- Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene are hitting the road on a national “America First” tour.
- Their first stop on May 7 is a conservative Florida retirement community known as The Villages.
- On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg said the Florida rep. “was involved in sexual activities” with a minor.
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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, both controversial GOP members of Congress, are joining forces to head out on a national “America First Tour” together.
Their first stop will be on May 7 at The Villages, a conservative stronghold located in a Florida retirement community.
An hour north of Orlando, the community advertises itself as a “collection of quaint retirement neighborhoods located in the heart of Florida nestled between two beautiful coastlines.” Its 115,000 residents are also 98% white and overwhelmingly voted for Trump in 2016.
According to a report by Politico, Gaetz announced the tour in a radio ad, asking for conservatives to join him and Greene at the May 7 event.
“The radical left is coming for you. And they know I’m in the way. Come stand with me as we fight back together against this radical president and his far-left agenda,” Gaetz said in the radio ad heard by Politico.
Politico wrote that Gaetz and Greene plan to attack both Democrats and “RINOs” (Republicans-in-name-only) they deem disloyal to former president Trump during the tour.
Gaetz did not mention which other cities he and Greene plan to visit together on the tour, but both have supported “America First” initiatives in the past.
In early April, Gaetz headline a Women For America First summit at Donald Trump’s Doral resort. The event happened to coincide with the revelation that the Department of Justice is investigating whether Gaetz paid for a 17-year-old girl to travel and have sex with him.
According to USA Today affiliate TCPalm, the Greene headlined a 300-person “America First Rally” at the Indian River County Fairgrounds and Expo Center on April 24, where she told the audience that the presidential election was “not over.”
Greene also supported a proposal to launch an “America First” caucus to emphasize “Anglo-Saxon political traditions. She distanced herself from the idea a day later following backlash from both Democrats and the GOP.
Gaetz is grappling with multiple controversies at the moment, the most prominent being a DOJ investigation into whether he violated sex trafficking laws. It is unclear whether the Florida lawmaker will proceed with the national tour after his long-time associate Joel Greenberg alleged in a bombshell confession letter released on Thursday that Gaetz paid for sex with a minor.
Representatives for Gaetz and Greene did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Greenberg, a close associate of Gaetz’s who was indicted on 33 felony counts, including the sex trafficking of a minor between the ages of 14 and 17, wrote in a letter seen by The Daily Beast that Gaetz was “involved in sexual activities” with several girls.
“From time to time, gas money or gifts, rent or partial tuition payments were made to several of these girls, including the individual who was not yet 18. I did see the acts occur firsthand and Venmo transactions, Cash App, or other payments were made to these girls on behalf of the Congressman,” said the letter by Greenberg.