It isn’t the first time that Gaetz has faced public scrutiny, either. In November, the Trump supporter asked the then-president to pardon himself, as well as Tiger King star Joe Exotic, who is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence on animal abuse charges and murder-for-hire.
Ginger herself has since responded to the photo, appearing to take it in jest.
“No shame in a little beauty sleep,” she quote tweeted.
Elsewhere, Luckey’s sister Roxanne reportedly took to TikTok last month to post a video about her sibling’s relationship, sharing a screenshot of a New York Times article concerning the investigation into Gaetz.
“When a creepy old man tries to hit on you at the bar but your sisters [sic] engaged to a literal pedophile,” she wrote, before later clarifying in a follow-up video that she actually meant the term ‘ephebophile’, which refers to someone with an attraction to mid-to-late adolescents.
Responding to the accusation, Ginger told The Daily Beast: “Matt and I are enjoying our engagement and are deeply in love. My estranged sister is mentally unwell.
“She has been in therapy for years and our family hopes that after receiving in-patient mental health treatment, she will overcome the tendency she has repeatedly shown to engage in destructive behaviour.”
Gaetz denies any wrongdoing, and when approached by the website for comment, a spokesperson for the politician said he stands by his fiancée and the statement she provided.