GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz: That Troll I Invited To SOTU Is Totally Not A Nazi And I Don’t Really Know Him Anyway

“I met Chuck just briefly before allowing him to snag a ticket that was at our office, but some of the claims against Mr. Johnson are not accurate. He’s not a holocaust denier, he’s not a white supremacist, those are unfortunate characterizations of him but I did not know he was as perhaps infamous and controversial as he was when he came by and got a free ticket.

“He is not guilty of the things that some people have charged him of as it relates to those claims. Look, he’s a controversial figure, there were plenty of controversial folks at the State of the Union, I don’t just cavort with people who hold my views, I think there are people on the right and on the left who you spend time with, learn more about, understand their viewpoint.” – GOP Rep Matt Gaetz, speaking today on Fox Business.

As I reported yesterday, Gaetz’s guest at the SOTU was infamous “Rage Furby” troll Chuck C. Johnson, whose crowdfunding site has raised money to defend Nazi leader Andrew Anglin and other far-right extremists. Johnson was banned from Twitter in 2015 after soliciting donations to “take out” Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    “I know Nothing, I see Nothing!” As said by another Nazi.

  • Jmdintpa

    My computer is hacked….. the pic of the congressman is nothing but a turd no matter what browser i use….. is this site hacked???

    • Christopher

      Naw, he really looks like that!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      See, that’s you – you see everything through shit-colored glasses. (Tough finding flattering frames, isn’t it?)

  • Gustav2

    Rep. Matt Gaetz: “Chuck C. Johnson is just a run of the mill Republican!”

    • JCF

      Could be right about that one…

  • JWC

    Yes Mr Gaetz Its a river in Egypt

  • Nic Peterson

    Snag a ticket? Snag? Really, dude?

    • Gustav2

      They hand them out to anyone who asks!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Again: overgrown fratboy. In for a nasty surprise.

    • greenmanTN

      He was the 4th caller on radio KKKK.

  • ETownCanuck

    “I met him just briefly, but I apparently know him well enough to know that he’s not a racist or Nazi or…yada yada yada…..”
    You can’t have it both ways, you either know him or you don’t.

  • AtticusP
  • Ninja0980
    O/T but PolitiFact was STUPID to even considering hiring Alan Grayson given his baggage.
    The idea they couldn’t see the blowback coming from this boggles my mind.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      The whole pretense that the truth lies halfway between D and R is fucked.

      It’s not surprising that an outfit which found this faux balance to be a legitimate check on their work was cowed by the RW Wurlitzer.

      • killreligion

        But that is not the pretense at all! It’s not an average or in the center. They seek the truth on each issue, not to show it’s always half way between.

        Partisans choose a side and this align to that side regardless of right or wrong. Moderates don’t choose a side and assess each issue on its merits. Moderates will end up being in complete agreement with partisans on both sides but at different times, on different issues Same with truth

        You could also come to this conclusion by realizing 1/2 right and 1/2 wrong is what your assumption creates which is ridiculous

        • Lumpy Gaga

          But that is not the pretense at all! It’s not an average or in the
          center. They seek the truth on each issue, not to show it’s always half
          way between.

          They though that 1D and 1R would solve whatever problem they thought they were having with credibility.

          It wasn’t my suggestion.

          • killreligion

            That I agree with, it won’t solve the problem

            But, I was replying to what you said before, that the pretense that truth is in the middle. Not the pretense, in sure they don’t think it’s in the middle, they probably think they would get credibility from being able to say they got two opinions on if something is true

        • The_Wretched

          Politifact has a right wing bias. It’s not a truth saving org. it’s one trying to keep republicans from losing the swing vote.

        • CottonBlimp

          Moderates don’t choose a side and assess each issue on its merits.


          Moderates don’t care about merits. Moderates are people who just passively absorb popular opinion and settle into a nebulous stance of whatever is easiest to hold. Moderates supported the Iraq war, torture camps in Gitmo, the Vietnam war, homophobia, segregation, and every other evil idea in history, because going whatever way the wind blows doesn’t imbue them with the moral superiority they want to believe.

