Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida, the subject of a sex trafficking investigation by the Department of Justice, took to Twitter on April 10 to portray himself as a man who has been "canceled" and is "wanted" by the "Deep State."
I may be a canceled man in some corners. I may even be a wanted man by the Deep State. But I hear the millions of… https://t.co/OtJhusGo9T— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@Rep. Matt Gaetz) 1618077242.0
Gaetz's critics on Twitter immediately spoke up, making it clear just how ridiculous his tweet was.
Matt Gaetz blaming the “Deep State” on his sex trafficking of minors shows he is in the Deep State of Denial.— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch.com) 1618090729.0
@RepMattGaetz Imagine being so stupid that you Venmo the cash for your sex trafficking stuff, and then you cry abou… https://t.co/DqCgSzGOLx— Jo (@Jo) 1618078271.0
@RepMattGaetz I think you’re a wanted man by like just the regular state— Emily G (@Emily G) 1618084511.0
Gaetz, who is being investigated for sex crimes, is not the victim of "cancel culture."
Also, the "Deep State" isn't even real.
@RepMattGaetz You’re not a victim. What have you actually done for these silent majority members? What legislation… https://t.co/choCa2gmvu— Fred Wellman (@Fred Wellman) 1618096828.0
@RepMattGaetz Dude thinks he’s some kind of a martyr for paying for sex.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1618087569.0
@RepMattGaetz Dude, you paid an underage girl for sex and you paid her through an app. Save your Braveheart speech.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski) 1618085525.0
Many pointed out how little Gaetz actually has in common with the "millions of Americans" he claims to represent.
@RepMattGaetz I thought the deep state was against sex trafficking of minors, no?— PATRICE O'ROURKE WEARS A MASK! 🌊 (@PATRICE O'ROURKE WEARS A MASK! 🌊) 1618094074.0
@RepMattGaetz Bill Barr is the deep state?— 🌊🌸Melissa 🌸 (@🌊🌸Melissa 🌸) 1618079818.0
@RepMattGaetz If you really heard the millions of marginalized Americans, you would have been working on behalf of… https://t.co/PoYEMmRJCv— Elizabeth MacKenzie (@Elizabeth MacKenzie) 1618084065.0
Gaetz's tweet continues the trend of Republicans blaming "cancel culture" after facing consequences for their actions from any source.
republicans think being federally investigated for sex trafficking is ‘getting cancelled’ lol https://t.co/KlEZWUryk6— bobby wasabi (@bobby wasabi) 1618146760.0
Ah yes. See, Matt Gaetz is JUST like you! Accused of paying sex traffickers for their services! So relatable for th… https://t.co/M2FEvvxuiR— Jennifer Scheurle (@Jennifer Scheurle) 1618121607.0
The wind whistling between this man’s ears is deafening. https://t.co/3BGIOtNulh— ken olin🎬 (@ken olin🎬) 1618117263.0
Gaetz allegedly used Venmo to send payments to a sex trafficker so he could travel over state lines to have sex with a minor.
After reports broke of his actions, he is now casting himself as a martyr for the conservative cause.
You may be a cancelled man wanted by the Deep State. More likely, you are a sex trafficker wanted by the FBI. https://t.co/eHHTKAJMuC— Bryan Behar (@Bryan Behar) 1618110611.0
Except that “millions of forgotten Americans” aren’t being investigated in connection to allegations of lurid sexua… https://t.co/g97nsVfNsM— Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷 (@Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷) 1618110557.0
Matt Gaetz needs some serious lessons on what it means to be "canceled" and why being investigated for sex trafficking does not make you a victim.