Rep. Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is currently engulfed in a sex trafficking scandal, is being mocked online after releasing a statement from his “women” staffers on Thursday to defend his character. But the statement signatories are the “Women of the Office of U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz,” with no further details on who these “women” are beyond allegedly being female.
In the letter, the purported women say they felt “morally obligated” to defend Gaetz’s character and actions.
“At no time has any one of us experienced or witnessed anything less than the utmost professionalism and respect,” the nameless women said. “No hint of impropriety. No ounce of untruthfulness.”
Claiming his innocence, the “women” go on to say they reject the allegations against Gaetz “as false.”
Understandably, the letter’s content came under heavy criticism for its frail defense of Gaetz with many Twitter users mocking the congressman over the elusive female authors.
“we, the women of Matt Gaetz’s office” https://t.co/9IbzABF3eR
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 8, 2021
There is nothing remotely respectful about Matt Gaetz. His entire demeanor reeks of privilege and condescension. What woman would honestly support him? Of course the same can be asked about his mentor, the former guy.
— Sandra Schweisthal (@beachsweethome) April 8, 2021
Nothing sells the defense quite like not actually putting your name anywhere on the defense.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) April 8, 2021
Signed “The Women in the Office of U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz,” with no names attached https://t.co/10Zx9rJpXt
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) April 8, 2021
Or maybe his friend John Barron wrote it for him.
— Network Monkey (@stevenLangley) April 8, 2021
“At no time has any of us witnessed anything less than the utmost professionalism…” pic.twitter.com/tgzsYWalvp
— Bryan – Los Padres de ⚾️ (@bryanz) April 8, 2021
Lol none of them actually signed it.
— Whey Standard (@Whey_standard) April 8, 2021
I love that the "defense" of Matty is signed that way.
In other words, all of these women wish to remain anonymous. I don't blame them.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) April 8, 2021