          Read what MLK Jr said about white moderates and you’ll see one part of the immense disdain I have for the people who brought us to this point by consistently blaming the right wing’s evil on “both sides”.

          • killreligion

            Nope. Your describing dumbasses, lemmings, average Americans that don’t think. Maybe some are also moderates.

            But engaged, opinionated, analytical moderates are much more valuable than partisans who do exactly what you say but following their side only-passively absorbing (left or right wing) public opinion.

  • PickyPecker

    I think this Gaetz character is a weakness is this show overall. I though for sure he would have been axed after the first season.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      His Rose was upright and firm

  • Mike C

    He brought a stranger he doesn’t even know within 100 feet of the president. Smart.

    • Keiffer

      Yeah, just how many tickets does one Rep. have available to give out for a SOTU address? Wouldn’t one have to be semi-selective rather than just handing them out to random strangers that knock on your door?

      • Mike C

        Yeah but he’s a nutjob. Who else is going to knock on his door?

        • Lars Littlefield

          Jehovah Witlesses.

          • Steve

            Let’s not forget the white shirted fundies out west – the mo-mans…

          • Lars Littlefield

            How can I? I’m surrounded by them.

    • crewman

      Gaetz knew Chuck was a Nazi, so he was sure Trump would be safe.

    • jeffg166


      • Lars Littlefield

        It’s OK if you are racist? Sounds about right.

        • prixator

          Republican. Racist. Who can tell the difference anymore?

    • Andymac3

      It was a drunken pickup, Matt is rarely sober after 2pm.

    • Uncle Mark

      Gaetz “doesn’t really know the man,” but goes on to defend his character. How many drinks does it cost to be a guest of Gaetz? Perhaps if he’s going to whore himself out for free booze, he should stay out of those Nazi bars

    • tucsonhombre1

      Had to put you at fifty up votes. And I agree with you also.

  • Leo
  • Bluto
  • Lumpy Gaga

    Old fratboy’s gettin’ jowly.

    I think he’s in for a rude awakening when his “good looks” stop letting him get away with everything.

  • Ninja0980

    Sad to say but we’ll be seeing a lot more of this asshole in the future given the district he represents is the most conservative in Florida and ranked 15th in the nation.
    Only way he goes is if he gets another DUI or two or retires.


    GOP : ‘Hitler : Look, he’s a controversial figure …. you just need to understand his viewpoint..’

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Both sides!

    • JCF

      “Teach the controversy!”

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      The trains ran on time, so he wasn’t all bad. /snark

  • Treant


    Have you ever had an acquaintance say or do something awful and then, when you call them on it, say, “But I’ve always considered you a friend!” It happens a lot around here, actually.

    This is like that. Both are simply to make you think that disliking them is your fault.

    It’s not your fault. Like those people, Gaetz is evil. He knew exactly what he was doing, but now wants you to question yourself. Don’t.

  • netxtown

    Sounds like a CraigsList pickup….a brief exchange of anonymous email…and of course, a pic.

  • LeeCMH
  • ohbear1957
    • Lumpy Gaga

      There was no Internet in 2008. PERIOD.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Careful, Steve King will be mad if you take over the Biggest POS NAZI in Congress title.

  • Harveyrabbit
    • David Walker

      From “Sordid Lives: The Series”:
      Not sure what the “Uncut” refers to, but I sometimes do like things open to interpretation.

      • greenmanTN

        She actually looks and sounds like Dolly there.

        • narutomania

          She is shorly channellin’ our dear Dolly.

    • narutomania

      I cannot help but notice that he was arrested / arraigned on Halloween. I wonder if the arrest had anything to do with Halloween shenanigans?

  • bkmn

    Bull and shit

  • Ninja0980
    • Treant

      I can want to remove both. 🙂

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Gotta crawl before you can walk.

      e.g., Trump’s going down one family member/associate at a time.

      Only way it’s gonna happen with the Hill as it is now.

      Baby steps.

    • Paula

      No, Pe. There is something wrong in the translation. Remove has been substituted for the American idiom ‘take out.’

    • D. J.

