Sen. Scott Slams Gaetz: ‘I Think It’s Disgusting And I’m Glad He Apologized’

DORAL, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 01: Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) speaks before Vice President Mike Pence takes to the podium at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center after meeting with Venezuelan exiles and community leaders on Fe... DORAL, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 01: Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) speaks before Vice President Mike Pence takes to the podium at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center after meeting with Venezuelan exiles and community leaders on February 01, 2019 in Doral, Florida. Sen. Scott and Vice President Pence met with families, political prisoners and former elected officials who were forced to flee their country due to political persecution. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Tension broke out in the Sunshine State this week, as Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) pulled no punches in condemning the tweet written by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) threatening Michael Cohen with unsubstantiated allegations about extramarital affairs.

“We shouldn’t be doing that stuff up here, you might not like what somebody is going to say but you shouldn’t be trying to intimidate them or their family, it’s wrong,” Scott said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “I think it’s disgusting and I’m glad he apologized.”

Gaetz has apologized for the now-deleted tweet and the Florida Bar has opened an investigation into the possible witness intimidation.

Reports also surfaced that Gaetz had a phone call with President Donald Trump about the tweet, during which he told the President he was happy to take the heat as long as Trump keeps “killing it.” Gaetz denies the story.

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:
Newswriter:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: