their lines, so that it’s much harder for them to find real reports. I believe this was the goal.

      Something similar happened with the Satanic Panic in the 80s-90s. At least one of the main people who pushed it raped children.

  4. My3cents says:

    Eagerly awaiting that can of worms to implode.

  5. Piratewench says:

    I’ve been disgusted that some of my extended family is MAGA. But the peak of disgust came when I made the mistake of looking at my cousin’s Twitter only to realize he’s basically in love with this slimy, angry, horrible Gaetz man.

    I’ll never forget this sh** and I’ll never look at people who support all these MAGA lowlifes the same. No place in the life of my mixed-race, mixed-religion immediate family for hateful MAGA people who worship this type of man. He’s horrible.

  6. Myra says:

    I saw a headline briefly last night and I thought it was going to be about his “son”. Lock him up!!

  7. Sunnydaze says:

    None of this interview made sense….like, none of it. The actual Times story, yes, but this….wtf. side note, did Tucker Carlson actually engage in journalism? I think that’s the only shocking part about this.

    • Jo73c says:

      I guess even Tucker Carlson has to draw the line somewhere.

      • sa says:

        I think the line Tucker Carlson draws is when someone tries to drag him into the mess with them.

    • ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

      It really is a weird interview. The only thing that gives me pause is that he insisted there is a wire and challenged the FBI to release it. Why would he do that if he didn’t at least believe the wire supports his story? otherwise he is just asking to be smacked down. Or maybe he knows that the FBI won’t release a wire in an ongoing investigation so he won’t be caught in a lie. Also a lawyer extorting someone— I know a lot of people don’t like lawyers, but that kind of conduct would lead to disbarment. I wonder if he’s talking about a demand letter on behalf of this Mike Davis‘s client.

      • Nina says:

        There probably are some wiretapped conversations but his dad was not a party to it. He s trying to find out exactly what the FBI knows and for some reason, he thinks going on Fox will force their hand in releasing information on their investigation.

        If he has done nothing wrong then there is no need to be that agitated. Nice try in trying to link the Biden administration to his disgusting behavior.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        You can be the victim of extortion while also being the perpetrator of another crime. Keeping the crime a secret will make you vulnerable to being extorted.

    • Onemoretime says:

      Yeah, they are going to totally throw this creep under the bus. Trump, Barr & the maga’s knew this pervert was guilty as we all did when he was the sole No vote on the human trafficking bill. The GQP always accuses the Dems of the crimes & misdeeds they themselves are doing.

      • cassandra says:

        We can only hope they do throw him under the bus and this d-bag’s political career ends now. Off to OAN you go!

    • Maida says:

      Tucker Carlson was engaging in saving his own skin and that of Fox, nothing more. Basically it’s like OAN running that disclaimer before Mike Lindell’s unhinged “documentary” about voting fraud.

      • Lizzie says:

        Yes. Gaetz was like ‘ you remember that WOMAN I brought to dinner with you and your wife? RIght? Right?’. Tucker is not getting tangled up in this.

  8. Alissa says:

    the fact that five days ago he tweeted if he had a scandal, he wanted it called Gaetzgate is too funny to me.

    his whole extortion thing didn’t make sense at all.

    honestly one of my first thoughts was if he groomed Nestor to act as his Ghislaine Maxwell. 😬

    • Chaine says:

      That’s what I thought too! We had it all wrong, he doesn’t have sexual interest in teen boys, he needed a teen boy living with him to introduce him to teen girls and act as cover for why teen girls were there!

  9. Jenns says:

    We’re seconds away from Republicans blaming the Lil Nas X music video for this, but also in the same breath declaring that it’s perfectly acceptable for a man to date a 17 year old.

    • Miranda says:

      I mean, this IS the party that put a rapist on the Supreme Court and endorsed a sex pest in Alabama for a Senate seat, after all.

  10. Indywom says:

    I hear even other Republicans on the Hill hate his guts are secretly cheering for his downfall.

  11. SM says:

    Well, well. Colour me surprised. Once I heard about this weird arrangement with the “adoption”, I did say that Gaetz gives me the vibe of someone who abuses girls and boys and his conservative politics is a fake shield against his sexual digressions and confusion. He just gives me a sexual predator bro vibes. Always has.

