Gaetz vows he’s ‘not going anywhere’, comes back swinging against CNN ‘smears’ with new ad campaign

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) announced on Wednesday that he is spending six figures on an ad campaign to fight back against allegations made by CNN over sexual trafficking allegations.

The 30-second ad will run in Gaetz’s congressional district in Florida and nationally on select cable networks according to a statement from Gaetz’s campaign. This is the first step in the young congressman’s counteroffensive to “fight back against a multiweek fake news cycle against him.” Gaetz proclaimed on Friday that he’s not “going anywhere” and vowed that he had “not yet begun to fight.”

“Now we see what’s really behind all of this: Democratic Party and media-driven smears aimed at taking out a Congressman of the United States,” a spokesperson for “Friends of Matt Gaetz” remarked in a statement.

Gaetz has been relentlessly attacked and accused by the media, leftists, and Democrats of sexual misconduct supposedly uncovered by an ongoing Justice Department investigation. Allegations include sexual relations with a minor and funding her travel across state lines. Of particular interest to the media is a trip in 2018 that Gaetz took to the Bahamas. CNN has a history of using anonymous sources for its reporting.

The ad highlights CNN as “fake news.” It showcases a video released on Monday by Project Veritas that shows CNN Technical Director Charles Chester bragging, “Look, what we did, we got Trump out.” In that video, Chester also referenced Gaetz. His LinkedIn account has been deleted, but before that happened his job description said that he “played an integral part in the 2020 Presidential elections.”

When asked to define “propaganda,” Chester noted that “if the agenda, say, is to get, like, Matt Gaetz right now — he’s, like, this Republican. He’s a problem for the Democratic Party because he’s so conservative, right?”

He also said that Gaetz “can cause a lot of hiccups in the passing of laws and whatnot. So it would be great for the Democratic Party to get him out. So we’re going to keep running these stories to keep hurting him and make it so that it can’t be buried.”

Chester stated that “if we keep pushing that, it’s helping us. That’s propaganda because it’s helping us in some way.”

Some argue that the footage could be used to sue CNN.

Hours after the Project Veritas video came out, two CNN reporters tried to corner Gaetz over their allegations. Instead, Gaetz wound up turning the attack back on them: “Well, I think you can read my essay in the Washington Examiner. I think you can check out the work that your network has done to propagandize lies about me. I think that really ought to concern you, Manu. You’ve always considered yourself a real journalist, but that doesn’t strike me as real journalism.”

No charges have been filed against him yet and Gaetz is fervently denying the allegations. He asserts that the charges surfaced in connection to an attempt to extort him and his family to the tune of 25 million dollars.

The New York Times reported that Gaetz allegedly sent $900 to former Florida county tax collector Joel Greenberg. According to the media, Greenberg is giving information to the Justice Department on Gaetz in an effort to cut a deal to reduce his own charges.

Greenberg is suspected of crimes including trafficking, financial offenses, stalking a political figure, and smearing a political rival with false rumors.

So far, Republicans have mostly stayed out of the fray. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) became the first Republican to call for Gaetz’s resignation stating: “Matt Gaetz needs to resign.”

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