Matt Gaetz was just caught fabricating an outright lie to smear Elijah Cummings for Trump
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) got busted for falsely claiming that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) went to Venice, Italy, and neglected his district in Baltimore, Maryland.
Gaetz was attempting to prop up Trump's racist attacks on Cummings and the majority-black city when he claimed on Saturday that Cummings "is currently in Venice, Italy w Pelosi."
"Honest question the media should ask @SpeakerPelosi & @RepCummings - Did you have a fake impeachment presser and then fly off to Venice?" he later wrote.
Gaetz's attempt to attack Cummings was almost immediately debunked by Drew Hammill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi's deputy chief of staff.
"@RepCummings is not on the Pelosi CODEL marking the 400th Anniversary of the First Enslaved Africans Landing in America," Hammill wrote.
For days, Gaetz's Twitter account has been a barrage of tweets and retweets attempting to bolster Trump's ongoing smear campaign.
"When will PBS stop the 'racially charged' programming?!" he wrote, attempting to mock PBS for reporting on efforts to remove rodents in Baltimore. Trump and his apologists have attempted to say invoking rat and vermin was the point of his attack on the city, not racism.
Further deflating Gaetz's tweets, Cummings tweeted on Tuesday about his whereabouts.
"I had an amazing time today with students of the @UofMaryland Summer Bioscience Internship Program and the Youthworks Program," he wrote, along with a photo of him posing next to students.
Gaetz has fashioned himself as Trump's top defender in Congress and even admitted that he came to Washington not to work for his constituents, but to defend Trump.
That devotion has led Gaetz to pose in front of a fake border wall, proclaiming that it is Trump's vision come to life. He also triggered an investigation by threatening former Trump fixer Michael Cohen before his congressional testimony.
Gaetz's attack on Cummings is to be expected given his obsessive loyalty to Trump — and so is getting humiliated for another botched attack.
Published with permission of The American Independent. Attribution: Oliver Willis.