    • Alissa says:

      my husband said last night that if you were casting a movie and needed a sleazy politician or rich sex predator, Gaetz looks exactly like the guy you would hire.

      • Murphy says:

        I know, I can’t believe we aren’t being punked, he looks like he was literally illustrated for that role.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, I can’t believe the Nestor stuff was swept under the rug so quickly.

      Another odd thing about yesterday was ahead of all this there were a couple stories about how Gaetz was going to resign or not pursue re-election to join Newsmax. He seems to know that at least his Congressional career is over.

      • MsIam says:

        I heard that he’s not running for re-election and going to news max. Also that Ivanka wants to run for his seat. From Dumb to Dumber I guess.

  12. Becks1 says:

    When even Tucker Carlson is like, “uhhhhhh…..” then you know you have officially jumped the shark with your defenses and explanations.

    If this was part of some FBI sting operation, then Gaetz just blew it all wide open by…..announcing the sting operation. So that argument makes zero sense.

    So its clear that the GOP has no problem with paying teenagers for sex and traveling with them. No wonder they were all so buddy buddy with Epstein.

    Gaetz’s defense on Tucker Carlson was very carefully worded, he referred to her as a 17 year old woman (not a girl) and stated that he did not travel with her. So….he did have a relationship with a 17 year old? two years ago? when he was 36?

    • Christin says:

      A Morning Joe panelist commented that Tucker was not only interviewer, but a potential witness. Apparently Matt said something to him about remembering that girl he was with, etc.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yup, he was definitely trying to pull Tucker into it, which of course I could see (that Tucker was also having sex with underage girls and paying them) but then he was also making some comments about Tucker’s wife. It was very weird and I thought it was obvious that Gaetz was desperate (I didnt watch the whole interview, just a few clips.)

      • lucy2 says:

        He did! I saw that clip and he was like “you know, Tucker, you were there with your wife, you met her!” and Tucker stopped doing his dumb dog trying to read face and was like “uh, I don’t recall that…”
        The only good thing is most of these awful people are too stupid to get away with it forever.

    • Seraphina says:

      I too picked up on the 17 year old WOMAN reference – trying to change the labeling and optics. I have a 17 year old nephew – he is a CHILD and the 17 year old female is one as well.

      • Ursaline says:

        Same. My 17 year old son doesn’t need to mess with someone over twice his age either. That’s child abuse.

  13. Christin says:

    I’m surprised he isn’t claiming to now have adopted a girl.

    Some were claiming the story was confusing, but really it isn’t. The new allegations he’s tossing out are completely separate from the core, months-long investigation.

  14. Lightpurple says:

    Gaetz is a frequent attendee of Charlie Kirk’s TPUSA events aimed at high school kids. There’s likely a lot more to this.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      All those pics of him posing with high school girls are extra creepy now right?!?!?!

      • LightPurple says:

        Extremely.

      • lucy2 says:

        Ew.

        dump and all his cretins have been projecting their crimes onto Democrats for years, I guess the whole Q/child trafficking thing is just one more example. How disgusting.

    • Tiffany says:

      And isn’t that event where he first met Nestor?

      • LightPurple says:

        Quite possibly. There have been rumors for year that kids have complained of assaults and harassment at these events. Kirk uses his social media accounts to attack any woman who makes a complaint against a Republican. He still attacks Christine Blasey Ford on a regular basis and last night tweeted a bizarre rant against abortion after rape. The guy and those he associates with are misogynists to the core and see women as nothing more than toys.

  15. Joanna says:

    POS

  16. Liz version 700 says:

    Matt came to my attention when he stalked Michael Cohen on behalf of Trump while he testified for congress. I especially remember the threats to tell Cohen’s family about his supposed mistress. He has only disgusted me more as time went on. And as much as I loathe Tucker Carlson, I could watch the clips from last night over and over. There is nothing funny about raping a minor (and a child cannot consent to sex it IS RAPE). However, the look on Carlson’s face when Matt tries to implicate him as a witness in a federal investigation…chef’s kiss! Matt’s sweet sweet Fox Money may be at an end and that may be the least of his problems, and Tuckers for that matter. I couldn’t love that more. I bet there will be others. So many others before this ends.

