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Glenn Greenwald is being dragged for suggesting Matt Gaetz has a right to commit statutory rape / Queerty

Glenn Greenwald is being dragged for suggesting Matt Gaetz has

Glenn Greenwald is currently taking heat on Twitter after he suggested that Matt Gaetz is legally entitled to have sex with whatever “consenting” 17-year-old girl he pleases.

As you’ve likely heard by now, the Florida lawmaker is currently ensnared in a teen sex/prostitution scandal involving a 17-year-old girl and $900 transferred on Venmo to an accused child sex trafficker who is currently sitting in a jail cell.

None of Gaetz’s Republican colleagues are sticking up for him, except for Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan, who is currently ensnared in his own college wrestling gay sex abuse scandal. And even Fox News wants nothing to do with Gaetz.

But for whatever reason, Greenwald, who is openly gay, has decided to come to the antigay congressman’s defense.

“If you don’t think it should be legal for 17 year-olds to have sex with anyone they want, go write to the governors and legislatures in 37 states & the District of Columbia which made it legal,” Greenwald recently tweeted while defending Gaetz.

There’s just one teeny tiny problem with this. And by “one teeny tiny problem” we mean a glaring omission of some pretty important details about age of consent laws.

Raw Story notes:

[Greenwald] failed to note that many states that allow 16 or 17 year olds to have sex require that both consenting partners be of similar ages. For example, Virginia has a close in age exemption that allows teens between 15-17 to have sex with each other. At age 38, Gaetz could not legally have sex with a 17-year-old girl in Virginia because the de facto age of consent is 18 years old.

Another important detail Greenwald neglected to mention is that the age of consent in Florida is 18, meaning a 38-year-old man having sex with a 17-year-old girl would be considered statutory rape under state law.

In a followup tweet, a defiant Greenwald wrote, “I think consenting adults should be able to do what they want in their private lives and those who try to control them or restrict their choices or impose judgments on moral grounds are creepy sexual morality police similar to the Moral Majority & Pat Robertson of the 1980s.”

And we would tend to agree. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with consenting adults having sex with one another. It happens all the time, and sex is a beautiful thing. The problem is, in Gaetz’s case, that doesn’t appear to be what happened.

Also missing from Greenwald’s defense of Gaetz was any mention of the sex trafficking accusations being made against him or the allegations of illegal drug use.

Gaetz insists he is not guilty of any wrongdoing and claims to be the victim of a $25 million extortion plot.

Here’s what folx on Twitter are saying about Greenwald’s deeply flawed defense of Gaetz…

Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.

Matt Gaetz pens absolutely crazy op-ed about worsening teen sex scandal, says people “suck” / Queerty

Matt Gaetz pens absolutely crazy op-ed about worsening teen sex

They say when you find yourself at the bottom of a ditch, stop digging. But apparently Matt Gaetz didn’t get that memo because he’s halfway to China right now.

In case you haven’t heard, the 38-year-old frat boy/Florida lawmaker is currently under investigation for allegedly paying women, as well as a 17-year-old girl, for sex on CashApp and Apple Pay. He, of course, denies this, but The New York Times has text messages and online receipts that seem to corroborate the allegations.

Now, rather than do what anyone being federally investigated for underage sex crimes would probably do and, say, hire a lawyer, followed by maybe a publicist, Gaetz has decided to write a scathing op-ed in the Washington Examiner affirming his innocence.

Related: A brief, probably incomplete history of Matt Gaetz’s sex scandals and creepiest moments (so far)

In an article dramatically titled The swamp is out to drown me with false charges, but I’m not giving up, Gaetz reminds everyone, “I am a representative in Congress, not a monk.”

Of course, nobody expects him to be a monk. Only monks are expected to be monks. They do, however, expect him not to pay underage girls for sex. But we digress.

“I want to be clear about something as we process the leaks and lies from the past week,” he continues. “To this point, there are exactly zero credible (or even non-credible) accusers willing to come forward by name and state on the public record that I behaved improperly toward them.”

This, of course, isn’t true.

Multiple media outlets have reported that an 18-year-old testified before a grand jury in Florida last week saying she had sex with Gaetz when she was still a minor. And while he may not think she’s credible, the Department of Justice believes she’s credible enough to have launched an investigation into the matter.

Gaetz goes on to say that he believes this is all part of an elaborate smear campaign against him, motivated by his criticisms of the Biden administration, or maybe because of his beef with Liz Cheney.

This is a vastly different explanation than he gave just last week, when he told Tucker Carlson he was the victim of a $25 million extortion plot. Or something.

“Since I’m taking my turn under the gun, let me address the allegations against me directly,” Gaetz continues. “First, I have never, ever paid for sex. And second, I, as an adult man, have not slept with a 17-year-old.”

He then goes on to say he is “enjoying my current embrace of monogamy” with his fiancée Ginger Luckey, who hasn’t issued any comment since the story broke last week.

Related: Matt Gaetz’s fiancée urged to “Run girl!” after sharing photo of his bare legs amid teen sex scandal

“I’m a better man today than I was years ago,” he writes. “Heck, I hope to be a better man than I was yesterday, every day of my life. My lifestyle of yesteryear may be different from how I live now, but it was not and is not illegal.”

Except for that time he got arrested for drunk driving, of course. And all of those speeding tickets. But maybe that stuff doesn’t count?

“My political opponents want to sensationalize and criminalize my prior sex life just as I am getting engaged to the best person I’ve ever known,” Gaetz claims.

Then, without the slightest hint of irony, he adds, “It is regrettable that the battle of ideas should thus become so personal. But then again, when your ideas suck, you need to stoop this low.”

He concludes by accusing the Justice Department of trying to “pervert the truth” and says he will “not be intimidated or extorted” before comparing himself to a gladiator.

“The battle for America’s future demands gladiators,” he write, “and I am going to keep getting back up and fighting, every single day.”

Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.

Matt Gaetz denis having sex with underage girl amid federal investigation

Matt Gaetz looks concerned in a blue plaid suit

Representative Matt Gaetz. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Matt Gaetz is reportedly being investigated by federal officials for allegedly having sex with an underage girl, a claim he says is “verifiably false”.

The Justice Department is looking into whether the west Florida congress member violated federal sex-trafficking laws and had an inappropriate relationship, people with knowledge of the matter told The New York Times.

According to sources, the department is examining a claim that Gatez had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him around two years ago.

The inquiry was opened at the eleventh hour of the Trump administration by then-attorney general William Barr as part of a wider investigation into an indicted local Florida official, it is understood.

Matt Gaetz, lauded by Republicans as a rising star, denied any criminal wrongdoing on Tuesday (30 March), confirming to Axios that an inquiry has been launched.

“The allegations against me are as searing as they are false,” the 38-year-old said.

“I believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to criminalise my sexual conduct, you know, when I was a single guy.”

“I have definitely, in my single days, provided for women I’ve dated.

“You know, I’ve paid for flights, for hotel rooms. I’ve been, you know, generous as a partner. I think someone is trying to make that look criminal when it is not.”

The conservative firebrand stressed that the specifics of the investigation are “unclear” to him – he knows “very little”, he claimed.

He added that his lawyers have contacted the department, where officials told him he is the subject, not the target, of an investigation “regarding sexual conduct with women”.

Generally, a “subject” means someone whose actions fall within the scope of a grand jury investigation. If they are the “target”, that means federal prosecutors have gathered enough evidence to indict them of a crime.

Gaetz has not been charged with a crime.

Those briefed on the matter claim Gaetz fell into the investigation’s radar as they scrutinised Joel Greenberg, a Florida tax collector and ally of Gaetz’s indicted last summer for, among other things, the alleged sex trafficking a child. Greenberg is awaiting trial and has pleaded not guilty to charges.

“The allegations of sexual misconduct against me are false,” Gaetz added.

“They are rooted in an extortion effort against my family for $25 million in exchange for making this case go away.”

He took to Twitter to further lambast the Justice Department’s so-called “smear” campaign against him and his family.

Gaetz claimed that he is working with the  FBI to expose what he described as an “organised criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official”, whom he did not name.

“My father [Don Gaetz] has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals,” he wrote. “The planted leak to the FBI tonight was intended to thwart that investigation.”

“No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation.

“I demand the DOJ immediately release the tapes, made at their direction, which implicate their former colleague in crimes against me based on false allegations.”

PinkNews contacted representatives of the Department of Justice for comment.

People are seriously creeped by this weird photo of Matt Gaetz nestling Kimberly Guilfoyle’s bosom / Queerty

People are seriously creeped by this weird photo of Matt

People are seriously disturbed by a weird photo antigay Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida posted to his Twitter page this week.

Yesterday, Gaetz took a break from doing whatever the hell he does during the workday to tweet a picture of himself resting his head against the bosom of Kimberly “The Best Is Yet To Come” Guilfoyle, along with the caption: “I will never take a cooler picture than this.”

But judging by people’s responses, Gaetz is perhaps the only person in the world who thinks he looks supercool in the pic…

This isn’t the first time Gaetz has exercised poor judgement in the sorts of photographs he poses for.

In April, he received criticism after being pictured wearing a gas mask on the House floor in an effort to mock coronavirus. Days later, he entered self-quarantine after being exposed to the virus.

And in August, he received criticism after a selfie of him partying with “trysexual” Roger Stone and Joel Greenberg, the former Florida tax collector charged with sex trafficking, circulated on Twitter.

Related: Rep. Matt Gaetz ripped on live TV for mocking coronavirus with gas mask