Bryan Jones calls out ‘abhorrent’ Matt Gaetz transgender tweet
Matt Gaetz.

Mocking University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas is the latest Gaetz controversy.

Republican congressional candidate Bryan Jones is criticizing Matt Gaetz for mockingly tweeting about a transgender college athlete.

On Sunday evening, Gaetz quote tweeted a New York Post article about University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas. He posted a screenshot of a media player playing the Aerosmith song “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”, a shot at Thomas, who is a trans woman.

Jones, who is running in the Republican Primary against Gaetz, said in a statement to Florida Politics that Gaetz’s post was unsolicited and a misuse of his platform.

“This is yet another example of the abhorrent behavior that is unfitting of a public servant and sitting member of Congress,” Jones said. “I’d like to see our public servants’ platforms used to build our nation up instead of tearing it down.”

Gaetz is not a stranger to controversy. The legislator is currently under investigation for allegedly paying a 17-year-old girl for sex. A person connected to Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg pleaded guilty last week with an agreement that he will cooperate with an ongoing sex trafficking probe. 

He also has promoted conspiracy theories and rhetoric commonly used by white nationalists. Gaetz previously tweeted out that the Replacement Theory is correct, as discussed on Tucker Carlson’s show, and that the Anti-Defamation League is a racist organization. 

Tristan Wood

Tristan Wood graduated from the University of Florida in 2021 with a degree in Journalism. A South Florida native, he has a passion for political and accountability reporting. He previously reported for Fresh Take Florida, a news service that covers the Florida Legislature and state political stories operating out of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications. You can reach Tristan at [email protected], or on Twitter @TristanDWood


  • Ocean Joe

    January 31, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Mr. Gaetz continues to show interest in the young folks, don’t he?

    • Evan Miller

      February 1, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      No worse than Robert Menendez.

  • Susan, USA Retired

    January 31, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    It’s sickening that Gaetz is nominating young people to the military academies. Makes me think a bunch of mini-me like-minded bigots and drug heads are getting a free education and polluting our military. Academy candidates apply to their local politicians; I only pray they’re honorable and realize their duty is to the country and it’s people. Unlike Gaetz who is politics for the partying, money and power.

  • Conservative always

    February 1, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    The Daily Mail reported Thursday that one of the female swimmers is speaking out about the issues she and her teammates face after the school allowed a man who identifies as a woman to join the squad this year.

    Thomas — who competed on the men’s team as Will Thomas for three years before taking a hiatus, after which he joined the women’s team as Lia — still has male genitalia, and while he sometimes covers himself with a towel, there has been “a decent amount of nudity,” according to the Daily Mail.
    The unidentified female swimmer told the outlet that the exposure has made the women on the team increasingly uncomfortable.

    In addition, she said, Thomas has admitted to his teammates that his attraction to women did not change with his “transition” — a fact that raises the creep factor tenfold.
    via Western Journal

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