Matt Gaetz Wants to Be the Next (Alleged) Predator President
In the coming years, Representative Matt Gaetz is likely to be the inspiration for another Lifetime docuseries themed around sexual predators (or at least have a Law & Order: SVU episode based on his current scandal). But that apparently has not deterred his political ambitions at all. Not only has the Florida congressman not resigned from his job while in the midst of allegations of sex trafficking a minor, Gaetz believes he can make it all the way to the White House. When I say mighty, you say white.
I hate that I even have to mildly take this sad man’s dream seriously.
Of course, a Gaetz run in 2024 is possible only if the previous president, also potentially facing federal indictment, isn’t planning to make our lives miserable with another presidential bid.
“I support Donald Trump for president,” Gaetz texted the New York Post last week. “I’ve directly encouraged him to run and he gives me every indication he will. If Trump doesn’t run, I’m sure I could defeat whatever remains of Joe Biden by 2024.”
I’d like to think this country wouldn’t be goofy enough to elect another accused sexual predator with the intellectual curiosity of a weave found on the side of a dirt road in East Texas. I have my doubts about that.
In other words, Gaetz, like all of the other legions of Republicans currently swinging from the sac of Sweet Potato Saddam, is secretly hoping that Trump catches so many cases at once that it finally topples him over. After that, the plan is to woo and eventually inherit Trump’s racist cult. Once that happens, the nomination will be secured. Considering that Republicans across the country are presently trying to rig future elections, with the nomination comes the presidency.
All of which is built on the lie about Black voters that Trump created because his ego can’t allow him to admit that Joe Biden mollywhopped his ass in the 2020 presidential election.
Can you imagine President Matt Gaetz? I’d like to think this country wouldn’t be goofy enough to elect another accused sexual predator with the intellectual curiosity of a weave found on the side of a dirt road in East Texas. I have my doubts about that. On the other hand, based on voting laws like the ones presently being fought over in Texas, the GOP is not concerned with the will of the people either way. So, in essence, all one has to do is essentially gain control of the base. Even Gaetz knows this and is traveling accordingly.
Gaetz may be a simpleminded person who netted headlines on Memorial Day for being tricked into retweeting an image related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, but he is showing a level of shrewdness that suggests his presidential aspirations aren’t completely inconceivable. Right now, Gaetz is touring the nation with the right’s favorite new conspiracy theorist, the Georgia congresswoman best known as “The QAnon Lady,” Marjorie Taylor Greene. As some might have heard, Greene has been getting cussed out for comparing coronavirus restrictions to the Holocaust.
But, much like Gaetz, Greene has no shame. And as Greene tells it, she and Gaetz are going to take over the Republican Party.
I don’t even care to note the irony of a QAnon fanatic, who is supposed to be anti-child trafficking, teaming up with Gaetz, but I never believed that was Q’s true believers’ real motive to begin with.
They’re all just racist.
Gaetz and Greene have held rallies together at The Villages in Florida and in Mesa, Arizona, with audiences totaling more than 1,000 attendees. That’s the kind of figure that would send Trump into a flying rage, but for two not-so-smart members of Congress, that’s a relatively good turnout. Also, as some attendants have noticed, there are parallels between these “America First” rallies of today with the MAGA rallies of recent years.
Given that Rupert Murdoch nor Mark Zuckerberg are likely to tame the bigots permeating their platforms, I’m worried that no matter what charge is leveled against Gaetz, he might still launch a credible campaign. I’ve never been of the mind to extend Republicans grace. For as long as I’ve known American politics, I have seen the GOP as the party of bigotry and contempt for the poor. The people who will stomp over the hungry and homeless en route to their tax havens.
These people were always capable of sinking lower because their belief system was at the bottom from the very start. Donald Trump is a serially accused rapist that has sexualized his own daughter, and they supported him anyway. They will support Gaetz, too, should he win the nomination. Remember, it was Black voters that prevented Roy Moore, accused of sexual misconduct with minors, from becoming a senator in Alabama.
The GOP is working on elevating Jim Crow to lift alleged perverts like Gaetz and Trump to power without roadblocks.
That possibility alone should be concerning enough, but there is one more reason to take the scandal-ridden Gaetz seriously: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, another Trump wannabe with presidential ambitions.
“[DeSantis] might like someone else on the debate stage who can torch his opponents and lay down ground cover for him,” an unnamed source explained to the Post. The source added that Gaetz has “clearly been vetted and smeared like a presidential candidate.”
White Privilege Won’t Save Matt Gaetz
Try as he might, the Florida congressman will face the consequences of his scandals
In the coming months, Gaetz will visit New Hampshire, an early primary state and key swing state. I understand Matt Gaetz looks like a cartoon villain and is too ignorant for words, but Donald Trump has taught us to always take these broken buffoons seriously. They are reflective of their base, which is why they gain prominence.
Those people are just a band of racists looking for the loudest carnival barker around. That could be Matt Gaetz, prospective charges and all. Mitch McConnell would crawl back. So would Tucker Carlson. They all would. They have no shame. So take him seriously about his White House bid until it’s legally impossible for him to follow through with it.