According to a bombshell new report from the Washington Post, former White House aide, Johnny McEntee, testified in front of the January 6 Committee that Matt Gaetz sought a preemptive pardon from Donald Trump regarding the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws. Now, as far as what’s available publicly, this would be the first indication of any inadvertent admission of guilt by Gaetz because, remember, accepting a pardon is an acknowledgment of guilt according to the Supreme Court case Burdick versus United States. In 1915, the court said that a pardon, “carries an imputation of guilt” and that acceptance of a pardon is “a confession” of it. Now, according to McIntyre, Gaetz told him that “he did not do anything wrong but they are trying to make his life hell” and, you know, if the President could give him a pardon that would be great. Gaetz also told McEntee that he had asked the White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, for a pardon and so one would presume that if Gaetz sought a pardon, he would also accept a pardon. And he can qualify that request all he wants by claiming that he didn’t do anything wrong. But over a hundred years of precedent in this country is clear: by seeking and accepting a pardon, Matt Gaetz would be offering a tacit confession of the crimes he’s being investigated for. The Justice Department investigation has been ongoing since before Trump left office. It involves whether Gaetz paid for sex, paid for women to travel across state lines to have sex, and had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old minor. The probe into Gaetz was born out of another probe into Gaetz associate, Joel Greenberg, who’s now a convicted sex trafficker, which doesn’t exactly bode well for Gaetz. Greenberg, a former tax collector for Seminole County, Florida, had pleaded guilty last spring to charges including sex trafficking of a minor. Following his guilty plea, he agreed to cooperate fully with prosecutors and to testify in court. He’s been providing investigators with information about Matt Gaetz as a way to mitigate his own legal exposure. Greenberg has been outlining for prosecutors how he and Gaetz would pay women for sex using cash or gifts, in potential violation of federal trafficking laws. Greenberg’s lawyer, Fred Scheller, said that his client was “uniquely situated to provide information about Gaetz” and also said this about the Florida congressman. Does Matt Gaetz, that is such a bribe, does he have what happened today, does he have anything to worry about? You’re asking me to get into the mind of Matt Gaetz right and, well, from my mind, based on what my client knows. Okay, see, I thought if I kept on talking and talking, I would avoid these questions. I’m sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today. All right, so yeah, if you’re Matt Gaetz, that’s not exactly something you want the lawyer of the guy who’s “uniquely situated to provide information” about you to say. As for Gaetz, he’s denied the allegations, which to be clear, I obviously can’t confirm or deny at this point given the reporting available. But I’d offer this, he has no choice but to deny the allegations because, let’s be honest, if I’m right in assuming that he’s trying to stay out of prison, anything else would be an outright admission of guilt. Gaetz’s spokesperson wrote an email to the Washington Post “Congressman Matt Gaetz discussed pardons for many other people publicly and privately at the end of President Donald Trump’s first term. As for himself, President Trump addressed this malicious rumor more than a year ago stating Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon.” Representative Gaetz continues to standby President Trump’s statement. But with that said, Gaetz’s legal issues would offer a pretty clear explanation as to why he was so hell-bent on trying to get Trump to issue blanket pardons before he left office. On November 25th, 2020, weeks after Trump lost the election, Gaetz said this on fox news: “President Trump should pardon Michael Flynn. He should pardon the thanksgiving turkey. He should pardon everyone from himself, to his administration officials, to joe exotic if he has to, because you see from the radical left a bloodlust that will only be quenched if they come after the people who worked so hard to animate the Trump Administration with the policies and the vigor and the effectiveness that delivered for the American people. So, I think that the President ought to wield that pardon power effectively and robustly.” So yeah, maybe it’s a little clear now why Gaetz was so desperate for Trump to issue everyone a pardon because, one way or another, they always tell on themselves. And what’s especially telling about this is how Gaetz is one of the loudest voices for a Republican party that has spent the last few years calling Democrats ‘groomers’ and ‘pedophiles.’ And yet, it’s that party that’s lined up behind Matt Gaetz, who is now under investigation for child sex trafficking. It’s that party who’s lined up behind Jim Jordan who is accused of ignoring the sexual assault of hundreds of students during his time as wrestling coach at OSU. It’s that party that’s lined up behind Roy Moore, the former U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, who was accused by dozens of women of molesting them while they were children. It’s that party that’s lined up behind RNC operative Ruben Versteeg who was just sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for child porn. It is that party that’s lined up behind other sexual deviants like Donald Trump. So, I can see why Republicans are so concerned about pedophiles and groomers, considering their party is crawling with them. In fact, I was especially interested in this cognitive dissonance between the Right’s apparent infatuation with taking down groomers and pedophiles and their simultaneous block against acknowledging that the worst offenders are in their own party. I spoke with the host of the renowned QAnon anonymous podcast about exactly that. This is all predicated on this idea that they’re fighting back against a cabal of child sex traffickers. How do they reconcile the fact that Donald Trump has history with someone like Jeffrey Epstein? Or that you have a guy like Matt Gaetz who’s under investigation by the FBI for child sex trafficking. Like so much of what this entire movement is based upon, the people who these QAnon adherents champion are the ones mixed up in exactly the stuff they purport to be fighting against! Yes, I think that that is kind of the point of the movement, to create a kind of cognitive dissonance where you’re able to selectively target the people that you think are in charge of it. And there’s also within the QAnon ideology there’s kind of a closed-loop way of thinking that that Q encourages based on certain drops, you know, not to trust the mainstream media. You know that when somebody attacks somebody for something, it means that they’re actually projecting and they’re accusing your heroes of the very thing that they are doing behind the shadows. So, you know, even though information comes out, of Trump’s relationship with Epstein, there are built-in mechanisms within the QAnon beliefs that people can say ‘Oh well!’ But what Trump was doing was actually hunting him. Trump was setting him up to take him down. He was pretending to be friends with Jeffrey Epstein so he could get all of the dirt on Bill and Hillary Clinton. It’s all just built in, like ‘Heads, we win; tails, you lose.’ There’s always a convenient way to explain away everything. Absolutely, in fact there’s the perfect thought-terminating cliché that became kind of part of their catalog, which was think mirror, as in, what you see is the exact opposite of what is actually happening. Right, so they can be accused of everything from here until the end of the earth and it’ll never actually stick to them because, you know, ‘It’s not me, it’s you.’ Like that Gaetz was supposed to be a deep state operation to take him out. It’s not that he’s actually one of the people that would normally, within their belief system, put on the list of people they hate. Right, how convenient. And just one last thing here, I hope this dispels, once and for all, the Republican party’s branding because we’ve sat idly by and listened to them brand themselves the party of family values only to watch sex trafficking scandals and porn star hush money scandals and child porn scandals from the Right. We’ve sat idly by and listened to them brand themselves the party of states rights only to then watch them sign on to a Texas lawsuit to nullify the election results in four states because they didn’t like the outcome there. We’ve sat idly by and listened to them brand themselves the party of fiscal responsibility only to then watch as they added 7.8 trillion dollars to the deficit when Trump was in office. We’ve sat idly by and listened to them brand themselves the party of the Constitution only to watch them undermine the Constitution at every turn, culminating into quite literally trying to install the loser of a presidential election the winner by fiat. We’ve sat idly by and listened to them brand themselves the party of personal responsibility only to watch them whine about how Trump couldn’t possibly be held accountable for anything because, um, Hillary Clinton. There’s the GOP’s branding and then there is the GOP in reality. And if those two things were a Venn diagram, they would be two completely separate circles. So, remember, whenever Republicans grandstand about their purported values those are a front to compensate for the very obvious lack of values that they hold because when it comes to the GOP every accusation is projection and every denial is an admission.