      Nunes is Ryan’s “attack dog”.

    • The_Wretched

      Send Jodi Earnst to remove Trump’s nuneses.

  • Rex

    How do these dumbasses get elected…oh, wait…Florida.

    • CJAS

      His district is 78% white, if that wasn’t obvious.

    • Hank

      NORTHERN Florida, if you please!!! The SE of the State, has the largest population by counties AND tend to votes Democratic.

      • Tulle Christensen

        Panhandle Florida, PLEASE:

        • Lars Littlefield

          I used to like visiting Gulf Breeze . . . until the UFOs quit showing up.

      • killreligion

        Oh please we’ve all been there. It’s still Florida, just a little better by comparison to the north

        • Tulle Christensen

          have you ever been to Santa Rosa county? If not then you really have no idea

          • killreligion

            I don’t know. I’ve been all over for business and family stuff. Happy to be enlightened but so far absent some beautiful scenery (a friend has a beautiful spot on a barrier island south of Sarasota-a strip of land literally only a few hundred feet across-it is gorgeous and very isolated), I have yet to see anything not incredibly coarse.

      • kiprian

        Florida and Alabama flipped for it. Florida lost. That’s why it’s part of Florida. (I used to live out past Warrington.)

  • Rex

    Some people look ridiculous walking backward.

  • another_steve

    I don’t like his mouth (see Joe’s pic above).

    What’s with his mouth?

    • Lindoro Almaviva

      it opens

    • PickyPecker

      In some circles it would be known as a cruel gash across the bottom of his face.

      • another_steve

        Lol. Yes, I see that.

        Kinda vampirish, if ya ask me.

        • Tread


    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      It’s missing a penis

      • another_steve

        Oh please, RL.

        That image of yours just turned me straight.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    id he doesn’t know his, how is it that he is so sure the guy is not guilty of the things he is being accused? why going to bat for his character?

  • Barry William Teske

    Oh look!
    Somebody knows more than they are saying.
    They are in the dots…

  • Henry Auvil

    This Gaetz douchenozzle needs to resign, head back to the redneck riviera from whence he came, and get a job selling used cars. That’s his true calling.

    • Treant

      Hey! Not all car salesmen are bad people. I’d do things to Ed Burrow, for example, that would make gay porn producers blush.

    • Galvestonian

      No — a parking lot attendant is more his style.

      • Christopher

        Those are come hither bathroom attendant eyes.

        And I’m not tipping him!

  • Lars Littlefield

    The real tragedy is that Florida citizens actually voted for this asswipe and put him in office. I would expect such shitholery from the citizens of Utah, but Florida? What the fuck do the put in the water down there?

    • Tulle Christensen

      Yea but that part of Florida is just really South Alabama

      • Lars Littlefield

        Then what’s Rubio’s excuse.

        • Tulle Christensen

          Ate too much foam at the foam parties. hard to keep it out of your mouth when you are kneeling

      • FL is like OH. red xtian stupid insane in the vast physical majority of the state. scariest moment of my life as a Blah person: getting gas in North FL on the way to West Palm. i really thought the Klan was gonna come bursting out of that station and lynch me and my white boyfriend at the time. i was all like “drive away Daddy! Drive away!” in the voice of the kid at the end of the original ‘Poltergeist.’

        it’s about math. millions more people live in cities than do in the rural areas of this country. our fucked up voting system gives 600,000 people in North Dakota as much power in our choice of govt as 8,000,000 people in Los Angeles. this has to change. the fact that so many people in rural areas are old, whyte, xtian and only mildly educated just makes it worse.

        CA is showing us the way, as usual. districts drawn according to science, by balanced, unpaid citizen volunteers: this is the only way to go, and will be the only way we can fix all this, short of a Revolution that almost no one really wants.

        • Tulle Christensen

          I currently live in North Florida, and my Rep is a Dem. There are a few seas of blue in the North,

    • lileasy

      His district is for all intents and purposes East Alabama. It will be a long time before the panhandle of Florida comes around to our way of thinking.

    • BobSF_94117


  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Why is talking about this on Fox Business? Maybe I don’t know what Fox Business is.

  • Stogiebear

    Ever wondered how to recognize the cold, dead, calculated gaze of a liar? Behold:

    • Tread

      That’s the cold, dead gaze of a sociopath.

    • Lars Littlefield

      A little mascara and some blue eye shadow and you’ve got yourself a scamgelical christian pastor.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Not sure too many calculations are going on in that brain.
      Too many squirrels running around.

      • Stogiebear

        Well, English isn’t my first language but I knew for certain that “studied” wasn’t the correct word…

  • Tulle Christensen

    I only had dinner at his house, I know he is not what they say he is, plus I barely know Jeffery Dahmer

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Now be fair — how was he supposed to know that rentboy’s real name?

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    That explanation seems a little labored to be anything other than BS.

  • Leo
    • Tread

      We’ve been in a Constitutional Crisis since January 20, 2017, Shep.

      • shep isn’t the brightest bulb in the shoe closet.

        • David Walker

          Think of his as Shemp, one of the latter day 3 Stooges.


            I thought they were morons not Mormons….oh, never mind, same diff….

        • Judas Peckerwood

          True, but he’s the King of Mensa compared to his Fox colleagues.

    • another_steve

      Please, Shep girl. We’re already there.

      There’s a coup in progress designed to undermine American democracy, and it’s being led and coordinated out of the White House.

    • The_Wretched

      Why does the political right want to frame with “constitutional crisis?”

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        You noticed that too?

        • The_Wretched

          It’s frankly concerning. The authoritarians don’t have the sane solutions to constitutional issues.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    “Central casting? Send me a douchebag frat boy. You know the type.”

  • GayOldLady

    When an individual raises money to defend a Nazi, he’s a Nazi.

  • andrew

    “I don’t really know him (troll) anyway” but he is “totally not a Nazi.” Right.

  • Boreal
  • Henry Auvil

    That statement has as much credibility as trump saying, “I didn’t know Melania was a foreign model/escort on a tourist visa when I fucked her and offered her the esteemed position of being Donald J. Trump’s third wife and residency in the world’s tackiest penthouse.”

  • Hank

    Easy to find out who he is, just google.
    Charles C. Johnson

  • that face looks like it was made to suck a cock in a closet, just sayin.

  • CB

    These people are such cataclysmically bad liars. And they have worse advisors. Let the story die on its own instead of shocking it back to life with such a feeble comment.

  • Leo
    • Tread

      Was Kelly wearing his white hood when he said this?

    • The_Wretched

      Kelly’s projecting what he wants to have happen.

  • Matt

    I don’t know him, but I broke in my new knee pads with him…

  • Michael R
  • Sam_Handwich
  • ChiTownGuy

    This guy is a fucking liar. Let’s leave it at that.

  • kaydenpat

    Sure Jan.

  • The_Wretched

    The SOTU is a ‘cavort’?

  • JCF
  • barrykyle415

    How does one claim not to know someone then go on to exclaim that that person he doesn’t know isn’t one thing or another?

  • Leo
  • Friday’s_cat

    In other news Rep Matt Gaetz redecorated his office in red bunting emblazoned with black Swastikas in a white circle. The decor is highlighted by Tiki torches but was ruined when they set off the sprinkler system.
    Gaetz was heard to ask, “Gosh, is it raining outside?”

  • Leo
    • David Walker

      More than 34 years’ service? Damned short-timers. What next? No. Sorry. Didn’t mean that. When that question is asked, something worse and more costly to our nation happens. Thank you, Tom Shannon. for your years of service to what was a great nation.

    • Hank

      It is well worth reading the article to see WHO the State Department is losing!

      • David Walker

        Oh, you know…just another person who knew what he was doing.

    • Cackalaquiano

      This loss of career knowledge is very very bad for the US. AND to imagine the type of people this administration will replace them with …

  • GayOldLady
    • coram nobis

      Probably got some rear end damage from Daddy, if it wound up reflecting on Daddy’s insurance.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    …and the following up comment from the reporter? …tell us again how Hillary made you give the Nazi access to the President.

