Donald Trump and his allies have so far remained silent on the allegations surrounding Matt Gaetz, and have not gotten into the controversial Republican legislature’s defense.
And their silence is deafening as Gaetz struggles to save his political career amid a string of lurid allegations, including allegations that he was involved in a Harry Potter-themed sex game, paid for sex with Apple Pay, and photos of Congressional colleagues on the floor. of the House. naked women.
Gaetz was one of Trump’s best allies on Capitol Hill, vigorously defending the former president against his position on the House Judiciary Committee during his first impeachment trial.
Trump, who has not been shy about making statements on a range of cases, has yet to send one to Gaetz. And a spokesman for the former president did not respond to DailyMail.com’s questions.
Donald Trump and his allies have remained silent on Matt Gaetz as Florida Republican struggles to save his political career amid a string of sexual allegations
Matt Gaetz was a top Trump ally on Capitol Hill and a frequent guest at Mar-a-Lago as seen above at the President’s Palm Beach Club in March 2020 during a dinner for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Gaetz, meanwhile, uses the president’s own playbook in drafting his defense against the allegations, including allegations that the Justice Department is investigating whether he trafficked a 17-year-old girl.
The Florida Republican has taken the offensive, reacted quickly to the hits, and appeared on conservative news networks to claim he is the victim of a conspiracy.
He claims to be the victim of an extortion plot involving former Justice Department official David McGee, who tried to push $ 25 million from his family to rescue US hostage Robert Levinson from Iran. McGree denied Gaetz’s charge.
But now that Trump and his cadres have left Gaetz for now, the congressman has been left to his own devices.
“It only works for Donald Trump,” a former Trump administration official told The Washington Post of Gaetz’s response tactic.
The former president is monitoring the situation from his Mar-a-Lago residence, the Everyday beast reported, but so far it is following the advice of assistants to keep quiet and stay out of it.
Those in Trump’s orbit see Gaetz as ‘a grenade with its pin already drawn’, Politics reported in a piece noting that the 38-year-old congressman “ had a reputation for a wild personal lifestyle that, employees say, at times bordered on recklessness. ”
“Not many people are surprised,” a Trump ally told the news broadcast.
“Anyone who’s ever spent 10 minutes with the guy would realize he’s a non-serious person,” said a former Trump campaign advisor.
Also Gaetz is not defending the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy said Gaetz would be removed from his committee assignments if the allegations were found to be true.
Gaetz has ruffled feathers in the GOP caucus with his willingness to shoot fellow Republicans. Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of the party leadership, was one of his main goals. Gaetz traveled to her home state of Wyoming to criticize her after she voted as one of 10 House Republicans for Trump’s second impeachment.
So far, only two House Republicans have really defended Gaetz: Ohio Republican Jim Jordan, who faced his own allegations, ignoring allegations of sexual assault from wrestlers regarding their Ohio State University coach, and Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia, who lost her committee assignments after Democrats voted her out of them in the wake of conspiracy theories she spread on social media.
Matt Gaetz takes a selfie with President Donald Trump on the House floor
Matt Gaetz introduced his fiancé Ginger Lucky at Donald Trump’s Palm Beach club last December
Gaetz, meanwhile, has remained defiant, saying he will not resign his conference seat.
‘No, I am definitely not resigning,’ he wrote in one of his first public comments about the allegations in a column for the Washington Examiner published Monday.
“First, I never paid for sex,” he wrote. “And second, as a grown man, I haven’t slept with a 17-year-old.”
Engaged since New Year’s Eve, he wrote: “My old-time lifestyle may be different from how I live now, but it was and is not illegal.”
He added: “The cycles of scandals in Washington are predictable, and sex is particularly powerful in politics. First of all, let me remind everyone that I am a representative in Congress, not a monk and certainly not a criminal.
The congressman of three office holders made a name for himself by talking to Trump. Gaetz was a frequent guest in Mar-a-Lago, which was about an hour from his Florida convention district.
Gaetz even introduced his fiancée Ginger Lucky at Trump’s Palm Beach club last December.