Americans were aghast after a New York Times report revealed that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is under investigation for the possible sex trafficking of a minor.
According to the report, Gaetz was caught up in a larger investigation into a political ally of his. Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg was indicted last summer on charges of sex trafficking a child and "financially supporting people in exchange for sex." One of those was an underage girl, the report explained.
Ironically, it was less than a week ago that Gaetz joked he wanted to name his own scandal GaetzGate.
Deal. I want Gaetzgate. https://t.co/MB8sYjwJcT— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz)1616683152.0
Some questioned how an anti-pedophile group like QAnon could have missed one of their own trafficking minors.
Others noted that Gaetz was the only person in both parties who opposed an anti-sex trafficking law
"Gaetz cast the lone 'no' vote on a widely bipartisan human trafficking bill that passed unanimously through the U.… https://t.co/k4eNaEZ3Tm— shauna (@shauna)1617143105.0
See the comments about Gaetz in the tweets below:
Matt Gaetz, what can you say, it's a story as old as time. Boy meets boy Boy adopts boy Boy meets girl Boy sex trafficks girl— Max Burns (@Max Burns)1617142491.0
Seems like @mattgaetz is going to be going through some things. https://t.co/3w2JHvl0im— Malcolm Nance (@Malcolm Nance)1617142395.0
I'm sorry. I said that Matt Gaetz couldn't get any worse than 7 DUI's, sleeping w/ interns for points, being the s… https://t.co/5ksdOYwBOo— Brown Eyed Susan (@Brown Eyed Susan)1617142158.0
At least there's already one witness who will swear he never saw Matt Gaetz do anything wrong https://t.co/WQduoe6tJh— Never, EVER Donate to the Lincoln Project (@Never, EVER Donate to the Lincoln Project)1617142122.0
If only there'd been clues https://t.co/nErFEwllDO— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1617145490.0
WOW - Matt Gaetz is under investigation for having sexual relationship with 17 year old girl. In other words, statutory rape.— A Hopeful Citizen (@A Hopeful Citizen)1617142650.0
Matt Gaetz is the Brett Kavanaugh of Jim Jordans.— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid)1617142452.0
Creepy Seditionist Matt Gaetz is being investigated by the DOJ over potential the sex trafficking of a 17 year old… https://t.co/FOuzg5bEGl— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila)1617142650.0
We've been discussing this as it unfolds. Matt Gaetz is under investigation as part of the Greenberg inquiry. This… https://t.co/WmkXOogBJR— Mueller, She Wrote (@Mueller, She Wrote)1617141988.0
Alleged sex trafficking - paying for a 17 year old to cross state lines for sexual purposes could violate the Mann… https://t.co/yFqces9IdM— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1617141222.0
Very surprised that Matt Gaetz, who has a history of defending sexual predators, is a sexual predator.— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid)1617142570.0
In the article, Matt Gaetz notes that he is a "subject" and not a "target" of the investigation. That means he has… https://t.co/4FDjVLDnvJ— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1617141852.0
The Matt Gaetz pedophilia scandal is called Pizza Gaetz. Please spread this.— Travis Allen 🇺🇸 (@Travis Allen 🇺🇸)1617141804.0
The most Florida Man story of all— Parker Molloy (@Parker Molloy)1617143228.0
from anti vax to newsmax to supermax: the matt gaetz story https://t.co/mTjSPDvitn— Erin Zero Republicans Ryan (@Erin Zero Republicans Ryan)1617141496.0
In 2017, Mr. Gaetz was the only member of Congress to vote against a law that gave the federal government more powe… https://t.co/JReP6cukUp— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch.com)1617141225.0
This statement: “I have a suspicion that someone is trying to recategorize my generosity to ex-girlfriends as some… https://t.co/W4GM56H0Kh— S.V. Dáte (@S.V. Dáte)1617141875.0
Matt Gaetz has finally found a way to make people stop talking about his history of drunk driving.— JRehling (@JRehling)1617143053.0
“Matt Gaetz is accused of statutory rape” is a sentence I find myself completely unsurprised to type. It has alwa… https://t.co/c8zji5FVhY— Rob Anderson (@Rob Anderson)1617143272.0
just thinking about the time matt gaetz was the only "no" vote on an anti human trafficking bill. no reason— amy brown (@amy brown)1617143204.0