  17. Yup, Me says:

    Tucker Carlson is an evil lipless demon with a face that looks like it is slowly but surely melting off his skull, but Gaetz was a dumbass for attempting to tie him in to make his own point. (I also wonder if that was an attempted threat, implying any investigation could be extended Tucker’s way).

    They can both go down, though. They’re terrible and harmful to the country.

    • Coco says:

      I was just thinking that Gaetz’s skull is rebelling against his face by slowly smushing all his facial features together so eventually his mouth will be too tiny to talk.

    • elle says:

      Chef’s kiss to you and @Coco. Hilarious (and horrifying)

    • Juls says:

      Gaetz looks like the Predator after the mask comes off

  18. Veronica S. says:

    Everything is projection with the GOP. What’s said is you can bet there are far more victims than much this one.

    • Betsy says:

      However many there are, we know from his own stupid mouth that there are pictures. Of underaged prostitutes. So in addition to being creepy and weird looking, he’s at least a statutory rapist (which we already surmised from the age that he claims to have become “Nestor’s father.”)

  19. Amy Bee says:

    It’s clear to me that Gaetz is a paedophile.

  20. fluffy says:

    I can’t help but think every time I see his face that he looks like the illegitimate son of Beavis and Butthead.

  21. Lowrider says:

    He has sleaze bag written all over this face.

  22. Betsy says:

    Tucker Carlson has made inappropriate comments about minors. He did a radio show with Bubba the Love Sponge where he talks about sexual experimentation among 14 year olds and says if it weren’t for his daughter being in the age group, he’d be all for it. He put it more disgustingly than that.

  23. Tiffany says:

    Joel Greenburg (who is up on some very serious trafficking charges himself) sold out Forehead Fornicator here.

    Good. Let them fight.

    • Ponchorella says:

      The Joel Greenberg story is a very interesting read. He was my local tax collector. In addition to trading fake IDs for sex and being a sugar daddy, he also used some typical Rethuglican projection on a school teacher that was going to run for tax collector. He was using a Roger Stone linked social media account to accuse the teacher of sleeping with his students, while also calling the poor teacher’s school and pretending to be concerned parents to discourage him from running for office. When Greenberg won office, he blew 1.5 mil of county money on a bunch of guns and crazy shit.

      Greenberg just got rearrested a couple weeks ago for leaving the area and stalking his wife in south Florida.

  24. Lizzie Bathory says:

    That’s why his hair is so big. It’s full of secrets.

  25. Lizzie says:

    If he isn’t charged he will still be sued by the lawyer whom he said tried to blackmail his family for 25 million. The lawyer said Gaetz senor called him and it was a discussion with a father worried about the trouble his son was in. The lawyer would also like for any tapes to be released.

  26. Lunasf17 says:

    For being the party that embraces child sex trafficking conspiracies and seems to be obsessed with thinking about sex with kids, this party sure does have a lot of underage sex scandals. Projection much?

  27. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    If only he could be found guilty and thrown in the slammer. But here we are. We’ll have to endure Republican excuses and talking points for who knows how long. Hang him by his pelotas and call it a day. Gross.

  28. MsIam says:

    I hope this just the beginning of Republican Karma. I hope the whole house falls down on their heads! I’m sure he’s not the only one that’s involved in this mess or something similar.

  29. Jaded says:

    Weirdly enough, he got engaged in December to a “Ginger Luckey”, sister to billionaire Palmer Luckey who has a bit of a shady business past and has faced several lawsuits. He was asked to step down from the board of Oculus (a company he developed then sold to FB) because he donated $10,000 to Nimble America, a pro-Donald Trump group that ran a billboard campaign in 2016 displaying Hillary Clinton with the caption “Too Big to Jail”. Apparently he’s a huge Trump supporter. Did Gaetz get engaged because he knew this investigation was coming down and wanted cover? Did he get engaged because he wants a billionaire Trump supporter to be on his side? If so he’s blown it big time. This just gets curiouser and curiouser….

