Matt Gaetz’s 2020 book about life as ‘a fun-loving politician’ in DC seen in new light after sex-trafficking allegations

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) awaits the State of the Union address in the chamber of the House of Representatives on February 4, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • Quotes from Rep. Matt Gaetz’s book are taking on new meaning amid a sex-trafficking inquiry into him.
  • “Firebrand: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the MAGA Revolution” was published in September 2020.
  • Gaetz is currently being investigated over possible sex trafficking.
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Excerpts from Rep. Matt Gaetz’s book published last year are taking on new meaning after reports that the Florida lawmaker is under a sex trafficking investigation.

In his book “Firebrand: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the MAGA Revolution,” which came out in September 2020, Gaetz writes about what it’s like to date in Washington and how he is finding life as a politician.

“We’ve got a president now who doesn’t care for puritanical grandstanding or moralistic preening. He is a lot more direct, even visceral, open, and realistic about his likes and dislikes, so overall, this is a good time to be a fun-loving politician instead of a stick-in-the-mud,” Gaetz writes in the book, according to Vanity Fair.

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“I have an active social life, and it’s probably easier in the era of Trump,” he continues. “We’ve had ‘perfect family man’ presidents before, after all, and many of those men sold out our country, even if their wives were happy the whole time.”

“If politicians’ family lives aren’t what really matter to the voters, maybe that’s a good thing. I’m a representative, not a monk,” Gaetz adds.

Gaetz is a long-standing Trump ally, who was once was called one of Congress’s “most controversial members” who has “unabashedly aligned himself with Trump on basically all things,” according to the Washington Post.

According to Vanity Fair, the Florida Republican goes on into more detail about his dating life in the book, writing: “I knew going in how many people had been brought down by sexual missteps in this town, so I set some rules to help me err on the safe(r) side.”

“In Washington, safe sex means in part: no dating lobbyists, no dating your staff members, and I should have added no dating reporters, but I didn’t at first,” he adds.

Gaetz is currently engaged to Ginger Luckey, a 26-year-old Harvard business student who once called herself his “travel buddy.”

In another part of the book, Gaetz writes about his former Republican colleagues, Pat Meehan and Blake Farenthold, who both resigned while under investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and the use of taxpayer funds.

“It’s risky to date in a town where there’s potentially a thin line between love and blackmail, or at least love and bad PR,” he wrote, according to Vanity Fair.

His book has come back under the spotlight after the New York Times reported this week that the Justice Department was investigating whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl in 2019 and broke federal sex-trafficking laws.

The scandal – dubbed “Gaetzgate” – has taken on many turns in a short amount of time.

Among other allegations, Gaetz is accused of reportedly using campaign money to fund travel and other expenses for women, paying women for sex, and participating in a sex game that included a “Harry Potter” challenge and “extra points” for sleeping in sorority houses.

Gaetz has denied all the allegations against him and claims the investigation into him is part of an elaborate scheme to extort his family for $25 million.

He said on Friday that he has no intention of resigning anytime soon.

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Trump advised to turn his back on his right-wing protégé Matt Gaetz who faces a sex trafficking investigation

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President Donald Trump takes a selfie with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., in the House chamber after Trump’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on January 30, 2018.

Former President Donald Trump’s advisors have strongly urged him not to publicly defend GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz who is currently facing a sex crimes investigation, the Daily Beast reported Friday.

Trump has reportedly spent the last week watching the “Gaetzgate” scandal unfold from afar while consulting several advisors about what he should do about one of his most loyal allies.

According to two people familiar with the matter, Trump thinks the allegations against the Florida Republican seem “really bad” but also believes they could be a “smear,” the Daily Beast reported.

Nevertheless, Trump’s confidants have firmly said he should keep quiet on the matter- a recommendation the former president appeared to ultimately agree with.

Trump’s office has not issued any official statement on the matter as of Saturday.

Read more: We asked 30 Republicans who know and have worked with Rep. Matt Gaetz if they’ve reached out to him as his sordid sex stories snowball. Their collective silence was deafening.

Gaetz, a bombastic Trump loyalist, is currently being investigated for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl in 2019 and paying her to travel with him, potentially breaking federal sex-trafficking laws by doing so, The New York Times reported earlier this week. Gaetz has not been charged in connection to the investigation.

Since the report, several more allegations have surfaced.

Among other allegations, Gaetz is accused of reportedly using campaign money to fund travel and other expenses for women, paying women for sex, and participating in a sex game that included a “Harry Potter” challenge and “extra points” for sleeping in sorority houses.

Gaetz has claimed that the federal probe is part of an “organized criminal extortion” scheme against his family. He said the plot involved two former justice department officials, whom he did not name.

“Matt Gaetz has never paid for sex. Matt Gaetz refutes all the disgusting allegations completely. Matt Gaetz has never ever been on any such websites whatsoever. Matt Gaetz cherishes the relationships in his past and looks forward to marrying the love of his life,” his office said in a statement on Thursday, according to the New York Times.

On Friday, the Florida Republican from the state’s first congressional district told the Hill that it is “very safe” to say he has no intentions of resigning.

Gaetz has been one of Trump’s biggest defenders on Capitol Hill. He recently spoke at the Republican National convention in Florida and was once called a “proud Trump protégé” by Politico.

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