Matt Gaetz nets Donald Trump endorsement
Matt Gaetz blasts wind energy off the Florida coast. Image via AP.

Matt Gaetz
Trump announced his support of Gaetz on his Truth Social app.

Days before the Aug. 23 Primary Election, former President Donald Trump has endorsed Congressman Matt Gaetz as the incumbent’s opponent has released ads suggesting Gaetz was “the informant” who led the FBI to raid Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Trump announced his endorsement on his Truth Social app.

“(Gaetz) is a relentless Fighter for the incredible people of Florida’s 1st Congressional District!” Trump posted. “Matt is a Champion of our MAGA Agenda, who tirelessly works to Drain the Swamp, Secure the Border, Support our Brave Veterans and Law Enforcement, Defend the Second Amendment, Stand Up to the Woke Mob, and Fight the Never-Ending Witch Hunts from the Radical Left that are destroying our Country!”

Trump’s post comes the same day Gaetz’s Primary opponent Mark Lombardo released an attack ad questioning why Trump’s son Don Jr. is going to stump for Gaetz in Pensacola on Monday.

The new ad is a “sequel” to an ad the Lombardo campaign released linking the Congressman to the Mar-a-Lago raid.

“What’s the real reason Don Jr. is coming to town?” a female narrator asks. “Is Trump sending him to get the answers everyone wants? Is Matt Gaetz the informant? Gaetz hasn’t denied it. Trump rejected Gaetz’s pardon request.”

Gaetz tweeted a screenshot of Trump’s post but has yet to comment on the twice-impeached former President’s endorsement, though his campaign sent Florida Politics a video of the former President appearing to endorse Gaetz at Mar-a-Lago in April.

“We’re with you all the way,” Trump said to Gaetz in the video. “He does an incredible job. He’s brave, he’s strong, he’s smart, and just, people love him and they get it. They get it. And not that he needs my endorsement, but he has an endorsement from me, 100% endorsement.”

Rebekah Jones, one of the Democrats running in the 1st Congressional District, said she is ready to take on Gaetz in the General Election, though she must beat Peggy Schiller first in the Aug. 23 Primary.

“Gaetz is defeating himself with his constant disrespect of our military and the people living here,” Jones said. “He’s a bad person, and his struggling campaign shows people have wised up to his phony firebrand grift. I’m smarter, I’ve worked hard my entire life to get where I’m at, and I am part of this community. He’s a seasonal visitor, at best. He’s already playing dirty because he’s a vapid fleshsack without an original or creative idea to run a campaign on.”

“Gaetz may be used to getting by on his daddy’s money, but he’s going to find out real quick that I don’t know play when it comes to my community’s well being.”

Trump also announced his endorsements of Florida Republican Congressmen Neal Dunn, John Rutherford and Scott Franklin.

Aimee Sachs

Aimee Sachs covers politics in her hometown of Tallahassee and the Panhandle. The University of Florida graduate began her career as a sportswriter for the Tallahassee Democrat, Lakeland Ledger and MLB.com. She has also worked for Courthouse News Service and was a senior reporter for The Florida Channel before joining Florida Politics. You can email Aimee at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @AimSachs.


14 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    August 21, 2022 at 8:43 am

    Rebekah Jones is a quack, completely unfit for office. DeSantis called her out when she went on her political attacks against him. Look at her history. She is nuts.

    • Joe Corsin

      August 21, 2022 at 9:16 am

      Jesus Christ get a job dude…

      • Impeach Biden

        August 21, 2022 at 9:22 am

        I am employed Corsin /Offen. And you?

        • Joe Corsin

          August 21, 2022 at 10:04 am

          Doing what? Yaking shlongs for $15 an hour??

          • Impeach Biden

            August 21, 2022 at 10:15 am

            You probably cut my lawn.😜

        • Elliott Offen

          August 21, 2022 at 10:06 am

          @IB: Plenty of people are simply employed but otherwise not worth a flying fck 😆

          • Impeach Biden

            August 21, 2022 at 10:13 am

            The Offen / Corsin comedy show has no idea, so you toss your insults. That’s fine with me. My work life is great and has been extremely profitable.

          • Elliott Offen

            August 21, 2022 at 11:01 am

            @IB: Yeah I’m sure you’ve reaped a fortune that even Alibaba would crave.😆 Fat hogs like Trump will make that impossible for your grandchildren. Until then, by all means worship far right billionaires. You gonna burn in hell!!!🔥😆

        • Charles Odell

          August 21, 2022 at 2:46 pm

          Do you cut your own lawn?

  • Dawson Swanson

    August 21, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Of law enforcement wants to easily find all the pedofiles and child traffickers, they simply need a roster of all those that support and vote for Gaetz

  • Your brain washed

    August 22, 2022 at 6:16 am

    @Dawson S/ We all know the pedo’s are in the Democrat party? Why? Because Jeff E’s little black book is still being held by the FBI. If there was anything in it about the GOP we all know it would have come out right away

  • Elliott Offen

    August 22, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Trump’s first wife filed a police report alleging rape because she recommended a hair specialist who gave him a hair job he didn’t like. He raped her, tore out her hair, and the incident was swept under the rug because he has a lot of money. Trump has numerous sexual assaults and even admitted to sexually assaulting women in the Access Hollywood tape. This not “locker room talk.” The man is a creep…

    • Jerry G.

      August 22, 2022 at 4:58 pm

      You Must Be A Democrat..
      Either That Or A Rino
      Oh And YOU’RE LYING …
      The Fact Is That Ivana Loved
      Trump Very Much And After Their Divorce They Were The Best Of Friends And She Fought For Him And
      Defended Him Against Stupid Allegations , Oh , And When Trump
      Needed Advice , He Would Go To Her Just Like She Would Go To Him When She Needed Advice As well
      Plus She Loved Barron As If He Was Her Son …..
      Also , Melania And Ivana Were The Best Of Friends And Got Along Really Well , And Ivana Was A Part Of
      The Close Family….
      Also , Not Sure ,But If I’m Not Mistaken , Ivana Was Barron’s
      God Mother ..
      But How Convenient For You That Ivana Is Not Here Today To Defend Him , So It Must Be Really Nice To Smear Someone Without Proof..

  • Jerry CARABALLO

    August 22, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    WOW , Can Anyone Say ” HIT PEACE ”
    Against Rep. MATT GAETZ
    Maybe You Can Call It ” HIT JOB ”
    Against Rep. MATT GAETZ ….
    He Must Be Over The Target 🎯
    I Know Who I Am Voting For , Now
    More Than Ever …
    CONGRESSMAN MATT GAETZ
    He Is For The People And CLEANING UP
    THE SWAMP

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