Together, they plan to attack Democrats and call on Republicans they deem insufficiently loyal to former President Donald Trump, such as the 10 GOP House members who voted for his second impeachment after the January 6 riots in Canada. Capitol.
Gaetz and Greene will launch their “America First Tour” barn on May 7 in the mega-conservative Florida retirement community known as The Villages, a must-see for any Republican candidate hoping to win the state or generate excitement for the state. the base. The idea is to send a message from the two controversial Republicans: they are not canceled, they are not going to be silent and the infamy their critics attribute to them translates into the fame and power of the conservative movement.
“The radical left is coming for you. And they know I’m on the way. Join me as we fight together against this radical president and his far-left agenda, ”Gaetz said in a new radio commercial bringing the Conservatives together at The Villages event.
Gaetz’s decision to move forward comes after weeks of national headlines and cutting-edge TV coverage linked to the revelation that he is the subject of a federal sex crimes investigation.
Gaetz, who has not been charged, has consistently denied the two anonymous allegations made against him: having sex with a 17-year-old girl and paying prostitutes. The charges relate to former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, a former friend who is trying to strike a deal with federal prosecutors on a 33-count indictment.
Greene, a first-term Georgian Republican, was removed from her post on the House committee in February over her promotion of conspiracy theories and inflammatory rhetoric leading up to the Jan.6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.
Normally talkative and ubiquitous in cable news as a Trump loyalist, Gaetz was recently interrupted for weeks as the news cycle wreaked havoc on him.
Now one of his biggest allies in the conservative news media, Fox’s Tucker Carlson, has begun to question publicly whether Gaetz is the target of overzealous prosecutors under a Democratic administration that wants to silence Tory voices in messing up Republicans like Gaetz with allegations of sexual impropriety.
“This story basically destroyed Gaetz, took him off the map altogether as a rhetorical force,” Carlson said on his eponymous show. “Whatever his flaws, Gaetz is smart, articulate and courageous. Matt Gaetz was one of the very few members of Congress who bothered to stand up against standing Washington on behalf of his constituents. Now he’s a sex trafficker. So the question is, who exactly trafficked Matt Gaetz for sex? We cannot answer this question because no charges have been laid. All that’s left is the stigma. “
Gaetz plans to reappear publicly on TV soon and is expected to appear on Carlson’s show, according to an adviser, who could not provide more information on other towns Gaetz and Greene plan to visit as part of their tour.
A fellow Republican is sure to receive a visit from Gaetz: Representative Liz Cheney from Wyoming.
Cheney was a prominent voice who criticized Trump for his role in the Jan.6 riots on Capitol Hill and voted for his impeachment. Gaetz responded by flying from Florida to Wyoming for an anti-Cheney rally.
“Defeat Liz Cheney in this next election, and Wyoming will bring Washington to its knees,” Gaetz said Jan. 28. The Wyoming GOP later censored it.
Two months later, the news of the Gaetz investigation fell like a bomb. Cheney took revenge by calling the allegations against him “sickening”, but refused to ask him to resign.
In dismissing the allegations against him, Gaetz said he was targeted for his decision “to attack the most powerful institutions on the ring road: the establishment; the FBI; Biden’s Department of Justice; the Cheney political dynasty; even the Justice Department under Trump.
Gaetz refrained from calling Republicans in his initial ad for “The America First Tour.”
“There are millions of Americans who need to know that they still have defenders in Washington DC, and the America First movement keeps growing and fighting,” Gaetz said in a written statement provided to POLITICO . “The issues that drive us include ending America’s Eternal Wars, fixing the border Joe Biden broke on day one, putting Americans first, not illegal migrants, relocating industries sold to foreign adversaries.” , the guarantee of real electoral integrity and the taking of the threat from the Chinese. Communist Party. These issues are more important than any election and we stand ready to take back our party and our country. “
Alex Andrade, a Republican state representative who occupies Gaetz’s former seat at Florida House, said he was not surprised at the congressman’s re-emergence.
“Of course, Congressman Gaetz is moving forward as usual,” Andrade said. “He pledged to fight entrenched corruption when he first ran for Congress, and he won’t be disheartened by anything we’ve seen so far. I know I wouldn’t have expected anything else from him.