While watching the accelerating downward spiral of political personality Matt Gaetz, one might ponder the total lack of surprise.
Rather than go into a blow-by-blow discussion of his transgressions, let’s examine the indications he gave everyone in the past that all was not well between those ears.
Let’s jump back to October of 2019. As reported by numerous outlets, but we’ll quote ArsTechnica, “[Matt Gaetz] got inside the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the House of Representatives. Despite strict rules barring all electronics inside such closed-off areas, Gaetz openly tweeted: “BREAKING: I led over 30 of my colleagues into the SCIF where Adam Schiff is holding secret impeachment depositions. Still inside—more details to come.”
Not only did Gaetz—apparently auditioning for a role as “Florida Man”—break into a secure facility with electric equipment specifically banned, he bragged about it with blatant lies. There was no secrecy about the meeting except that some of the content was classified and, for good reason, not for his ears. He also claimed that Republicans had been shut out of the proceedings—apparently oblivious to the fact that Republican members of the Intelligence Committee were in the room. This incident tells us clearly that Gaetz has a problem with rules. Apparently they only apply to other people.
Let’s also remember that Gaetz is one of the Members of Congress that objected to the certification of the 2020 election and pushed the other guy’s big lie that the election had been stolen. Much attention has been paid to his messaging along this line prior to the Jan 6 Insurrection. FloridaPolitics.com has some excellent information. This tells us Gaetz also has an allergy to facts and is perfectly willing to lie about what went on prior to and during January 6.
Now it is all about distraction. As GaetzGate accelerates, he has turned to outlandish claims of extortion, missing FBI agents, attempting to rope others, even Tucker Carlson, into his defense—or really just to sew confusion. Jimmy Kimmel featured his bizarre interview in his monologue a few days ago:
New revelations about Gaetz now seem to be dropping every hour. For the people, on both side of the aisle that don’t like him—mostly everyone—this is good news. One could predict that he’ll be seeking employment soon with InfoWars since FOX is definitely not interested and Congress will be less and less inclined to keep him.
Other clues about Gaetz are that he keeps issuing defenses to allegations that had not yet been made. But pass the popcorn because as this is being written new reports are coming out.