Trump Loyalists Take On Britney Spears Conservatorship Battle As Part Of GOP Culture Wars

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 09: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) (L) confers with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) during a break in testimony by Democratic and Republican counsels during an impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary ... WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 09: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) (L) confers with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) during a break in testimony by Democratic and Republican counsels during an impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. The hearing is being held for the Judiciary Committee to formally receive evidence in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, whom Democrats say held back military aid for Ukraine while demanding they investigate his political rivals. The White House declared it would not participate in the hearing. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images) MORE LESS

After their efforts to overturn the 2020 election in support of former President Trump failed, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) are now pivoting to a new battle in the culture wars, getting in on the fight over the legal guardianship of pop icon Britney Spears.

In a letter sent to House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) on Monday, Jordan and Gaetz called for a hearing on conservatorships, referencing the pop superstar’s involuntary conservatorship enacted 13 year ago. Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, was granted the authority by courts to manage the celebrity’s daily and financial affairs ever since then.

“Given the constitutional freedom at stake and opaqueness of these arrangements, it is incumbent upon our Committee to convene a hearing to examine whether Americans are trapped unjustly in conservatorships,” Gaetz and Jordan wrote.

The legal battle over Spears’ conservatorship, which initially began as a temporary order when the Grammy-winning singer was hospitalized for mental health issues in 2008, recently rose to prominence upon the New York Times release of a documentary examining Spears’ tumultuous court battle for the control of her estate. The documentary followed Spears’ fan-led movement known as “Free Britney.”

In arguing their concerns over “the use of conservatorships to effectively deprive individuals of personal freedoms at the behest of others” through courts, Gaetz and Jordan wrote that Spears’ conservatorship troubles speak to issues surrounding guardianship for older people and those with disabilities, which the ACLU has spoken out against.

On Tuesday, Gaetz took to Fox News to say that he believes Spears would be a “great witness” at the hearing that he and Jordan are calling for.

Gaetz and Jordan’s letter comes amid Democrats accusing House Republicans of trying to get more airtime as a way to home in on their status as Trump loyalists, especially in the aftermath of the deadly Capitol insurrection earlier this year that the former president incited. Gaetz and Jordan both voted to reject the Electoral College victory of President Joe Biden even after the deadly violence on the Hill.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest News
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: