Considering he’s currently being investigated for possibly having sex with a minor, this report on Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) being one of only two votes against a bill outlawing sharing sexually explicit photos of ex-partners (‘revenge porn’) is probably not a good look for Gaetz right now.
From the Washington Post:
Six years later, with the now-congressman accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and sharing photographs of nude women with fellow lawmakers, the sponsor of the Florida legislation says Gaetz opposed it because he believed recipients of such images could use them however they wanted.
Tom Goodson, a Republican who retired from the Florida state House in 2018, told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that Gaetz was the leading opponent of the nonconsensual pornography bill he spent years trying to pass.
He described a meeting in which Gaetz said that if a person gives an intimate photo to a romantic partner, the image becomes the property of the recipient.
In related news, Donald Trump dispatched a quick missive today saying reports that Gaetz had sought an all-inclusive blanket pardon from the Donald during his last days in office are inaccurate.
It’s important to note that Trump says “Gaetz never asked me for a pardon.” The reporting is that Gaetz “privately asked the White House for blanket pre-emptive pardons.”
The Trumpster added, “It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him.”