Matt Gaetz Speaks Out Against Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Headline Roundup April 10th, 2021

On Friday, Florida representative Matt Gaetz spoke out against allegations of sexual misconduct. Speaking from the Save America Summit at former President Donald Trump’s Doral golf club in Miami, Gaetz said, “I have not yet begun to fight.” Gaetz currently faces a federal investigation into whether he violated sex trafficking laws and had a sexual relationship with a minor. ​The New York Times reported Thursday that investigators also believe Gaetz was involved with multiple women who were recruited online for sex and received cash payments. Gaetz has denied the claims, calling the allegations a "smear campaign." This comes after Gaetz reportedly asked the Trump administration for blanket preemptive pardons for himself and congressional allies; Gaetz was under investigation by the Department of Justice for sex trafficking at the time. On Friday, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger became the first GOP member to call for Gaetz's resignation.

Coverage from the right tended to focus on Gaetz' defense against the claims during his Friday speech while center- and left-rated outlets tended to focus on the allegations against him. Some voices from the left likened Gaetz' defensive attitude to Trump's past approach to scandal.

Matt Gaetz Speaks Out Against Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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The House Ethics Committee is investigating Representatives Matt Gaetz and Tom Reed over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Gaetz, who's accused of an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old, has vehemently denied that he did anything improper and blames the accusations on a smear campaign. Reed, who is not running for reelection next year, has been accused of rubbing a female lobbyist's back and unhooking her bra without her consent.

Along with investigating Gaetz for sexual misconduct, the committee is looking into allegations of illicit drug use, sharing inappropriate images on the...

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OPINION

In a fiery defense of his reputation Friday night, embattled Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz showed how former President Donald Trump's brash, defiant politics now serve as the template for survival for the most unwelcome figures in a Republican Party that's out of power in Washington and desperately trying to reposition for 2022.

He followed in the footsteps of the former President, blaming "cancel culture" for his troubles, fashioning himself as a crusader for the principles that Trump espoused and vowing that he was "built for the battle" while addressing the...

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Rep. Matt Gaetz insisted he's not going away as he faces a federal investigation into whether he violated sex trafficking laws and had a sexual encounter with a minor.

Making his first public appearance in more than a week, the Florida Republican delivered a defiant speech during the Save America Summit at former President Donald Trump's Doral golf club and resort in Miami. At the event, hosted by the pro-Trump Women for America First group, the 38-year-old Gaetz dismissed the allegations against him as politically motivated attacks.

"I'm built for...

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