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Matt Gaetz surfaces at Trumpy Summit to declare ‘I’m built for battle’
Joe Raedle / Getty After 10 days of relentless development in Republican Matt Gaetz (R-FL) scandal saga, the Florida Republican reappeared on Friday night to ignore the most recent and damning reports and offer standard MAGA defenses and applause. I’m built for battle and I’m not going anywhere, ”Gaetz told Save America summit attendees at Trump Doral in Miami, Florida. , potentially, a minor miner – Gaetz didn’t seem to see any irony in addressing an event hosted by “Women for America First”. Instead, he claimed the reports were “slander” and “savage conspiracy theories” promoted by “false media”. As the sun set over one of Trump’s golf clubs, Gaetz was celebrated as a hero and “fearless leader.” Gaetz Paid Congressman kicked things off by regurgitating the lie that “the 2020 election was stolen” from former President Donald Trump, due to “rule changes.” He then moved on to the familiar “America First” boosterism before saying that last week had been “full of encouragement.” But outside the warm confines of another Trump property, the list of Gaetz scandals grows and escalates. Just hours before Gaetz spoke on Friday, the House Ethics Committee announced that it was also opening an investigation into the “public allegations” against him – and the generally terse press release offered a long list of complaints. that Representative Matt Gaetz may have committed sexual misconduct and / or illicit drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on House floors, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds for personal use and / or accepted an inappropriate bribe / gratuity unauthorized gift in violation of House rules, ”the Committee wrote in a letter. And yet, no one in attendance at the “Dinner and Drink with Rep. Matt Gaetz” event would have known he was potentially fighting for his political future and, more importantly, his freedom. He gave a speech that could have been widely recited at a Trump rally over the past four years, yet even though Gaetz continues to be associated with the Trump brand, Trump himself appears to be keeping his distance. Matt Gaetz Scandal to Break As The Daily Beast reported late last week, the ex-president’s advisers pleaded with Trump not to publicly defend Gaetz, at least until it is cleared. learn more about the veracity of the allegations of having sex with a 17-year-old. girl and the federal probe. For the most part, Trump privately endorsed this advice, and various Trumpworld luminaries, members of the Trump family, Republicans and conservative media stars have kept quiet about the Gaetz scandal. the staunch soldier MAGA, despite years of Gaetz fighting vigorously for Trump on nearly every major scandal or controversy.None of the 16 former senior Trump administration officials, former senior campaign officials, long-time GOP agents and sources close to the ex-president contacted by The Daily Beast were ready to defend Gaetz on the matter. Not one would even do it anonymously. When former President Trump finally released a statement on Gaetz on Wednesday, it was a brief, mostly self-serving statement that offered a half-hearted defense at best. apologized to me, “Trump said in a statement, after reporting that Gaetz had asked for a general pardon for himself and other Trump cheerleaders.” You also have to remember that he totally did denied the charges against him. “But for Gaetz, that’s all the justification he needs.” The best is indeed yet to come, “Gaetz said at Friday night’s event. Travel Records’ l This is a sentiment that emerged from the 2020 Republican National Convention speech by Kimberly Guilfoyle, a prominent Trump ally and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., between when Guilfoyle bellowed for the first time these words and the moment Gaetz spoke them on Friday Joe Biden defeated Trump in the presidential election, the US Capitol was overtaken by insurgents, Trump became the first US president to be impeached twice and it was revealed that Gaetz was under investigation Head of the Department of Justice on allegations of sex trafficking and prostitution. more on The Daily Beast. Get our best stories delivered to your inbox every day. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.