Matt Gaetz, Donald Trump Jr. to hold town hall in Pensacola
Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a Niceville rally for Matt Gaetz. (Image via Jim Little/

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Both figures loom large in the America First wing of the party.

Donald Trump Jr. and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz will hold a town hall together in Pensacola Tuesday.

PublicSquare announced it will host an event at Palafox Wharf Waterfront. The event shows an increasing close alliance between the Fort Walton Beach Republican and the Trump family. Gaetz has been a loyal supporter of former President Donald Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

But it also comes as rumors grow Gaetz could run for Governor in 2026. While he dismissed such talk just last week, he did so while criticizing a proposal to end winner-takes-all Primaries in state races.

The town hall will take place a day before members of Congress are expected to return to Washington. If lawmakers cannot reach a deal on the budget, a federal shutdown could take place as soon as Friday.

Gaetz has pushed for the Republican House to take a hard conservative line on spending. Last year, he successfully led the ouster of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy during similar talks.

Meanwhile, buzz has grown around Gaetz as a national figure who may even have presidential ambitions.

Donald Trump Jr., meanwhile, has remained a popular figure in the same hard-right wing of the party, promoting an “America First” foreign policy embraced by Gaetz.

The influence of the Trump family within the Republican base could hold significant sway in 2026, especially if Trump returns to the White House.

The event will also feature PublicSquare founder Michael Seifert, and will likely cover the work of the company, which aims to connect conservative businesses and consumers.

That could be notable in its own way, as the company also served as a major voice at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit last year. That high-profile event brought most of the presidential candidates on the Republican side to Orlando in October, including Trump.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • VD

    February 26, 2024 at 10:53 am

    Howler Monkeyd in 3, 2, 1.

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 26, 2024 at 3:21 pm

      That’s Rhonda that attracts the howling feces slingers.

      This post is about Gaetz and Trump, two of Florida’s other biggest losers.

      Try to keep up. With yourself.

    • MH/Duuuval

      February 26, 2024 at 4:43 pm

      Looks like you’re premature, as usual.

      • MH/Duuuval

        February 26, 2024 at 4:44 pm

        My comment refers to the eponymous VD.

        • Dont Say FLA

          February 28, 2024 at 8:27 am

          :thumbs up:

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 28, 2024 at 8:31 am

      Hey VD have you seen Impeach Mayorkas anywhere around? I wanted to talk to them about their feelings regarding impeachment, but they disappeared as soon as I mentioned how the Senate trial will be more of an embarrassing trial of House Republicans and their unelected House Speaker Trump, but not so much a trial of Mayorkas, and how that trial should start ASAP and run thru November.

  • Bill

    February 26, 2024 at 10:55 am

    A confederacy of dunces. I can’t think of a reason why anyone would go to be honest but I guess the maga types like that stuff.

  • Margaret Chrisawn

    February 26, 2024 at 11:00 am

    I cannot imagine a more reprehensible and outright slimy collection of individuals gathered together in a single place, including the attendees in addition to the major “headliners.” This would be the perfect opportunity for Karma to appear in a cloud of pyrotechnics.

    Folks might want to recall the recent crash and burn of FloriDumb’s Fat Little Fascist on the national stage. The idea of Gaetz in that same position is mind-boggling but will undoubtedly eclipse Not-America’s Governor’s abysmal performance entirely.

    • Sarina

      February 27, 2024 at 10:51 am

      I hope the Words you said will come back to hunt you! Karma is a Bitch !

      • Dont Say FLA

        February 28, 2024 at 8:36 am

        Sabrina, about 30% of people in USA think Karma is a bitch.

        Other people keep their side of the street clean. You wouldn’t know what i mean.

        Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend. Karma’s a relaxing thought,

        Aren’t you envious that for you it’s not?

  • Laughter

    February 26, 2024 at 11:54 am

    Venmo Gaetz with a non elected puts who can’t conduct business in New York because he is a fraud holds a town hall so they can both continue spreading lies. PERPfect

  • Michael K

    February 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    Will Matt be talking about his ethics investigation by Congress? And how’s that House impeachment fiasco – you know, the one based on a Russian disinformation campaign?

    • MH/Duuuval

      February 26, 2024 at 4:49 pm

      Looks like the judge in the disinformation case is NOT going to let Smirnov leave the slammer and have the chance to bolt.

  • PeterH

    February 26, 2024 at 4:33 pm

    “Send in the MAGA Klowns!”

  • MH/Duuuval

    February 26, 2024 at 4:42 pm

    Perhaps DJT can twist Matt’s wrist and force him to run for Gov . They’ll be no tears from his colleagues in the House if Gaetz goes — just cheers.

  • Sonia

    February 27, 2024 at 12:14 pm

    So hard to comprehend how so many people are blind to the left’s lies… my opinion is if the media would air the truth about both parties; people regardless of race or ethnicity could make a good informed decision!

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 28, 2024 at 8:28 am

      The left must be much better liars than the right, what with conning everybody, not just 40% of their own voters.

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    February 28, 2024 at 8:29 am

    Trump and Gaetz, what a pair. Who molests whom?

  • Me Too

    February 29, 2024 at 11:33 am

    So who was the first to claim they got Me Too’ed by the other?

    Gaetz or Turnip?

  • Joe

    March 1, 2024 at 10:55 am

    Uh oh, hide your daughters, Pensacola parents!

    • Joe

      March 1, 2024 at 10:56 am

      On the other hand, I’m sure the event was a bonanza for local coke dealers.

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