Will Matt Gaetz run for president in 2024? Florida rep trolled: 'You can't if you're in prison'
Matt Gaetz said 'If Trump doesn’t run, I’m sure I could defeat whatever remains of Joe Biden by 2024'
Disgraced Florida Republican representative Matt Gaetz, who is currently facing a federal investigation for alleged sex trafficking of a minor girl, has expressed his wish to run for president in 2024. Gaetz informed the New York Post about his consideration, saying, "I support Donald Trump for president. I’ve directly encouraged him to run and he gives me every indication he will. If Trump doesn’t run, I’m sure I could defeat whatever remains of Joe Biden by 2024.”
A close ally of former president Trump, Gaetz had been accused of having sexual relations with a 17-year-old girl. Gaetz's friend Joel Greenberg — who is currently in jail and pleaded guilty to sex trafficking a minor — is believed to have turned against the Florida congressman in the investigation against him. Meanwhile, Gaetz is also being probed by the House Ethics committee for illegal activity and violation of House rules. The embattled politician has consistently denied all charges against him.
Gaetz's rise to political prominence
Gaetz, who is the son of former Florida Senator Don Gaetz, gained political limelight after his election in 2016, as one of the most vocal and ardent supporters of Trump. According to New York Post, he, however, has not found many allies within the House GOP conference. His controversies, political stunts, and penchant for self-promotion has rubbed many GOP politicians the wrong way. In fact, Gaetz even conducted the infamous rally against GOP Rep. Liz Cheney in her home state, due to her 'Never Trump' stance.
But, despite his alleged wrongdoings and controversies, Gaetz does have a dedicated follower base owing to his highly conservative idealogy and unfailing support for Trump. Presently, he has teamed with Marjorie Taylor Greene, another embattled GOP Representative who was recently ousted from her committee assignments due to inflammatory comments. Gaetz and Greene have held rallies together at The Villages in Florida and Mesa, Arizona - drawing over a thousand attendees.
'There is no parallel universe in which Rep. Matt Gaetz is president'
Twitter users have reacted furiously to the news of Gaetz running for president, especially in view of the ongoing probe against him and sexual controversies, like allegedly having orgies with underage prostitutes. "There is no parallel universe in which Rep. Matt Gaetz is president. However, in all of those universes, Gaetz is holding the pockets of his prison companions," a user tweeted.
"If Rep. Matt Gaetz isn't in prison in 2024 then I'd love to see him be the first nominee to drop out," another reiterated the same. A third user wrote, "There's just one tiny little problem with Rep. Matt Gaetz running for president. You can't run if you're in prison."
"Rep. Matt Gaetz eyes presidential run in 2024. I’d vote for satan first," one user tweeted.
There is no parallel universe in which Rep. Matt Gaetz is president.— Scott Brown (@scobr0) May 28, 2021
However, in all of those universes, Gaetz is holding the pockets of his prison companions.
If Rep. Matt Gaetz isn't in prison in 2024 then I'd love to see him be the first nominee to drop out.— Mad World (@mmmadWORLDDD) May 28, 2021
There's just one tiny little problem with Rep. Matt Gaetz running for president. You can't run if you're in prison— Slimy Nuggets (@SlimyNuggets) May 28, 2021