The Republican politician, who is currently under federal investigation for sex trafficking and sex with a minor, joined supporters outside a Los Angeles courthouse on Wednesday as Britney Spears contested her conservatorship inside.
WATCH: Congressman Matt Gaetz speaks at the @FreeBritneyLA rally:
“Britney Spears has been abused by the media, a… https://t.co/J9eEL3QXiw
“Everytime there’s a hearing in this case that does not result in freedom for Britney Spears, the dissolution of this guardianship, it is a black eye on the American justice system,” he said to the mass of Free Britney activists who roared with support in response.
“There were grifters in this process who tried to act like they spoke for Britney. That they knew what she wanted. Well now, the whole world knows what Britney Spears wants, and it is the freedom and the liberty to be offered to every single American. Free Britney,” he continued, much to the crowd’s excitement.
Matt Gaetz at the Britney Spears Conservatorship Hearing. “There’s a lot that still divides us but one thing we cal… https://t.co/VtiVJC1SzY
“Britney’s been abused by the media, she’s been abused by a grifter father, and she has been abused by the American justice system. And so we need to come together and create ... federal change in the law that will free Britney and the millions of Americans who are impacted by a corrupt guardianship system that empowers people to take advantage of the weak.”
“That is what we stand for, and that should unite all Americans,” he added, seemingly acknowledging the awkward political divide. “One thing we can all agree on is that Jamie Spears is a d***.”
@mattgaetz grifting off the #FreeBritney protests, just shows how desperate he is. @britneyspears won’t even return… https://t.co/t2V56CvqsJ
— Christopher Eagle (@Christopher Eagle)
Many are assuming that Gaetz chose to hop on the Free Britney bandwagon in an attempt to distract from the Senator’s own assorted scandals, though Gaetz was one of several GOP representatives who invited Spears to contest her conservatorship before Congress on June 30, per The Hill.
That said, people are still confused by Gaetz’s involvement.
Matt Gaetz speaking at the Free Britney rally right now is the crossover I did not see coming
But others pointed out the biggest potential problem of all: Gaetz is quite literally under federal investigation for allegedly egregious crimes, and his involvement could very well damage any good that does get done.
I fully support #FreeBritney.
HOWEVER.. having Matt Gaetz as a spokesperson is going to HURT this cause, not help… https://t.co/6FGIvP4m6P