Matt Gaetz's scandalous love life: Trump ally's 'creepy' tweet to Tiffany Trump and problematic comments about ex
Gaetz is being investigated for accusations of having sex with a 17-year-old girl and also allegedly paying for her travel with him across states
As Florida GOP Representative Matt Gaetz is being investigated for his alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, more shocking details have resurfaced from his past. The 38-year-old staunch Trump supporter was at the center of social media trolling in November 2020, when he retweeted Tiffany Trump's photo with a set of emojis, which many dubbed as 'creepy'.
A day later, to possibly refute online speculations of the duo being something 'more than friends', Gaetz posted a photo with Tiffany Trump in a restaurant with the caption, "BREAKING: @TiffanyATrump and I are friends!" Around one and a half months later, on December 30, 2020, Gaetz proposed to 26-year-old Ginger Luckey, his girlfriend of ten months, at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.
What did Matt Gaetz tweet to Tiffany Trump?
In May 2020, in response to a now-deleted tweet from Donald Trump's account, Matt Gaetz wrote, "Tiffany is a beautiful person inside and out! It’s so great to see her success. Big things coming," referring to Tiffany Trump.
Tiffany is a beautiful person inside and out! It’s so great to see her success.— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) May 20, 2020
Big things coming. https://t.co/lOyq6dF4Ej
On November 11, 2020, Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany Trump posted a photo of herself looking glamorous in a red suit in the White House. Soon afterward, Matt Gaetz retweeted the photo with an assortment of emojis - from the fire emoji to heart, heart eyes, and a thumbs up.
Though Tiffany Trump reportedly liked his tweet, the reaction of other Twitter users was not quite the same. Most users branded his action as 'creepy' and even 'inappropriate' and 'gross'.
Activist Charlotte Clymer wrote, "Pretty sure she doesn't wanna catch COVID from you. Also: you're gross," while former FBI agent Asha Rangappa tweeted, "Matt this is inappropriate and creepy." Author Kimberley Johnson said, "Ew. Creepy and gross," and columnist David Weissman tweeted, "Anyone else sickened by this?"
Natalie Montelongo responded to the tweet saying, "Below is a tweet from a sitting member of Congress. And here is a message for women everywhere: you are better than this man, and you should run for Congress."
Pretty sure she doesn't wanna catch COVID from you. Also: you're gross.— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) November 12, 2020
Matt this is inappropriate and creepy— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) November 12, 2020
Ew. Creepy and gross. https://t.co/zgYtopmSY1— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) November 12, 2020
Anyone else sickened by this? pic.twitter.com/BbUJ4p5GBL— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) November 12, 2020
Below is a tweet from a sitting member of Congress.— Natalie Montelongo (@natimontelongo) November 12, 2020
And here is a message for women everywhere: you are better than this man, and you should run for Congress. pic.twitter.com/V3aAaHw3ch
Following the backlash, Gaetz tweeted the photo with Tiffany Trump on November 13, 2020, which garnered further trolling and criticism from Twitterati.
"Did you bond over Donald never remembering your names?" one user wrote, while another replied, "Sweet Mother of God, help us all. No . one . cares. Why do these people feel it necessary to post this stuff....must be something really missing in their lives.....?"
David Weissman responded to the tweet saying, "Breaking: You’re still gross."
Did you bond over Donald never remembering your names?— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) November 13, 2020
Sweet Mother of God, help us all. No . one . cares. Why do these people feel it necessary to post this stuff....must be something really missing in their lives.....?— Maryse (@MarysePower) November 13, 2020
Breaking: You’re still gross.— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) November 13, 2020
Matt Gaetz's problematic comments about his ex-girlfriend
Long before his relationship with his present fiancée Ginger Luckey, Matt Gaetz used to date a Cuban woman, who is also the older sister of Nestor Galban - the 19-year-old boy Gaetz claims to be his adopted son. Nestor reportedly arrived in the USA at a young age after his mother passed away from cancer and Gaetz had been raising him ever since.
For all those wondering, this is my son Nestor. We share no blood but he is my life. He came from Cuba (legally, of course) six years ago and lives with me in Florida.— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 18, 2020
I am so proud of him and raising him has been the best, most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life. pic.twitter.com/JB96wzOzYU
However, Gaetz's relationship with Nestor has raised eyebrows time and again as many detractors claimed that the politician was using the teenager a a 'prop' or a 'dismissive sleight-of-hand' for his personal political gains, People reported in June 2020. The accusations were further substantiated for a 2016 photo of Gaetz with Nestor where he referred to the latter as a 'local student', as well as a 2017 Facebook video where Gaetz called Nestor his 'helper'. Responding to these accusations, Gaetz said about Nestor, "He’s very eager to be identified as my son as publicly as people will accept it.”
In 2018, GQ published a story on Matt Gaetz calling him 'the Trumpiest Congressman'. In the story, columnist Ben Shreckinger mentions Gaetz's problematic remarks about his Cuban girlfriend.
"Once, at a party at the Florida governor's mansion, he introduced his date to Governor Rick Scott. "Why aren't you married yet?" Scott teased him. "Well, Governor, Gaetz shot back, 'You vetoed alimony reform.' When I asked Gaetz what his date had thought of his alimony zinger, he said, "I don't think she knew what alimony was." Then he said, "She's this Cuban girl." Then he did an impression of her asking him, " 'What is thees alimony?' "
left: description from People Magazine yesterday of how Matt Gaetz came to know Nestor, the much younger brother of his one-time girlfriend— Natalie Shure (@nataliesurely) June 19, 2020
right: Matt Gaetz mocking a Cuban girlfriend, presumably Nestor's sister, in a GQ profile in 2018 pic.twitter.com/T94HdoFOSh
Some Twitter users believe her to be Nestor's older sister, though no conclusive proof of the same exists.