Report: Matt Gaetz Asked Trump to Pardon Him for “Any” Crimes He Might Have Committed (Like Sex With a Minor)
And in a stomach-churning passage from his book, Gaetz wrote: “The president has called me when I was in my car, asleep in the middle of the night on my Longworth Office cot, on the throne, on airplanes, in nightclubs, and even in the throes of passion (yes, I answered).” And Gaetz’s fealty didn’t stop with Trump’s election defeat. After Trump left office, Gaetz suggested he would leave Congress to defend Trump full time, though in yet another sad turn, “Trump’s advisers showed no interest.” The Congressman also publicly attacked Rep. Liz Cheney, holding an anti-Cheney rally in Wyoming, after she had the audacity to vote to impeach Trump. And as a show of thanks, Trump has…done absolutely nothing to defend Gaetz, which has got to hurt considering the complimentary things he’s said about sexual predators in the past.
Spokesman for the Congressman insisted that he had never requested a pardon “in connection with the continuing Justice Department inquiry,” which might mean more if the Times report hadn’t specifically said that Gaetz did not mention that he was under investigation but rather lumped his request for a pardon in with ones for other allies. “Entry-level political operatives have conflated a pardon call from Representative Gaetz — where he called for President Trump to pardon ‘everyone from himself, to his administration, to Joe Exotic’ — with these false and increasingly bizarre, partisan allegations against him,” the spokesman said in a statement. “Those comments have been on the record for some time, and President Trump even retweeted the congressman, who tweeted them out himself.” More than 12 hours after the Times report was published, Trump issued a two line statement claiming Gaetz never personally asked him for a pardon, which, again, the Times clearly states was not the case:
Trump releases a statement denying Gaetz ever asked for a pardon and reminding people Gaetz has denied allegations against him. (Reports said Gaetz didn’t ask Trump directly for a blanket pardon – he asked the WH and Trump was made aware) pic.twitter.com/8ZmGQoZzGC
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) April 7, 2021
Oh, and in other Gaetz news, the Washington Post reports that as a state Representative, Gaetz was one of just two people to vote against a bill aimed at preventing individuals from sharing sexually explicit photos of their ex-partners online, i.e revenge porn. Retired Republican Tom Goodson said on Monday that Gaetz was “the leading opponent of the nonconsensual pornography bill [Goodson] spent years trying to pass,” and described a meeting at which Gaetz claimed that if a person gives an explicit photo to a romantic partner, that image becomes the recipient’s property. “Matt was absolutely against it,” Goodson told the Orlando Sentinel. “He thought the picture was his to do with what he wanted. He thought that any picture was his to use as he wanted to, as an expression of his rights.”
All of which checks out, given last week‘s report from CNN that Gaetz, who resembles a revolting mutation of a young Ted Kennedy, apparently showed nude photos of women he’d supposedly slept with to colleagues on the House floor.
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