News broke late at night on Tuesday, March 30, that Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida is under investigation by the Department of Justice for possible sex or human trafficking after allegedly paying and transporting a minor across state lines for sexual purposes.
Gaetz immediately began trending on Twitter, where one person, in particular, knew the news would bring a very, very bad day.
That person was Matthew Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters who, despite having a very similar name, has spent a large portion of his professional career speaking out against the sort of conservative propaganda Gaetz has become well-known for.
**cracks knuckles**— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz) 1617192457.0
As soon as Matt Gaetz began trending, Matt Gertz's life became much harder.
Oh no https://t.co/i5bzQ2VsAC https://t.co/oNaO9IRmA7— Parker Molloy (@Parker Molloy) 1617192712.0
Yeah I’m declaring a mulligan on this one, I’ve got to get some work done today. https://t.co/FsYelrdWSR— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz) 1617192877.0
@tweebill @mattgaetz wrong guy— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz) 1617192478.0
Gertz responded to hundreds of people informing them they had tagged the wrong Matt in their posts.
.@MattGertz having a normal one https://t.co/Q7bp0CibBW— Chris Sommerfeldt (@Chris Sommerfeldt) 1617150272.0
@ParkerMolloy https://t.co/HJ89gdQLPa— TRM Trump Resistance (@TRM Trump Resistance) 1617200441.0
Twitter offered Gertz their heartfelt condolences.
@ParkerMolloy https://t.co/wwLeKmdqxX— Richard Hendricks (@Richard Hendricks) 1617198517.0
@MattGertz @TekStol TBH, as soon as that news broke yesterday, I thought of your account with an eye roll & a 🤦♀️… https://t.co/x61SIKxY4I— JT Retired Medic🌊🌊 ✌❤ (@JT Retired Medic🌊🌊 ✌❤) 1617193133.0
This poor guy https://t.co/KCmxpZQotB— Katelyn Burns (@Katelyn Burns) 1617190303.0
Gertz himself stayed in touch with what his strange experience was like.
sure why not https://t.co/DfinQdVkjz— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz) 1617219066.0
Thank you for your support in this trying time. https://t.co/1OuivsSYIs— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz) 1617194568.0
It's hard to be famous, but it's even harder to be infamous for no reason except your name.
Thanks everyone for all the thoughts, prayers, jokes, drinks, and polite tweets from my followers to people informi… https://t.co/PPbg99qmZT— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz) 1617192948.0
In all seriousness, there's nothing preventing the NY Times story about a federal investigation into Matt Gaetz and… https://t.co/7DICAYr9cT— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz) 1617195547.0
Matt Gertz has taught us all a lesson.
Never let your outrage and zeal blind you to typos in your tweets.