Matthew Gaetz was born in 1982 and is currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 1st Congressional District.
Mr. Gaetz was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 and was reelected in 2018. Prior to joining Congress, he served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives. In the state legislature he represented the 4th district from 2010 to 2016. A law graduate, before entering politics, Congressman Gaetz worked as an attorney.
U.S. Representative Gaetz has sparked controversy for being associated with and defending renown anti-Semite and Holocaust denier Charles Johnson.
Congressman Gaetz invited Charles “Chuck” Johnson to be his guest at President Trump’s State of the Union address in 2018. Johnson has questioned the number of Jewish victims during the Holocaust, and agreed with another Holocaust denier, David Cole, “about Auschwitz and the gas chambers not being real.” Johnson also ran a site used by white supremacists and neo-Nazis for crowdfunding. In 2018, Johnson also appeared in a small fundraiser for Congressman Gaetz in California.
Rep. Gaetz defended Chuck Johnson by claiming that “some of the claims against Mr. Johnson are not accurate” and that “he is not a Holocaust denier and he is not a white supremacist.”
Invited Holocaust denier Charles Johnson to the State of the Union address https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/31/gaetz-florida-right-wing-troll-380577
Defended Charles Johnson https://thinkprogress.org/matt-gaetz-charles-johnson-sotu-dc1486e77832/
Attended fundraiser event with Charles Johnson https://www.timesofisrael.com/holocaust-denier-attends-fundraiser-for-republican-congressman/
Johnson’s association with neo-Nazis https://www.cnet.com/news/neo-nazi-sympathizers-crowdfunding/