Rep. Matt Gaetz investigated for alleged sex trafficking

"The View" co-hosts react to mounting allegations against Florida congressman and GOP rising star Matt Gaetz, including an investigation into alleged sex trafficking and sexual misconduct.
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Allegations are mounting against Florida congressman and GOP rising star Matt Gaetz. Including an investigation into child sex trafficking and other sexual misconduct allegations. His attempt at doing damage control on tucker Carlson's show last week didn't really help either. I mean, take a look. It is a horrible allegation, and it is a lie. "The New York Times" is running a story that I have travelled with a 17-year-old woman and that is verifiably false. People can look at my travel records and see that is not the case. I can say that actually you and I went to dinner about two years ago. Your wife was there. I have brought a friend of mine. You'll remember her. She was actually threatened by the FBI, told that if she wouldn't cop to the fact that somehow I was involved in some pay for play scheme that she could face trouble. I do believe there are people at the department of justice who are trying to smear me. I don't remember the woman you're speakingof, or the context at all honestly. Joy, you think -- what do you think of this? I mean, this is -- is he behaving badly or brazenly? What is all this that we're hearing? I have to snicker at the fact that Matt Gaetz was on fox constantly. He and tucker were bffs. Suddenly tucker has short-term memory loss. Even trump is distancing himself, which is a very interesting low bar you have to go to be distanced by the twice impeached insurrection who has been accused of sexual attacks by many different women. But, you know, it's interesting, one point I would make besides the fact that women never do this noticeably. He had a picture of a naked girl with a hula hoop he was showing to guys in congress. This is not something a female would do, a picture of naked guy with a hula hoop around Mr. Happy. I don't see that happening. Having said that, I think that trump emboldened people like Matt Gaetz. You know, I mean if daddy is doing it, then I can. You know, so, there's a reason -- trump enables this type of behavior and he went with it. I think he's really in a lot of trouble when even fox is turning on him. Okay? Right. Sara, what do you think of these allegations? Could joy be right? She absolutely could be. This is disturbing on so many levels. What jumped at me is less than possibly watching someone else do it and being emboldened. I think creepy was growing in there for a long time. It speaks to the fact that this man grew up in a political family that had a lot of power and a lot of money. There's this arrogance. I'm worried about taking a post-it note home from the fice because it's my job and how it appears. That's extreme, but you get my point. You think about how you handle social media. These men -- I say men because it keeps happening. We're dealing with abuse of power with governor Cuomo. Now we're watch these people that two these things, but talk about them and brag about them. The disturbing part about this story was the showing the pictures and the bragging and the competitions. That's not just a one-time incident. This is something that is being shared with people. As a woman, I find that so disturbing. It kind of makes my heart race at the thought about how he bragged about these things, and also paying for things on traceable apps. How do these people get these jobs? Seriously, that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I don't know how small his ego needs to be to be bragging about this stuff and handling himself as such. Meghan, when you listened to this, what's going through your mind? Well, any moron can get elected to congress to Sara's question. Some of the dumbest people in the American history are in congress, some currently. There have always been weird rumors about Matt Gaetz on capitol hill. He's always had a weird reputation. I'm not surprised by this. I'm actually not. What's particularly gross is he's the only congressman to vote against an anti-sex trafficking bill that was on the floor last year. He should certainly resign in the same way that Cuomo should resign. I think Eric Swalwell who hasn't denied sleeping with a Chinese spy hasn't been removed from the intelligence committee. I remember when the Jeffrey toobin incident happened and he was caught masturbating live on a zoom. Everyone thought that was hilarious. It's a violation for all women no matter the context. It's disgusting and vile given that Matt Gaetz is on the floor of congress showing it to please tell me the men that saw those photos and thought it was hilarious and appropriate to see pictures of nude women in hula hoops in a sexual context -- it's disgusting. I'm so sick of stuff like this. He should be removed. Tucker Carlson, there's no explanation of this that makes any sense. I watched five interviews about it. I read everything. I don't understand why he's talking about it -- the most likely scenario is Matt Gaetz slept with a 17-year-old and trafficked her and is probably going to jail. There's a weird group of people that hung out at mar-a-lago and clearly Matt Gaetz and his teenage girlfriends were in that group as well. Sunny, what do you think the strategy could possibly be? What is the strategy? Look, I think this is out of the playbook of the disgrace former twice impeached one-term president. This is someone who changed the very moral fabric of the Republican party. The Republican party is no longer the party of family values. It's the insurrection party. It is the party of -- that's morally bankrupt. There was a president who, you know, paid off porn stars, who cheated on his wife, who was thrice married, who did all these reprehensible things and still had these cultlike followers. His playbook was deny, deny, the world of alternative facts, the world of gas light, gas light. When you change the moral fabric of your party and when you have Kevin Mccarthy saying things like we have a big tent party, all of you are welcome, of course you'll have someone like Matt Gaetz on the sacred floor of congress showing pictures of -- naked pictures of women. Of course you'll have someone like Matt Gaetz who is scoring his sexual conquests by one, two, three points, six points if you have sex with a married law maker, one or two points if you have sex with an intern. That's the type of thing that happens when you traffic in I just read this morning, whoopi, that half of Republicans believe that the insurrection was a nonviolent protest and six out of ten Republicans believe the election was stolen from trump. That tells you all you need to know because guess what, it works. Think about governor Desantis. There was an incredible 60 minutes report that showed he plays favorites when it comes to the vaccine. Only 2% of the minorities have been vaccinated there. People are dying because of governor Desantis. No one is talking about that. People are talking about governor Cuomo. I would like to see that energy directed at death-santis. We don't hear that because of the gas lighting of the Republican party and that playbook seems to be working. And I have a legal note. Matt Gaetz' office said Matt Gaetz has never paid for sex. He refused all the disgusting allegations completely. Matt Gaetz has never been on any such websites. Matt Gaetz cherishes the relationships in his past and looks forward to marrying the love of his life. Another legal statement. Governor Desantis denies any wrong doing. Pub likes grocery stores said there is no relationship between its political contribution and its location getting the vaccine. Matt Gaetz spoke about himself in the third person. That freaked me out.

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