    • Ponchorella says:

      Gaetz found out he was being investigated a “few months ago” and got engaged on Dec. 30th at Mar-a-Lardo. Draw your own conclusions. I’m guessing he knew that his relationship with Nestor was going to also get some scrutiny, and it would look less sketchy if he was engaged/married. Some billionaire money wouldn’t hurt either.

      What is extremely interesting is that it was Bill Barr that opened the investigation. I’m guessing it was political leverage of some sort.

      • Jaded says:

        Exactly. And I love “Mar-a-Lardo” LOL!!

      • Tiffany says:

        And wasn’t that also the same time frame where he was making sure he was posing with pics of Forgotten Child Not Complicit, Tiffany.

        He was trying to make something happen with that too and the next thing you know, Tiffany was announcing her engagement.

  30. Amelie says:

    I saw a tweet last night that said “To be honest, I was expecting a very different Matt Gaetz sex scandal.” and it’s the only thing I can really say about this whole thing. I’m really surprised at how this has come about but not surprised this is happening if that makes any sense! I honestly had no idea who this moron was until a few weeks ago–I had seen his name on social media here and there but never bothered to do any research. Only became familiar with what he looked like in the last few weeks. What a creepy looking man.

    • Christin says:

      Some may recall him wearing a gas mask to make fun of the early pandemic request to wear face coverings.

      • Liz version 700 says:

        I remember that very well.

      • Courtney B says:

        And he had to get his colleague, a DEMOCRAT who is a Marine, to show him how to put it on right because he was walking around with it wrong.

  31. Nina Simone says:

    An interesting aspect of this is that the investigation began while Trump was in office, so I’d like to see him credibly play this as the deep state. Although the MAGAts are so easily swayed. Anyways, it was only a matter of time for this demon faced piece of shit. We all knew that Nestor story was bs. I can’t wait till the rest of them are implicated. They are all criminals and a threat to this country

  32. Leah says:

    It’s always whenever they claim democrats are up to something, they themselves are caught actually up to it. Party of projection indeed. Regardless if it’s voter fraud or something as awful as this. I can only imagine the horrors if lump had been elected again, guys like this getting away with crimes like this. Hope this creep goes to prison. Never liked him before this because he’s such a hypocrite. He’s so anti college when he himself went to college and got an education himself. I remember what he said about how welders make more than philosophy majors and welders don’t have to attend college. He was put straight, because even welders have to go to school to earn a higher wage. Metallurgy is a science.

    This guy is a monster and he needs to be removed from Congress, now.

    • Leah says:

      Oops I’m sorry, it was another Florida GOP Trump monster who made that welders vs philosophy majors comment. Marco Rubio.

      I get the Trump monsters mixed up because they are all the same.

    • Courtney B says:

      Yeah that’s a dick comment. My uncle and his son are both plumbers and had a long process towards certification. It’s not like it’s some brainless job. It’s a skill. I’m glad the Biden administration has talked about making trade school/certification easier to afford as well as community and 4 year colleges.

  33. detritus says:

    He has a mean face.

  34. Seraphina says:

    He is wearing the uniform of Trump: Blue suit, white shirt and red tie. There is symbolism there and I don’t mean the good ole red, white and blue patriot kind.
    And also, a 17 year old is not a woman or a man – they are children. Plain and simple, no matter how he tries to change the optics. But, he is wearing the uniform and following the Trump’s MO.

  35. L4frimaire says:

    It’s always Florida isn’t it? This is wild. I don’t know what to make of this story but will not be surprised if it’s worse than first reported and he said some weird stuff in the interview that sounded self- incriminating. Such an opportunistic slime ball and gives off creepy vibes from miles away. Gaetz is an overgrown, rapey frat boy and don’t know how voters are so easily duped by these scammers. If he does resign, someone just as bad and corrupt will replace him because, well the GOP does not care about principles or integrity.Between this and the new revelations about Epstein/Maxwell, there is a big problem in that state that will be going up the chain of power.

