Matt Gaetz.Yesterday, the anti-LGBTQ+ Florida lawmaker appeared on Newsmax to rail against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and the grand jury investigating the $130,000 in hush money Donald Trump allegedly (and illegally) paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 presidential campaign, which the ex-president is expected to be indicted for very, very soon.“I would be very surprised to see her in court. … It’s just not in her to stand by her man for something like that.”“54% of Americans have indicated that they believe Alvin Bragg’s witch hunt against President Trump is a political prosecution,” Gaetz tweeted yesterday evening, along with a clip from his appearance on the far-right propaganda cable TV network. “They’re correct!”54% of Americans have indicated that they believe Alvin Bragg's witch hunt against President Trump is a political prosecution.They're correct!
pic.twitter.com/JTvTmPviwPThe poll Gaetz is referring to is a Reuters/Ipsos poll that was released this week. It collected responses from 1,003 adults across the country, including 415 self-described Democrats and 383 self-described Republicans.
It did, indeed, find that 54% of respondents–including 80% of Republicans and 32% of Democrats–believe politics is a driving factor in the criminal case being weighed by the Manhattan grand jury.That said, the poll also found that 70% of respondents–and half of Republicans–believe Trump did what he’s being accused of: illegally paying Daniels for her silence about their affair ahead of the 2016 election.Oh, and it found that 62% of respondents–including a third of Republicans–believe that he illegally falsified business records and committed fraud.Gaetz conveniently left out those last two.