In recent weeks, Gaetz, an incendiary conservative and staunch supporter of Donald Trump, has been embroiled in growing controversy as media detailed a Justice Department investigation into allegations against him of a possible sexual relationship with a minor and paying her to travel through. state lines, which would violate sex trafficking laws One trip that has come under scrutiny is a September weekend in the Bahamas, 2018.
Gaetz, who has not been charged, has denied the allegations. The lawmaker defended himself by posing as a victim of an extortion scheme, although the Justice Department’s investigation is likely unrelated.
However, the announcement offers a glimpse into Gaetz’s strategy for moving forward by adopting the “fake news” label popularized by Trump. The ad includes footage obtained by Project Veritas, a conservative activist organization known to use deceptive practices and spread disinformation in an attempt to expose what it sees as “corruption, dishonesty, self-harm, waste. , fraud and other faults ”of liberal organizations or individuals.
In the footage, a man identified as a CNN employee is heard commenting on the news agency’s coverage of Gaetz. A CNN spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.