In a passage from his e book that’s now turning out to be a little bit of a humiliation, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) hailed the top of the “family man” period when Donald Trump moved into the White House.
The Trump period made it a superb 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 forms: Sex and money. Getting paid and getting laid.”
But the lawmaker wasn’t apologizing. He mentioned he had “an active social life, and it’s probably easier in the era of Trump.”
“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,” Gaetz wrote. “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, a staunch Trump supporter, is presently underneath investigation for alleged intercourse with a minor and potential sex trafficking. He has denied all accusations. Trump has but to discuss the allegations towards Gaetz.
Meanwhile, 25 girls have publicly raised sexual assault allegations towards the previous president, who was heard boasting of grabbing girls’s genitals in a resurfaced recording earlier than he was even elected. Trump’s former private lawyer Michael Cohen additionally testified that then-candidate Trump had organized to pay hush cash to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016 to maintain her quiet about their affair.
“We’ve got a president now who doesn’t care for puritanical grandstanding or moralistic preening” is how Gaetz characterised Trump’s conduct in his e book. “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.”
To hold himself “safe” from political fallout, nevertheless, Gaetz mentioned he lived by sure “dating” guidelines. “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 wrote.
Still, 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: “Of course, it’s even easier to be distracted if you never had any principles. The emptiest of vessels become the most corruptible of officials.”
It’s “hard to party like a rock star when you’re living on a public salary, so others pick up the tab — at a very steep price,” Gaetz wrote. “It’s just your soul — though no one really believes that because it can’t be monetized.”
He added: “Washington, unfortunately, can be a very sexy city. [Henry] Kissinger said power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”
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