Gaetz’s speech kicked off the four-day “Save America Summit” hosted by Ladies for America First, the identical group liable for the rally that preceded the lethal invasion of the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Along with telling the group that he was “a champion of ladies,” Gaetz praised among the most necessary girls in his life—together with thanking Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for her help. Then Gaetz repeatedly mentioned that each one the fees in opposition to him had been lies and conspiracy theories originating both from the media or the “deep state.”
Because the South Florida Solar-Sentinel famous, most of the girls current appeared enthralled with Gaetz, and able to dismiss the fees in opposition to him. “I really like him and I do consider what he’s saying,” mentioned one 71-year-old attendee. “I consider what the media is accusing him of is faux.”
Nonetheless, as The New York Instances reported, they’ve the receipts. Gaetz’s pal, former Florida Republican official and 33 occasions indicted Joel Greenberg, has agreed to a plea deal, one that can most definitely contain testimony regarding Gaetz. Data present that for at the very least two years, Greenberg labored to safe girls for Gaetz by the straightforward technique of giving them “presents.” Of money. Receipts from cell apps used to ship money present funds from Gaetz to Greenberg, from Greenberg to girls, and in at the very least one case instantly from Gaetz to the ladies. A few of these girls have already mentioned that these funds had been for intercourse.
Intercourse work, like another type of labor, ought to not be unlawful. However it’s. The ladies concerned needs to be protected by a authorized framework that promotes their security. They’re not. What Gaetz and Greenberg had been doing was neither working a authorized, regulated operation in a state like Nevada, and it was not, as Gaetz has mentioned, being “beneficiant” to their “dates.” They had been soliciting girls for intercourse by funds that included funding interstate journey, accommodations, and direct funds of money. Illegally.
And there’s one other level: Greenberg has already been indicted for intercourse trafficking of at the very least one underage woman. Gaetz has been reportedly accused of the identical crime. In any case, the age of the ladies Greenberg was recruiting for Gaetz might be deduced by trying on the memos he wrote whereas sending them funds utilizing the money app Venmo. These memos learn: “faculty,” “faculty,” and “tuition.”
In opposition to this background, having Gaetz step ahead to inform Ladies for America “if you need one thing executed, ask a girl” has a sure bitter irony. Nonetheless, when Gaetz was not utilizing his speech to name all his accusers liars, he was selling the Huge Lie of the “stolen” election.
A yr out from the election, in accordance with Gaetz, Democrats knew that Trump couldn’t be defeated. So that they tried to question him, however that didn’t work. They couldn’t late a glove on Trump. “Till Marxists attacked our streets,” mentioned Gaetz. “The Chinese language coronavirus assaults our our bodies, and fraud attacked the election course of itself.”
Nonetheless, Gaetz advised the group, even this coalition of germ-fortified communists within the U.S. and China was nonetheless not sufficient. “So that they ran to the mailbox with hundreds of thousands of ballots swirling round with none true and verifiable connection to precise voters.”
If you’re charged with intercourse trafficking underaged ladies, selling an rebellion may very well be a step up.
Gaetz was, after all, one of many members of Congress who voted to nullify the outcomes of the 2020 election by disputing the electoral votes of states that Trump misplaced. His actions on Jan. 6 instantly supported the rebellion. It shouldn’t be stunning that he’s nonetheless selling a lie that led to a number of deaths and got here near producing a real disaster for the nation’s future.
In spite of everything, Matt Gaetz may use an excellent distraction proper now.