Gaetz to be featured speaker at pro-Trump womens group event
Rep. Matt Gaetz, mired in an ongoing federal sex trafficking investigation, is headed to former President Donald Trump’s resort in Doral this Friday where he will be a featured speaker at a summit hosted by a conservative pro-Trump women’s group.
Women for America First announced late Tuesday that Gaetz would be a speaker at the three-day “Save America Summit.” This is the same group that helped organize the “March for Trump” rally in Washington that took place just hours before the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead.
The organization praised Gaetz as one of the “few members of Congress” willing to “stand up & fight on behalf of President Trump & his America First agenda.” Women For America First says on its website that “We won’t be pushed around by bullies who tell us who we are ‘supposed’ to like. And we’re not going to keep quiet just because the Washington, D.C. power elites and mainstream media want us to!”
This marks one of the few public appearances by the northwest Florida congressman since news first surfaced of the probe into whether he had sex with a 17-year-old girl. Gaetz did an interview last week on Fox News with Tucker Carlson where he denied any wrongdoing but which Carlson later called one of the “weirdest” in his career and which he said did little to clarify what is going on.
Gaetz has suggested the investigation is tied to a recent extortion plot aimed at his wealthy family, but federal authorities launched the probe last year. He also published an op-ed on Monday where he explained that he was “no monk” when it came to his personal life but added that he wasn’t resigning from his safe ruby-red district seat.
Gaetz earned national attention over the last four years as a tireless defender of Trump, as well as for his penchant for spotlight-grabbing events such as wearing a gas mask on the House floor during a debate over coronavirus. Along the way, he has clashed with Democrats and taken aim at other Republicans, such as Rep. Liz Cheney over her vote in favor of impeaching the president following the Jan. 6 riots.