The Even Weirder Backstory Behind Bizarre Gaetz Sex Trafficking Investigation Story | Rachel Maddow

The Even Weirder Backstory Behind Bizarre Gaetz Sex Trafficking Investigation Story | Rachel Maddow 1


Rachel Maddow revisits local reporting, including by the Orlando Sentinel, of the peculiar reign of Joel Greenberg as Seminole County, Florida tax collector, and the federal investigation into Greenberg that, according to the New York Times, led to a DOJ investigation of close Donald Trump ally Rep. Matt Gaetz for sex trafficking. Aired on 03/31/2021.
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The Even Weirder Backstory Behind Bizarre Gaetz Sex Trafficking Investigation Story | Rachel Maddow

76 Comments on "The Even Weirder Backstory Behind Bizarre Gaetz Sex Trafficking Investigation Story | Rachel Maddow"

  1. My Pillow Guy | March 31, 2021 at 3:15 AM | Reply

    Who woulda thunk the guy who turns up to work wearing two-tone shoes and a gasmask would turn out to be a giant pervert?!

  2. Sounds like EXACTLY the kind of degenerate Florida would find electable.

    • Aim Williamson | March 31, 2021 at 7:19 PM | Reply

      Exactly! I am here and I thank all the people who voted these criminals in. From DeSantis to the tax collector

    • Ron DeSantis, Matt Gaetz, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott…

    • Heather Kingston | March 31, 2021 at 8:06 PM | Reply

      @Daniel Palma I feel you friend. I’m in Texas, an Independent voter, and I backed Biden but the deplorables over here give ALL of us a bad name. 🙄

    • David Renwick | March 31, 2021 at 8:31 PM | Reply

      “Delectable” even.

    • @Daniel Palma I have family and friends all over FL. There are great places, that for sure! I surf, Love the coast! But it’s more the people. Sorry to say that, but I’ve lived all over the country, North, South, East and West!

  3. Ah the party of family values.

  4. Civil Villain | March 31, 2021 at 3:42 AM | Reply

    Gaetz is going around saying *”17 year old woman”* in his defense… His daddy’s gonna have a tough time fixing this one.

    • Thɑт Spοk | March 31, 2021 at 9:44 PM | Reply

      @Forrest Rous Goodness, to oversimplify things…
      We see the LEFT using every Νаᴢі, ƒɑѕсіѕт technique in the book. They are the ones using Goebbels-type propaganda in order to manipulate the election. Propaganda which you seem all too keen to use yourself.

      It should be harder to vote illegally.

      Gerrymandering, the old friend of the Democrat Party, wouldn’t have a thing to do with the Republicans. Why would it suddenly switch sides?

    • Forrest Rous | March 31, 2021 at 9:53 PM | Reply

      @Thɑт Spοk How is it oversimplifying to relate the facts and events exactly as they happened? Trump told his supporters to march on the Capitol. He told lies about election fraud and got his supporters incensed to attack the institutions of democracy, very Hitleresque. What am I missing here, or what do you claim I’m missing here? You seem to be lacking confidence and coherence in your response

    • Thɑт Spοk | March 31, 2021 at 9:56 PM | Reply

      @Forrest Rous Again with the Goebbel’s propaganda? Doesn’t that defeat your entire stance?

    • @Thɑт Spοk I don’t know, do you think that strawnman isn’t a dead giveaway that you don’t know what you’re talking about? Thanks for playing and making my point

    • Shidddd…. yean neva lied.

  5. Jolene Carley | March 31, 2021 at 9:51 AM | Reply

    I love that Rachel apologizes that this story exists! LOL I love this woman.

  6. Corrupt republicans don’t waste any time when they get big bucks under their control.

    • Brian brush much? Dare we mention the Clintons? Pervs and criminals come from the left and the right. Make no mistake.

    • Derick Shull | March 31, 2021 at 7:05 PM | Reply

      I agree. What’s sad is the Republican saps that can’t tell the difference between reality and the Fox news Alex Jones reality tv show.

    • Spend our money but make us wait for help
      Vote them all out

  7. Saturdays Are For The Boys vibes but in an Orlando suburbs Tax Collector’s office. This is ripe with material for a satirical adult animated series.

  8. We can always count on Florida to keep up our daily supply of CRAZY.

  9. Don’t forget that Matt Gaetz also committed Witness Intimidation against Michael Cohen on national television. Maybe we should also have him indicted for that, too.

