Matt Gaetz may still be at war with Kevin McCarthy, but thinks Donald Trump’s support matters more
Matt Gaetz and Donald Trump.

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The former President endorsed Gaetz's re-election in a Truth Social post this weekend.

Even if Kevin McCarthy’s allies want U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz gone, the Panhandle Republican said he boasts the one supporter who matters.

A recent fundraising email from Gaetz’s campaign touted support from former President Donald Trump. The presumptive 2024 GOP nominee for President endorsed Gaetz’s re-election on Truth Social.

“Matt Gaetz has been an unwavering warrior for the MAGA Agenda, but now he faces a battle of his own. Kevin McCarthy has enlisted the help of one of his swamp puppets to take Matt down,” the Gaetz fundraising email reads. “President Trump has joined the fight on Matt’s side…Will you?”

The Trump endorsement dropped over Memorial Day weekend.

“Matt Gaetz is a great representative for the amazing people of Florida’s 1st Congressional District!” Trump posted on May 26.

“Matt is a Warrior for our MAGA Agenda, who tirelessly works to Drain the Swamp, Secure the Border, Support our Brave Veterans and Law Enforcement, Defend our always under siege Second Amendment, Stand Up to the Woke Mob, and Fight the Never-Ending Witch Hunts from the Radical Left that are destroying our Country! Matt Gaetz has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Trump’s announcement also came as Gaetz faces a Republican Primary opponent, Aaron Dimmock, whose campaign holds ties to McCarthy. Gaetz led the successful ouster of McCarthy as U.S. House Speaker last year.

McCarthy told POLITICO he played a role in vetting Dimmock and considers him a good challenger to Gaetz in Florida’s most Republican U.S. House district.

But Gaetz’s campaign said Trump’s voice will mean more to GOP voters.

The email described McCarthy as “hell-bent” on taking Gaetz down, though it never mentions Dimmock. Democrat Gay Valimont has also qualified to run in the district.

Gaetz has reason to believe voters in CD 1 will care about Trump’s support. In the 2020 Presidential Election, more than 69% of voters there backed Trump over Democrat Joe Biden. That’s the highest share of the votes Trump received in any Florida congressional district, according to an analysis by MCI Maps.

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].


  • Dont Say FLA

    May 30, 2024 at 12:27 pm

    Matt Gaetz got endorsed by Trump during Trump Endorses Total Losers week. Noted. And hilarious.

    Maybe Trump reads these comments and is in on his own joke.

    Aww man, is this a new loser endorsement or did we already laugh at this one? There’s too many to keep up with!

  • Michael K

    May 31, 2024 at 10:52 am

    Whatever happened to Matt’s adopted teenaged son? Asking for a friend.

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