Congressman Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks at a “Women for American First” event Friday, April 9, 2021, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
UPDATED 10:15 AM PT – Saturday, April 10, 2021
Florida Representative Matt Gaetz (R) has continued to deny misconduct claims against him. At a “Save America Summit” event at the Trump National Doral Resort in Miami Friday, Gaetz thanked his supporters for refusing to listen to the lies spread by the mainstream media. He also vowed to fight for America First principles.
“‘We have your back,'” Gaetz stated. “That is the sentiment I have heard from thousands of Americans at restaurants, walking through public parks, sometimes just out on the street [and] in emails, online donations. I can’t tell you how much it means to me.”
He added, he has been given encouragement from President Trump, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and the entire MAGA nation. The Florida Republican then assured the crowd he has “not yet begun to fight for the country I love and for the nation that I know benefits from America First principles.”
Gaetz went on to say the public allegations against him are part of a blatantly false narrative created by the far-left who have worked to marginalize conservative values across the nation.
“After the Russia hoax, the knock-off Ukraine impeachment sequel and an election that was stolen as a consequence of illegal last-minute changes to the rules,” Gaetz noted. “Folks have sort of got to know that I’ll take on the establishment of both parties and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
The Florida representative finished his remarks by stating he isn’t going anywhere.
“The smears against me range from distortions of my personal life to wild — and I mean wild — conspiracy theories,” Gaetz said. “I won’t be intimidated by the lying media and I won’t be extorted by a former DOJ official and the crooks he is working with.”
Gaetz’s legal battle comes amid a DOJ investigation into whether he misused campaign funds to finance travel for women. The Republican lawmaker has tapped a former Trump organization lawyer to represent him in the case.
Gaetz has not been charged with any crimes.