Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday that he was done taking money from political action committees.
During his speech, Gaetz spouted his normal platitudes about defending President Donald Trump before shifting gears and making a pledge that would sound more appropriate for a speech delivered by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) or Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
"I’ve never turned tricks for Washington PACS, but, as of today, I’m done picking up their money in the nightstand," Gaetz said. "I will never again accept a donation from a federal political action committee. Not one red cent. The American People are my only special interest."
Gaetz's claim was met with skepticism on the internet, as many doubted the arch-conservative congressman's dedication to spurning special interest cash.
Check out some reactions below.
@mattgaetz That’s just adorable. https://t.co/kChFtQ42zg— HippieChick (@HippieChick)1582837262.0
@mattgaetz Are you drunk 🥴 tweeting again Matty 🤷🏼♂️— Clark Tyler (@Clark Tyler)1582837485.0
@mattgaetz Someone's really desperate... What did your Daddy Coverup now?— 34 DAYS TO GO AMERICA 😎 (@34 DAYS TO GO AMERICA 😎)1582836977.0
@mattgaetz https://t.co/HqVa8uRmFY— Colin Wolf (@Colin Wolf)1582836913.0
@mattgaetz He says on stage at CPAC (a PAC).— MacGregor 🍑 (@MacGregor 🍑)1582837487.0
@mattgaetz 😂😂😂 Political theatre! You are announcing this at CPAC.— coach ⚔️ 美国人 (@coach ⚔️ 美国人)1582837556.0