The Washington Examiner published an op-ed penned by Congressman Matt Gaetz where the Florida Republican tries to defend himself amid a flurry of scandals. Gaetz’s troubles are mounting each day after reports surfaced that the MAGA Congressman was known for showing off nude pictures of women he’d been with and that he and other Republicans in the Florida Legislature played a game in which they earned points for sleeping with women, earning extra points if they have sex with a virgin. The Department of Justice is investigating whether Gaetz had sex with a teenage girl, bringing her across state lines and paying for sex.
“Yes, just like the mafia, the D.C. swamp protects its “made men.” Since I’m taking my turn under the gun, let me address the allegations against me directly,” Gaetz wrote. “First, I have never, ever paid for sex. And second, I, as an adult man, have not slept with a 17-year-old.”
“Predictably, the anti-Trump cheerleaders such as Meghan McCain, Bill Kristol, and sadly, some of my feckless colleagues in Congress are going to call for me to resign,” the Florida Republican continued.
“And no, I am absolutely not resigning,” he insisted.
Gaetz also said that he’s not living the same lifestyle he once did, and I’m not sure how his choice of words is a good defense.
“My lifestyle of yesteryear may be different from how I live now, but it was not and is not illegal. I defended Rep. Katie Hill’s “throuple” when her own Democratic colleagues wouldn’t,” he wrote. “I just didn’t think it was anyone’s business.”
Gaetz brought up his “prior sex life.”
“It comes as no surprise that my political opponents want to sensationalize and criminalize my prior sex life just as I am getting engaged to the best person I’ve ever known,” he continued. “It is regrettable that the battle of ideas should thus become so personal. But then again, when your ideas suck, you need to stoop this low.”
“My personal life is and always has been conducted on my own time and my own dime,” Gaetz wrote. “Consensual adult relationships are not illegal. Although I’m sure some partisan crooks in Merrick Garland’s Justice Department want to pervert the truth and the law to go after me, I will not be intimidated or extorted. The battle for America’s future demands gladiators, and I am going to keep getting back up and fighting, every single day.”
What about Hunter Biden, though.
“The Biden Justice Department would rather investigate me for adult, consensual sex than Hunter Biden for his shady business dealings, than others for illegal leaks, or a former Justice Department official for the evident extortion of a congressman. Go figure,” he added.
OK, dude, but the investigation began while former Attorney General Bill Barr was serving in the Trump administration. That wasn’t Merrick Garland. The Attorney General under the Biden administration will continue that investigation. Good try, though, I guess. The GOP really has become the party of victimization.
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