Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) probably isn’t the best person to make an argument against driving under the influence given his own arrests. Even Rep Hank Johnson (D-GA) cautioned against “the pot calling the kettle black,” during the Thursday House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Gaetz was arrested for a DUI in 2008 on suspicion of a DUI after he refused a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test. Just two years later he was elected to the Florida state legislature and by 2016 he was in Congress.
According to the arrest report, Gaetz was driving home from a nightclub when he was pulled over for driving 48 in a 35 mile-per-hour zone, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He was driving a BMW that belonged to his father, state Sen. Don Gaetz. The case was subsequently dropped.
“I’m of the view that that is part of who I am,” said the Fort Walton Beach Republican, who in 2016 will seek the seat now held by his father, Senate President Don Gaetz. “I made bad decisions that resulted in an arrest, and that is sort of something that we all live with.”
It was something the internet cautioned should probably be addressed by anyone other than Gaetz if they’re going to somehow go after the former vice president’s son for drug use.
You can read the tweets below:
Whenever you see #DUIs trending, you just know before you click that it’s probably referring to our friend, Tipsy Matt Gaetz.
— TheRonAndBrianPodcast (@RonBrianPodcast) December 12, 2019
gaetz now attacking hunter biden for driving under the influence…irony is dead
— angrygiantsfan (@sfgiantsfangeo1) December 12, 2019
oh no gaetz lol
— trill cosby (@jay__all__day) December 12, 2019
Matt Gaetz talking about substance abuse problems.
— La Vida Loca (@VidaLoca7676) December 12, 2019
Gaetz doesn’t wanna bring up something’s substance abuse but yet he’s being it up
— Marcus Martinez (@texanfan3485) December 12, 2019
Matt Gaetz really trying to call somebody out for substance abuse???#impeachgaetz
— Mike E (@mikelus1988) December 12, 2019
Now Gaetz is using the hearing as a chance to smear Hunter Biden, a private citizen, reading an article about his crack addiction. While claiming he’s not casting aspersions on people with substance abuse problems. He’s just saying. #impeachmentDebate
— 🆘Rev Magdalen |This Machine Dismantles Patriarchy (@revmagdalen) December 12, 2019
@CNNPolitics Rep Matt Gaetz looks like he does lines too.
— tay47 (@tay4712) December 12, 2019
Gaetz should know! How many DUI’S? pic.twitter.com/PFi0xaX35G
— Vic (@SlickVicUno) December 12, 2019
Gaetz is seriously going after someone’s driving record?
— Brian (@Go_GoSox) December 12, 2019
Someone needs to introduce Gaetz’s DUIs into the record. What a shameless disgrace of a human being…
— Mike (@miketheadguy) December 12, 2019
Matt Gaetz being concerned with an elected official’s son having a conflict of interest in business deals is rich with irony. #impeachmentDebate
— Sticky Advent Bandit🎄☃️ (@JeremyBiz) December 12, 2019
Gaetz the drunk is talking about Hunter Biden#ImpeachmentMarkups
— Suzanne DJohnso🌊🌊 (@SuzanneinLGB) December 12, 2019
Someone should take matt gaetz keys just to be safe.
— Loud Voice Guy (@LoudVoiceGuy) December 12, 2019
— Jean Dunn 🐈 (@jeandunn52) December 12, 2019
Gaetz was 26, driving from a nightclub in BMW REGISTERED to his Dad, then-Florida Sen. Don Gaetz.
With watery and bloodshot eyes, swayed n staggered when he got out of the car and smelled of alcohol
Admitted he had two beers but refused field sobriety & breath tests, arrested
— AboveAvgJoe (@Joeharrison31) December 12, 2019
That was amazing! I was seriously about to spit fire when Gaetz started talking about crack and Biden. Pretty brazen for someone with his record.
— No longer accepting the things I can’t change (@tkwolfe1) December 12, 2019
Not just the gallery laughing at Gaetz, the whole world https://t.co/aWXdLmIIRP
— the heady horseman (@StinkyZeke) December 12, 2019
Gaetz is the drunk calling the coke head stoned.
— Sonny Goldreich (@sgoldreich) December 12, 2019
What did Gaetz do that his Daddy had to fix?
— MissMarple (@ValerieBrysK) December 12, 2019
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Losing Kentucky GOP Governor Matt Bevin Formally Requests ‘Recanvass’ of Election Results
Republican Governor Matt Bevin, who lost his re-election race Tuesday night despite tremendous support from President Donald Trump, has refused to concede. His Democratic challenger, Andy Beshear, has been declared the winner by news organizations.
The one-term Tea Party Republican governor who went into election day as the second-most disliked governor in the nation on Wednesday formally petitioned the Kentucky Secretary of State to “recanvass” the election results.
Bevin, who was ushered in by an anti-LGBT element after he embraced embattled county Clerk Kim Davis (photyo), spent a good portion of his time as governor waging war against the state’s teachers so viciously he even, without evidence or proof, blamed striking teachers for the rape of children. No rapes were reported during that single-day strike.
Secretary of State Allison Grimes posted Bevin’s request, in which he claims there were “multiple reports of voting irregularities.”
She has granted his request. The recanvass, which could be described as a light recount of totals only, not a recount of votes, will be performed next week on Thursday.
