Politics

Even Matt Gaetz's Sister Disagrees With Him on Trump's Election "Fraud" Claims

Last night, Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida joined the 121 House Republicans who voted to decertify the Electoral College votes in Arizona, where President-Elect Joe Biden beat President Donald Trump by a margin of about 10,500 votes.

That wasn't particularly surprising. Since Trump lost the November election, Gaetz has been among the president's staunchest backers as Trump has falsely declared that the election was stolen from him.

But last night, even as a number of his fellow Republicans folded and finally broke with Trump, Gaetz doubled down and continued to spread the lie that Biden's victory is a result of voter fraud.

"They fraudulently laundered ballots, votes, voter-registration forms, and then they limited review," he said of the Democrats. He concluded his speech saying "we should reject these electors." (Gaetz didn't confine his baseless bile to allegations about the November election; he also used the bully pulpit to broadcast the absurd claim that "some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters. They were masquerading as Trump supporters and in fact, were members of the violent terrorist group antifa.")

So today might be more than a little awkward if Gaetz plans on catching up with his family after the vote. Yesterday, as MAGA rioters raided the Capitol, the Congressman's sister Erin Gaetz said in multiple tweets that she disagrees with him about Trump's false claims of fraud and that she believes Biden won the election fair and square.

"A lot of Republicans — and a lot of Trump supporters, specifically — don't support this garbage. Moreover, they live in reality and know Trump lost," she wrote. "If you are one of those people, now is the time to speak up. Denounce this in the strongest, most unequivocal terms. Don't wait."

And she acknowledged, after getting many replies, that her brother is not among those Republicans.

"I wholly disagree with him on that issue. I've made that incredibly clear. But I can only speak for myself," she responded in one thread.
Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay's digital editor, Colin Wolf, was among those who asked if Erin Gaetz had spoken with her brother about his continued support for the president's false claims.

"I wonder if she's said any of this to her brother Matt Gaetz," Wolf wrote.

Erin Gaetz responded: "Respecfully, I don't believe in airing family conversations on Twitter. I hope you can understand that."

Although Matt Gaetz said yesterday on the House floor that political violence has no place in America, he did not expressly denounce the pro-Trump rioters who raided the Capitol. Gaetz himself breached the Capitol back in October 2019 when he and two dozen fellow Republicans broke into a secure hearing for members of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees, who were conducting an inquiry into the accusations that Trump had enlisted Ukraine to investigate Biden.

Erin Gaetz wasn't the only one to publicly break with a Trump-supporting family member after the D.C. riots. Supermodel Karlie Kloss, who recently bought a $23 million mansion in Miami Beach with her husband Joshua Kushner, tweeted a statement condemning those who continue to support the election fraud conspiracies.

"Accepting the results of a legitimate democratic election is patriotic. Refusing to do so and inciting violence is anti-American," Kloss wrote yesterday.

When one Twitter user responded, "Tell your sister in law and brother [in] law" — referring to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner — Kloss replied, "I've tried."

Stars — they're just like us! Trying to get their MAGA relatives to accept reality with absolutely no success.
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Jessica Lipscomb is news editor of Miami New Times and an enthusiastic Florida Woman. Born and raised in Orlando, she has been a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
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