Latest Lincoln Project spot targets embattled Matt Gaetz

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The Lincoln Project says the GOP created Gaetz, now they must deal with the consequences.

America’s most renowned group of Never Trump Republicans may have encountered some membership changes, but the anti-MAGA mission continues for the Lincoln Project, this time against U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz.

The group waded into the current controversy regarding Gaetz, pro-Donald Trump Congressman in the Panhandle who is currently facing a very serious controversy at the least, and legal peril at the worst.

In a new video, the Lincoln Project took aim at Gaetz, contending the Republican Party created the Congressman and now must deal with the consequences.

“IT’S TOO LATE TO BACK AWAY,” urged block letters in the spot’s close, which saw shots of Gaetz with personalities ranging from U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to Gov. Ron DeSantis. “HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE,” the video declared in all caps.

The 80-second creative commences with a shot of Trump extolling Gaetz at a rally as “young, handsome, and going places.” That endorsement soundbite quickly gave way to a black screen and block letters: “THE GOP CREATED MATT GAETZ.”

Trump, who offered a limp defense of Gaetz Wednesday, likely won’t be saying those words on a live mic again. Also off the Gaetz bandwagon is Sean Hannity, who likewise gets the Lincoln Project treatment in the ad and a king-sized chyron saying “THEY GAVE HIM A PLATFORM.” Shots of a few more Fox News faces were inserted, before a change in tone and the voice of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow wondering why Gaetz voted against sex-trafficking legislation in Congress, the same federal offense for which Gaetz is now under investigation.

The video also hones in on the connection between Gaetz and former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, who unlike Gaetz has actually been charged for similar crimes.

Gaetz has not faced formal charges, though reports are that the Justice Department began a investigation during the Trump administration. The Congressman has said the charges are false and has vowed to “fight like hell.”

Check out the latest Lincoln Project video below.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


8 comments

  • Frankie M.

    April 7, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    You’re going to reap just what you sow — Lou Reed

  • Jackson

    April 7, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Ridiculous ad!

    NYS Governor Cuomo is accused of a lot worse and had far more support in the Democratic party a year ago. No rational person would say that the Democratic party is collectively responsible for his behavior.

    Ditto for the Republicans and Goetz.

    Who even heard of Goetz until the allegations were made?

    The Lincoln Project is just a hate group looking to stir up hatred over straw men nothing.

    • Phil Morton

      April 8, 2021 at 5:10 am

      You’re not from Florida are you?

      • Jackson

        April 8, 2021 at 8:03 am

        Correct. I’m from neither Florida nor New York.

  • Jose Osorio

    April 8, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Matt Gaetz is a privileged frat boy (see DUI) who got a job in government doing nothing but kissing Trump’s ass and obstructing everything from the opposing party.

    I challenge anyone to point out one piece of legislation he’s put forth that benefitted average Americans.

    He’s a slimy, perverted douchebag who likes sex with underage girls. Now he’s going to wear a lovely orange jumpsuit and dodge the attentions of fellow inmates for his disgusting level of douchebaggery.

    Gaetz is emblematic of this GOP. Nothing but self-centeredness, greed, perversion and privilege.

  • AJ

    April 8, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Last I looked, Cuomo was encouraged to resign by a ton of Dems. Gaetz is exactly what Jose described, a privileged d-bag who comes from money and never had to face consequences for his actions. He’s a crackpot who bragged that he built his staff around messaging and getting on tv, has no interest in legislating or governance.

    • Jackson

      April 8, 2021 at 4:32 pm

      That is irrelevant to this ad.

      The Lincoln Project ad is about Republicans treated Gaetz BEFORE the allegations were made and are saying “guilt by association” . The same can be said about the Democrats and Cuomo. Or for that matter, The Lincoln Project and it’s founder, John Weaver.

      • carlos

        April 9, 2021 at 8:34 am

        Jackson, so you think Weaver and the Lincoln Project are the same as elected official Gaetz and one of the two ruling parties of the USA?

        Ok? Then explain why W was quickly eliminated and condemned by LP while Gaetz still has his seat and the GOP is pretty much silent ? The current situation is really what this article is about and is more important than what you are whining about.

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