Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) probably isn't the best person to make an argument against driving under the influence given his own arrests. Even Rep Hank Johnson (D-GA) cautioned against "the pot calling the kettle black," during the Thursday House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Gaetz was arrested for a DUI in 2008 on suspicion of a DUI after he refused a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test. Just two years later he was elected to the Florida state legislature and by 2016 he was in Congress.
According to the arrest report, Gaetz was driving home from a nightclub when he was pulled over for driving 48 in a 35 mile-per-hour zone, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He was driving a BMW that belonged to his father, state Sen. Don Gaetz. The case was subsequently dropped.
He ultimately seemed to admit to the allegation years later.
"I'm of the view that that is part of who I am," said the Fort Walton Beach Republican, who in 2016 will seek the seat now held by his father, Senate President Don Gaetz. "I made bad decisions that resulted in an arrest, and that is sort of something that we all live with."
It was something the internet cautioned should probably be addressed by anyone other than Gaetz if they're going to somehow go after the former vice president's son for drug use.
You can read the tweets below:
Whenever you see #DUIs trending, you just know before you click that it's probably referring to our friend, Tipsy Matt Gaetz.— TheRonAndBrianPodcast (@TheRonAndBrianPodcast)1576171874.0
@nancylevine @joncoopertweets @RepMattGaetz gaetz now attacking hunter biden for driving under the influence...irony is dead— angrygiantsfan (@angrygiantsfan)1576170313.0
Matt Gaetz really trying to call somebody out for substance abuse??? #impeachgaetz— Mike E (@Mike E)1576170313.0
Now Gaetz is using the hearing as a chance to smear Hunter Biden, a private citizen, reading an article about his c… https://t.co/jGWrPCQhAA— 🆘Rev Magdalen | Protect the Results (@🆘Rev Magdalen | Protect the Results)1576170313.0
@CNNPolitics Rep Matt Gaetz looks like he does lines too.— tay47 (@tay47)1576170313.0
Gaetz is seriously going after someone’s driving record?— Brian (@Brian)1576170314.0
Someone needs to introduce Gaetz's DUIs into the record. What a shameless disgrace of a human being...— Mike (@Mike)1576170314.0
Matt Gaetz being concerned with an elected official's son having a conflict of interest in business deals is rich w… https://t.co/Qzk6ncrMag— 🎄Jereming of a White Christmas 🎄 (@🎄Jereming of a White Christmas 🎄)1576170314.0
Gaetz the drunk is talking about Hunter Biden#ImpeachmentMarkups— Suzanne DJohnso🌊🌊 (@Suzanne DJohnso🌊🌊)1576170314.0
Hank Johnson just dragged Matt Gaetz all the way out to the sidewalk. What a time to be alive. #impeachmentdebate https://t.co/QPfcGuNnqw— Jean Dunn 🐈 (@Jean Dunn 🐈)1576171879.0
@atrupar Gaetz was 26, driving from a nightclub in BMW REGISTERED to his Dad, then-Florida Sen. Don Gaetz. With wa… https://t.co/UfwSYIhjrJ— AboveAvgJoe (@AboveAvgJoe)1576171912.0
@kenner3616 That was amazing! I was seriously about to spit fire when Gaetz started talking about crack and Biden.… https://t.co/9GdvRE1pfM— No longer accepting the things I can't change (@No longer accepting the things I can't change)1576171907.0
Not just the gallery laughing at Gaetz, the whole world https://t.co/aWXdLmIIRP— the heady horseman (@the heady horseman)1576171909.0
@AdamParkhomenko What did Gaetz do that his Daddy had to fix?— Valerie (@Valerie)1576171889.0