GOP in-fighting has reached a point that many are calling homophobic after Liz Cheney's aide took a jab at Matt Gaetz for wearing makeup.
The aide's comment, made to the conservative Washington Examiner, came as a response to Gaetz planning to attend a Cheyenne, Wyoming rally on Thursday. The rally is intended to pressure Cheney to resign over her support of Trump's second impeachment.
There have been rumors Gaetz is gunning for Cheney's position in the House.
The Florida rep addressed the rumors in a tweet promoting the rally.
I do not want her job. I unequivocally am not seeking a position in House Leadership. I also know Wyoming can do b… https://t.co/wnDVO2uLIs— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz)1611429668.0
One of Cheney's aides was discussing Gaetz's attendance at the rally when they quipped:
"Rep. Gaetz can leave his beauty bag at home. In Wyoming, the men don't wear make-up."
The verbal jab is believed to be a reference to a scene in the HBO documentary, The Swamp. In it, Gaetz is speaking while applying makeup before going on camera.
The intense lighting required for broadcasting can make a person appear washed out and sickly, so makeup is industry standard for most people regardless of sex or gender. Many professionals who spend any significant length of time on camera have a "beauty bag" of some sort.
The jab quickly found its way into the piece and onto social media.
Cheney spokesperson on Gaetz coming to Wyoming: "Rep. Gaetz can leave his beauty bag at home. In Wyoming, the men d… https://t.co/3IAg1pJw7H— Alex Thompson (@Alex Thompson)1611583768.0
Can we get Matt Gaetz’s new hashtag trending? #MenDoNotWearMakeup💄 https://t.co/ZnkqVFHbZA— Arctic Friend (@Arctic Friend)1611610711.0
As if we needed any confirmation that @RepMattGaetz @mattgaetz is a wimp and a sissy, it’s confirmed he wears makeu… https://t.co/Pjem2IHq2a— A.D. Conaway 🇺🇸 (@A.D. Conaway 🇺🇸)1611612801.0
Matt Gaetz wears makeup? 😂😂#MattGaetzIsATool https://t.co/VZZDqRfFHL— Susan Denson (@Susan Denson)1611662963.0
@mattgaetz Real men don’t wear makeup ...— Danger (@Danger)1611703016.0
That last tweet is particularly ironic considering the person's profile picture is a man wearing face paint.
Interestingly, quite a few people were quick to denounce mocking Gaetz for his beauty routine. People see the jab as homophobic and unimportant.
Also, people are pretty sure there are many more valid reasons to dislike the man.
It seems most people would rather see Gaetz verbally roasted for pretty much anything and everything besides his makeup.
I'm all for piling on to Matt Gaetz's terribleness, but making fun of his makeup reeks of homophobia/transphobia an… https://t.co/TJPVVgZiPR— Patrick Erwin (@Patrick Erwin)1611689002.0
@FriendEden100 @shc902 Respectfully: please don’t. This hashtag fans the flames of homophobia & transphobia. There… https://t.co/zSfxI0bWIV— Ian Saint (@Ian Saint)1611611209.0
@NotHoodlum As much as I dislike Mike Gaetz, she’s trying to out him. Which isn’t cool. Also, didn’t the republican… https://t.co/kb1DBI8RGO— Jonathan Wilkinson 🇺🇸🇨🇦 (@Jonathan Wilkinson 🇺🇸🇨🇦)1611536252.0
@dcexaminer @Liz_Cheney I hate this. I hate that I have to defend POS Matt Gaetz, but doesn’t your “alpha male” Tru… https://t.co/Dh0WpcsIul— G Zeus (@G Zeus)1611700648.0
Men can wear makeup, if they want. There’s an infinite number of reasons to criticize Matt Gaetz. Wearing makeup i… https://t.co/ilCQdh3Fsf— Nader Hussein (نادر حسين) ↙️↙️↙️ (@Nader Hussein (نادر حسين) ↙️↙️↙️)1611692485.0
There are a million reasons to dislike Matt Gaetz but him wearing makeup isn’t one of them. Who cares.— Molly Knight (@Molly Knight)1611605480.0
@JakeSherman @mattgaetz @Liz_Cheney There are so many better angles. The sedition. The insurrection. The chronic dr… https://t.co/m2mCrphVgL— rcparanormal (@rcparanormal)1611584470.0
I don’t like @mattgaetz - not AT ALL - but I also do not like this whole idea of his beauty bag or whatever getting… https://t.co/0tYwS2XpS5— IfYouGotEmSmokeEm (@IfYouGotEmSmokeEm)1611681625.0
I’m pretty sure there are men who wear makeup in Wyoming, and your job is to represent them, too, @Liz_Cheney. https://t.co/22PPW5sBVo— Anand Giridharadas (@Anand Giridharadas)1611588890.0
The jab is particularly egregious considering Wyoming is where Matthew Wayne Shepard was brutally beaten, tortured and left tied to a fence to die because of his sexuality. Details of the crime horrified the world.
To some, using makeup as an insult against Gaetz was a dangerous and disrespectful move.
@cjsullyinnyc @NotHoodlum Thought of Matt Shepard... as much I’m cool with dumping on Gaetz, reinforcing any of thi… https://t.co/3TUTdrnCJm— Fiona B (@Fiona B)1611529664.0
@skrutsick @AlexThomp @AdamParkhomenko It is so unbelievably tone deaf to make this comment as a representative of… https://t.co/8IiK4KMNrE— StandForOneness (@StandForOneness)1611585918.0
@lenecolbert @AlexThomp Especially if you consider that Cheney is a rep from Wyoming where Matt Shepard was gruesom… https://t.co/owe1VXXjYr— Zipzop (@Zipzop)1611589854.0
If I have to pick a side here, it's Cheney's side. On the other hand, she's gay-baiting Gaetz in the state where Ma… https://t.co/9yaUfcPInP— Steve M. (@Steve M.)1611587215.0
Both Liz Cheney and Matt Gaetz are both disgusting humans. Matthew Shepard was crucified in Wyoming for being gay.… https://t.co/frVmVwUWql— Selkie Malka (@Selkie Malka)1611546672.0
@thehill i hate Matt Gaetz with a flaming passion but this is homophobic and transphobic, and is especially cringey… https://t.co/UyRrlZ9aCv— seth (@seth)1611614615.0
It’s fun to cheer on Liz Cheney dunking on that nozzle Matt Gaetz for wearing makeup. But while “real men” in Wyomi… https://t.co/ENCWyLZaAU— They Call Me Oats (@They Call Me Oats)1611679903.0
really on-brand for the state that killed Matthew Shepard. I’m no fan of Matt Gaetz but Cheney is showing her homo… https://t.co/WKObmQswtz— kcfaul (@kcfaul)1611525343.0
Considering RuPaul lives on a 600,000 acre ranch in Wyoming it's safe to say there is at least one makeup wearing man in the state. Makeup mogul Jeffree Star also has a home in Wyoming.
A quick Google search revealed that Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Kanye West and Matthew McConaughey all have connections to the state as well. All of these men commonly wear makeup for work.
The Arapaho, Cheyenne, Crow, Shoshone and Ute tribes all have homelands in Wyoming. Six other tribes routinely traveled through the state or lived there temporarily. Several of them wore face paint for occasions like ceremony or battle.
The reasons may be wildly different, but the fact remains that men in Wyoming do and always have worn makeup, proving the jab to be factually incorrect on top of objectionable.
Representative Liz Cheney has not made any direct comment about her aide's quote as of yet.