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 (@RonBrianPodcast) December 12, 2019
gaetz now attacking hunter biden for driving under the influence…irony is dead
— angrygiantsfan (@sfgiantsfangeo1) December 12, 2019
oh no gaetz lol
— trill cosby (@jay__all__day) December 12, 2019
Matt Gaetz talking about substance abuse problems.
— La Vida Loca (@VidaLoca7676) December 12, 2019
Gaetz doesn't wanna bring up something's substance abuse but yet he's being it up
— Marcus Martinez (@texanfan3485) December 12, 2019
Matt Gaetz really trying to call somebody out for substance abuse???#impeachgaetz
— Mike E (@mikelus1988) December 12, 2019
@CNNPolitics Rep Matt Gaetz looks like he does lines too.
— tay47 (@tay4712) December 12, 2019
Gaetz should know! How many DUI'S? pic.twitter.com/PFi0xaX35G
— Vic (@SlickVicUno) December 12, 2019
Gaetz is seriously going after someone’s driving record?
— Brian (@Go_GoSox) December 12, 2019
Someone needs to introduce Gaetz's DUIs into the record. What a shameless disgrace of a human being…
— Mike (@miketheadguy) December 12, 2019
Someone should take matt gaetz keys just to be safe.
— Loud Voice Guy (@LoudVoiceGuy) December 12, 2019
Gaetz was 26, driving from a nightclub in BMW REGISTERED to his Dad, then-Florida Sen. Don Gaetz.
With watery and bloodshot eyes, swayed n staggered when he got out of the car and smelled of alcohol
Admitted he had two beers but refused field sobriety & breath tests, arrested
— AboveAvgJoe (@Joeharrison31) December 12, 2019
That was amazing! I was seriously about to spit fire when Gaetz started talking about crack and Biden. Pretty brazen for someone with his record.
— No longer accepting the things I can't change (@tkwolfe1) December 12, 2019
Not just the gallery laughing at Gaetz, the whole world https://t.co/aWXdLmIIRP
— the heady horseman (@StinkyZeke) December 12, 2019
Gaetz is the drunk calling the coke head stoned.
— Sonny Goldreich (@sgoldreich) December 12, 2019
What did Gaetz do that his Daddy had to fix?
— MissMarple (@ValerieBrysK) December 12, 2019