White Privilege Won’t Save Matt Gaetz
Try as he might, the Florida congressman will not be able to evade the consequences of his scandals
What a surprise that the former racist president — who was serially accused of sexual assault and abuse — has at least pondered whether to tag himself into the plight of another accused pervert.
Late last week, The Daily Beast reported that Donald Trump is monitoring the garbage fire that is the professional life of Matt Gaetz. (Yes, that would include the Florida congressman’s dream of a post-government career in conservative media that has absolutely no chance of happening now.) Gaetz is currently engulfed in a scandal centered on the New York Times revealing that he’s being investigated by the Department of Justice for a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
In addition to allegations of breaking sex trafficking laws, others have since accused Gaetz of showing nude photos of women with whom he had sex — all while on the House floor. Gaetz, who I should note for the hell of it looks like a cartoon villain, has always come across as a fucking idiot on television. However, he’s apparently so bad at his job of coasting on rich White boy privilege that his own staffers have shared embarrassing videos of him to other Republican operatives. (I understand selfishness is ultimately the driving force of much of conservative ideology, but how terrible a boss do you have to be to have a staff that would do you like that?)
Gaetz has maintained that the accusations are tied to some nonsensical plot to extort his very rich father (who’s been wearing a wire for the feds for $25 million) and some other random shit that makes absolutely no sense. While most of us have just shrugged off Gaetz and his fan fiction over his potential fed case, the more conspiratorial portion of the population has wondered where to side on the Florida House member. Enter your bucket head ex-president and wannabe dictator.
Sources tell Daily Beast that Trump has monitored the situation closely given Gaetz is “one of his favorite allies on Capitol Hill.” He has openly questioned, those who…