    • Courtney B says:

      My friend started a Facebook group years ago called WTFlorida. It’s where you can post all the weird Florida news because, yep, it’s always Florida. Lol

  36. Valerie says:

    All along, the calls were coming from inside the house.

  37. sa says:

    When Gaetz was first elected I read an article about him that mentioned a girlfriend (maybe former girlfriend, I can’t remember the details), but the article gave their ages and she was young enough that a friend and I were creeped out and we actually googled the age of consent in Florida because we were confused by how matter-of-fact the article was about their ages, I wish I better remembered the details. Anyway, since the first thing I knew about Matt Gaetz had me looking up age of consent in his state, I wasn’t completely shocked when this came out. Maybe more shocked that he’s actually being investigated and may be held to account.

  38. Jonsey says:

    Pervs of a feather, perv together.

  39. JaneDoe says:

    I know this might sound crazy, but i have to wonder if the whole thing is an orchestrated attempt (orchestrated by Gaetz AND possible Trump-appointed employees of the Justice Dept) to make the whole “Matt Gaetz-is-probably-gay-and-that-guy-he-claims-is-his-adopted-son-is-his-live-in-lover” thing go away. I think Gaetz is FULLY aware that people had started having those conversations about him, and i thought his response upon being asked about the charges (except there ARE no actual charges filed against him, ALSO odd) where he said; “i know it has to do with women”, kind of strange. Unless you look at it as a way for him to squash those gay rumors. I know it has to do with WOMEN. Ha ha, sure.

    • bettyrose says:

      Oh GEEZUS! That’s a disturbingly awful and upsettingly plausible theory. Like, I don’t doubt Gaetz needs to shake that gay image for his career, but maybe just get a woman friend to be seen in public with him?

  40. why? says:

    I always suspected that many members of the republican party only supported Trump because he had major dirt on them. Every time Ron Johnson, Lindsey, Rand Paul, Rubio, Cruz, Nunes, Hawley, Jordan, and Mitch go out of their way to defend Trump, the press needs to start asking what dirt does he have on them.

  41. JaneDoe says:

    Also i forgot to mention that if someone wanted to blackmail Matt Gaetz, i think we ALL know it wouldnt be a threat to tell everyone about an underage GIRL he was seeing, it would be about an underage BOY (that boy probably being Nestor). Also im sorry but the whole “blackmailing my family for 25 million” thing just sounds RIDIC

  42. Tiffany :) says:

    White men whose daddies throw money at their problems, so they never have to face consequences for their actions, are SO DANGEROUS. Gaetz is a classic example.

    • bettyrose says:

      SOOOOO so dangerous. Sure Gaetz is a classic example, but so is the horror show that has been the U.S. for four years with plenty of residual awfulness.

  43. Midge says:

    It’s pretty clear Gaetz’s family money bough his seat in Congress, too.

  44. why? says:

    Matt lied. He wasn’t being extorted. The text that he claimed was an attempt to extort him and his family was just a campaign funding text to raise money for prisoners in other countries. Matt knew this when he quoted the text on Tucker’s show. My main concern is that Matt will get away with this, just like he got away with harassing Cohen and Liz. He is flat out lying about being extorted and the DOJ is wasting time investigating his false claims. Matt isn’t even denying that he was having a relationship with a child.

  45. bettyrose says:

    WTF is with the sexual predators in the republican party? I know Dems are constantly being called out for having affairs and hiring escorts (who by definition are above the age of consent) , but that is NOT the same thing as preying on children.

  46. Bread and Circuses says:

    It was so weird watching this guy frantically digging his grave deeper. Shutting up would have been the only smart option, and instead he was on Tucker saying, “CIRCLE THE WAGONS, MY FELLOW SKEEVY DUDE.”

    Also, a person can be the subject of an extortion attempt AND be guilty of the crime. That’s why people with dodgy criminal or sexual histories are considered national security risks if they’re in office; they’re blackmailable.

    But so much of American conservatism has warped into grievance by any means necessary. It’s just a knee-jerk reaction now for Trumpists to claim victimhood when they’re simply being held accountable for their actions.

  47. The Recluse says:

    Buzzards of feather….