— Alison L. Grimes (@KySecofState) November 6, 2019
Kentucky, unlike many other states, has no formal recount mandate. Some states by law are required to perform a recount if the results are within a certin number of votes or if the number of margin of votes falls below a certain percentage.
Bevin lost to Beshear by just over 5000 votes, about a 0.4% margin.
Calling Bevin’s questionable claims “dangerous for democracy,” election law and voting rights professor Josh Douglas is calling on Bevin to produce evidence of “irregularities,” saying he is unaware there were any.
It is dangerous for democracy for Bevin and his campaign to claim "voting irregularities" without providing any evidence whatsoever. He must explain these alleged reports immediately. #KYGov https://t.co/N4OVlfYZ9x
— Josh Douglas (@JoshuaADouglas) November 6, 2019
He MUST immediately disclose what kind of "voting irregularities" he is citing.
Saying this without evidence undermines people's confidence in the legitimacy of our elections. Officials from all sides must call him out and demand that he provide evidence or stop these claims. https://t.co/WWFDjk57Vj
— Josh Douglas (@JoshuaADouglas) November 6, 2019
Meanwhile, some have expressed suspicion about the GOP’s possible efforts to somehow undermine the results.
Journalist, and voting rights and elections expert Daniel Nichanian earlier Wednesday issued what could be considered a warning:
Read coverage of Scott’s 2014 or 2018 candidacies, or read coverage of Bevin’s campaign, or read coverage of FL 2020.
We are too attached to acting as though we live in a healthy democracy to treat these elections for what they are. And these politicians know, & exploit, that.
— Taniel (@Taniel) November 6, 2019
LGBTQ, Black, and Women Journalists Respond to Conservative NYT Columnist Who Quit Twitter After Being Called a ‘Bedbug’
“He would never make it if he was us”
Bret Stephens, a well-known conservative and frequently-controversial New York Times opinion columnist is walking away from Twitter – a social media platform highly popular with journalists – after being mocked overnight for emailing a critic who referred to him as a “bedbug.”
After news broke Monday that several floors of the New York Times offices in midtown Manhattan may have bedbugs, one professor made a joke on Twitter:
The bedbugs are a metaphor. The bedbugs are Bret Stephens. https://t.co/k4qo6QzIBW
— davekarpf (@davekarpf) August 26, 2019
Karpf is an associate professor at George Washington University. He notes that Stephens emailed him, and even copied Karpf’s boss on the email:
Alright fine… here is the email: pic.twitter.com/A4E5I6CoB6
— davekarpf (@davekarpf) August 27, 2019
Overnight, many, including many people who are members of groups who unfortunately deal daily with viciously racist, homophobic, misogynistic or other attacks – including death threats – chimed in to note that Stephens dishes out the criticism freely in his Times column, and during his frequent MSNBC appearances, but can’t seem to take one joke.
Adding fuel to their fire is that Stephens has attacked liberals who support “safe spaces” and even bragged about quitting the conservative Wall Street Journal to write for the “mostly liberal editorial page of The New York Times” in a speech later published as “Free Speech and the Necessity of Discomfort.”
Here’s a sampling from mostly Black, LGBTQ, women, and minority journalists, and others, sharing their thoughts and experiences:
Bret Stephens freaks out that a professor mocked him by calling him a “bedbug” and tries to get the guy fired. I wish That’s the worst I got called for my articles. Instead Ive literally had Trump loving Neo Nazis threaten to kill me for daring to criticize Trump. #ByeByeBret
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 27, 2019
In the last 24 hours, I’ve had about a dozen messages from strangers calling me a “faggot” or some kind of transphobic language and that’s fewer than usual.
Lots of women, LGBTQ folks, and/or folks of color on here get much worse.
Bret Stephens was unglued when called “bedbug”.
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) August 27, 2019
So let me get this straight.
You’re a columnist. Some non-fan calls you a name. You take the time to track down both the somebody and his boss to register your offense.
If I did that, I’d never have time to do anything else. https://t.co/VqewPwIJkY
— Leonard Pitts, Jr. (@LeonardPittsJr1) August 27, 2019
Bret Stephens couldn’t handle being a woman for two minutes. https://t.co/NTRiKHmgFg
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 27, 2019
In the course of any given day as a lesbian journalist I get myriad attacks that are misogynist, homophobic, often violent and extremely abusive. In the context of what people say to me, I doubt I would even notice a bed bug reference. The hypocrisy of Bret Stephens… pic.twitter.com/ohgUR0Vkeh
— Victoria Brownworth 🏳️🌈 (@VABVOX) August 27, 2019
Bret Stephens, a guy who professionally laments “PC culture” and “safe spaces” is upset someone jokingly called him a bedbug on Twitter. https://t.co/GzUSTLtbej
— jordan (@JordanUhl) August 27, 2019
I’ve been called a cunt and gotten death threats and told I should die in a gas chamber and belong in a concentration camp and never once sent an email to anyone’s boss let alone one this absolutely sniveling and thin skinned.
Climate denier Bret Stephens is worse then a bedbug. https://t.co/rWDLywvA8M
— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) August 27, 2019
What must it be like to think being called a “bedbug” in a tweet merits an email to that author’s boss? If we women who are columnists shared some of our worst reader responses, we’d risk being banned from Twitter for making credible threats of violence. https://t.co/HMsjltea9l
— Connie Schultz (@ConnieSchultz) August 27, 2019
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