In a passage from his ebook that’s now turning out to be a little bit of a humiliation, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) hailed the tip of the “household man” period when Donald Trump moved into the White Home.
The Trump period made it an excellent time to be a “fun-loving” politician, Gaetz mentioned in “Firebrand: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the MAGA Revolution,” which was printed final September. He additionally identified the presumably corrupting affect of “D.C. distractions,” which he mentioned “take two varieties: Intercourse and cash. Getting paid and getting laid.”
However the lawmaker wasn’t apologizing. He mentioned he had “an lively social life, and it’s in all probability simpler within the period of Trump.”
“We’ve had ‘good household man’ presidents earlier than, in spite of everything, and plenty of of these males bought out our nation, even when their wives have been glad the entire time,” Gaetz wrote. “If politicians’ household lives aren’t what actually matter to the voters, perhaps that’s an excellent factor. I’m a consultant, not a monk.”
Gaetz, a staunch Trump supporter, is at present beneath investigation for alleged sex with a minor and potential sex trafficking. He has denied all accusations. Trump has but to talk about the allegations towards Gaetz.
In the meantime, 25 women have publicly raised sexual assault allegations towards the previous president, who was heard boasting of grabbing women’s genitals in a resurfaced recording earlier than he was even elected. Trump’s former private legal professional Michael Cohen additionally testified that then-candidate Trump had organized to pay hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016 to maintain her quiet about their affair.
“We’ve obtained a president now who doesn’t look after puritanical grandstanding or moralistic preening” is how Gaetz characterised Trump’s habits in his ebook. “He’s much more direct, even visceral, open, and reasonable about his likes and dislikes, so total, it is a good time to be a fun-loving politician as an alternative of a stick-in-the-mud.”
To maintain himself “secure” from political fallout, nonetheless, Gaetz mentioned he lived by sure “courting” guidelines. “In Washington, secure intercourse means partially: no courting lobbyists, no courting your employees members, and I ought to have added no courting reporters, however I didn’t at first,” he wrote.
Nonetheless, he admitted that life within the Beltway can erode one’s morals.
“You don’t drain the swamp, the swamp drains you,” he mentioned, including: “After all, it’s even simpler to be distracted should you by no means had any rules. The emptiest of vessels grow to be essentially the most corruptible of officers.”
It’s “exhausting to get together like a rock star whenever you’re residing on a public wage, so others choose up the tab — at a really steep value,” Gaetz wrote. “It’s simply your soul — although nobody actually believes that as a result of it will probably’t be monetized.”
He added: “Washington, sadly, generally is a very attractive metropolis. [Henry] Kissinger mentioned energy is the last word aphrodisiac.”
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