Perhaps you’ve heard of the Law of Holes. It’s an adage which goes like this:
That’s what Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) should be doing right now, but rather than heed the warning, he’s getting himself a backhoe and digging the hole he’s in as deep as possible.
Gaetz is under investigation by the Department of Justice for allegedly being involved in a scheme in which he took an underage girl across state lines to have sex with her.
Despite that, the Florida congressman decided he’d fire off an ill-advised op-ed that was published in the right-wing Washington Examiner, declaring that he was elected to be a representative, not a monk:
“Washington scandal cycles are predictable, and sex is especially potent in politics. Let me first remind everyone that I am a representative in Congress, not a monk, and certainly not a criminal.”
According to Gaetz, he’s fighting against the swamp, so they’re coming after him:
“Just as they once falsely attacked President Donald Trump as a Russian asset, Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a gang rapist, and even John McCain as having fathered a child out of wedlock, they now attack me. Of course, none of what they say ever amounts to anything, yet it is endlessly repeated by leftist television anchors.”
The congressman also tried to pretend that his actions were no big deal because he only sleeps with adults:
“My personal life is and always has been conducted on my own time and my own dime. Consensual adult relationships are not illegal. Although I’m sure some partisan crooks in Merrick Garland’s Justice Department want to pervert the truth and the law to go after me, I will not be intimidated or extorted. The battle for America’s future demands gladiators, and I am going to keep getting back up and fighting, every single day.”
No one gives a diddly damn about Gaetz sleeping with an adult, but that’s not what he’s accused of doing. Instead, he allegedly took advantage of an underage girl and then sent her gifts via payment apps that are easy to trace.
When we look back on the day that Matt Gaetz became toast, Monday, April 5 will go down as the beginning of the end for him. And most amazing of all is that he’s probably not even bright or self-aware enough to know just how screwed he is.