    • i dont remember her talking about clinton..oh wait..hes a dem and can do no wrong..btw, this is not the first story she has gotten wrong…remember the whole russia hoax she swore was true? remember smollet she swore was true..many more

    • @deb Who are you even talking about?

    • Everythingsleeps | March 31, 2021 at 7:54 PM | Reply

      Him and matt gaetz are wonder why gaetz voted against the human trafficking bill. That should had sparked investigation alone.

    • GiveThemHorns | March 31, 2021 at 7:55 PM | Reply

      @deb, believe it or not, 9 out of 10 physicians recommend not drinking the Kool-Aid. Unfortunately the 10th recently succumbed to injuries sustained by a spontaneously combusting wall.

    • @deb which Clinton are you talking about? I’m sure if there was a story about Clinton she would be on it. And Trump was found to have colluded with Russia.

  10. I love how you put together a story, and present it in a way that anyone could understand. This one though…WOW!

  11. Thor2021 Ishere | March 31, 2021 at 11:29 AM | Reply

    WOW – I love this deeper dive into this news… How did no one note what he was doing? How do you charge way over a million bucks out of a small office like that?
    And Gaetz, the grown up Butthead is unsurprisingly involved…
    I need to take a shower now…

  12. “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
    “A cartoon villain”

  13. Rob Chehowski | March 31, 2021 at 1:16 PM | Reply

    Hollywood producers would laugh someone out of the building if they tried to pitch a story like this, lol.

  14. Melissa Douglas | March 31, 2021 at 1:33 PM | Reply

    I think we are all pretty aware of all the things that can go wrong if we elect the wrong person!😂😢😳

    • Andy Hernandez | March 31, 2021 at 10:18 PM | Reply

      Melissa I wish that were true, but you’re dealing with Republican voters who live in a Bizzaro world where everything is the opposite.

    • And people will overlook a qualified woman/POC to promote guys like this and defend it….

  15. Gosh, if you wrote a fiction story with a character like this it would seem unbelievable. How could he not expect to get caught?!

    • alison moore | March 31, 2021 at 5:16 PM | Reply

      They can’t keep their zippers closed because power is an overwhelming aphrodisiac.

    • He went to the Trump school of politics, where all of that is taught as completely normal behavior.

    • Joshua Sweetvale | March 31, 2021 at 8:04 PM | Reply

      It’s Trump’s America.
      I can see why he’d believe the overwhelming majority of people were sedentary cattle.

    • Q anon‘s narrative. Duh. That’s why they were saying trumps investigating a cabal of pedophiles so when it came out that he was standing next to the pedophiles and endorsing the pedophiles he will look like the valiant hero? That’s why that was a huge part of the narrative spin. Im just grossed out,

    • @Andrew logsdon Luckily, Florida will be under water in a few more years.

  16. Douglas DeBisschop | March 31, 2021 at 1:58 PM | Reply

    This is just so on-brand for the GOP. It’s not even shocking that they did it but what IS shocking is how many people were involved/knew about it.

  17. Tax Collector: We don’t need no stinking badges, we’ve got drones, body armor and a bunch of guns!!!!!!

  18. Colin Musschoot | March 31, 2021 at 2:10 PM | Reply

    Funny when he refers to her as “a 17 year old woman” in his Tucker Carlson interview from yesterday. Funny weird, not funny haha.

  19. Eberhardt Press | March 31, 2021 at 2:24 PM | Reply

    Someone needs to audit that tax office’s electric bill. He was obviously running a cryptocurrency farm and letting the office pay the Bill. To the extent that he caught the place on fire. Duh.

  20. It’s the “hiring all his groomsmen” for me. The level of grift is astounding.

    • Westy Poprocks | March 31, 2021 at 6:30 PM | Reply

      What about starting a Bitcoin mining company out of the office?

    • Same.

    • JEANNETTE HOPE | March 31, 2021 at 8:36 PM | Reply

      It is what happens when you have a system where people get elected to administrative jobs rather than get appointed on the basis of experience and competence. The positions become politicised and gamed by the political parties. They then become attractive to crooks and con-men. The only positive thing about this story is that it took only 4 years to investigate and arrest the guy. Imagine if he had been a little more careful, he could have been there for decades! (Corruption of course occurs with appointed positions too, but there are more checks and balances; appointments are not a political popularity contest.)

    • Westy Poprocks | March 31, 2021 at 9:20 PM | Reply

      @JEANNETTE HOPE well said Jeanette

    • @Westy Poprocks Wonder if he paid/pays taxes on it?

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