  • dcurlee

    I don’t know him so I know the things said about him aren’t true. Seriously do you not realize how stupid you sound

    • Gianni

      I read that too and wondered if that’s supposed to make sense. ….”I don’t
      really know him anyway.” However, you know that all the things said about him aren’t true? A bit dense I’d say.

  • DutchGuy

    “there were plenty of controversial folks at the State of the Union”
    So true that, up to and including the dotard who delivered it…

  • coram nobis

    “Hey I didn’t know he was a Nazi. I thought those folks wore uniforms and stuff, I can’t keep up with their fascis — fashions.”

  • David Walker

    It’s so disappointing when a ginger bear goes wrong.

  • WTHella

    Matt Gaetz is such a liar.
    From the Daily Beast.
    “Johnson offered a different explanation of how the evening came together. Initially, he said he and Gaetz were introduced by another member of Congress, whom he declined to name. In a separate conversation with The Daily Beast, however, Johnson said that he was invited by several members of Congress but “took Gaetz’s invitation” as “he’s into stuff on the issues that I care about.”

    “Johnson also said that he ran into Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) during the State of the Union address and that he was a big fan of the California Republican. Johnson helped arrange a meeting between Rohrabacher and Julian Assange in addition to donating to the congressman’s campaign.

    “It was a wild time. I certainly did a bunch of jumping out of my chair,” Johnson said of the State of the Union speech itself. “Trump was straight up gangster.”

    “Johnson’s writings have also directly informed White House personnel decisions after articles published at GotNews found their way to the president’s desk.”

  • Jerry Hinnant

    He sure knows a lot about someone he only met briefly and barely knew.

  • RaygunsGoZap

    I didn’t know him!
    I still don’t know him.
    But let me tell you how you’re wrong on what you do know about him

  • Jefe5084

    He’s morphed into Hannity.

  • FAEN


  • Texndoc

    So just any Charlie Manson off the street can come by the office and “snag” a “free” ticket to an event every politician in Washington DC will be at? His explanation is preposterous.

  • OdieDenCO

    I have no need to understand white supremacists view point. they need to understand white is not the only color in the human rainbow or get the fuck out of America!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    If the Olympics had Backpedaling and Obfuscation as events, this fucker would win gold every time.

    • Gianni

      All the Republicants in Congress would be in the running for that medal.

  • Philly Mike

    Amnesia seems to be a serious mental health issue among republicans.

  • -M-

    Gaetz claims he barely met him and didn’t know how controversial he was, but he’s sure Chuck isn’t a Nazi or white supremacist.

    That’s not how things work.

  • UrsusArctos 🐻
    • Gianni

      It always worked for Schultz.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Fine people on both sides, good people, ya know? / s

  • Gretchen

    I wasn’t aware tickets to the SOTU were available for “snagging” at your representative’s office. Had I known I would have attended every year to hear President Obama, but then again I imagine there is far less demand for tickets to see the Dotard.

  • KnownDonorDad

    He’s not a holocaust denier, he’s not a white supremacist,

    Somehow, I get the impression that that’s exactly what he is.

  • Robincho

    Might this lead to what we will one day refer to as Gaetzgate?…

  • twb6yz

    Okay I used to work for two different Members of Congress. Granted it was 30 years ago but at that time most members got one, MAYBE two tickets to the State of the Union. You didn’t just hand those things out to a stranger, especially in a post 911 world.

    If he didn’t know anything about this guy then his staff is not doing a good job of vetting the people who get access to him.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    Straight out of the trumpista playbook:

    Day 1. Let the site nationalist nazis know you’re on their side.

    Day 2: Issue a mealy-mouthed non-explanation non-apology. Deliver it with a big theatrical wink to the nazis.

  • tucsonhombre1

    Mr. Gaetz is a bona fide liar. That is all one can say about this person. He is just a liar.

  • red-diaper-baby 1942

    “I think there are people on the right and on the left who you spend time with, learn more about, understand their viewpoint.”
    I think we’ve heard this before: “there are good people on both sides,” right?
    When has he ever listened to anyone on the left? Or even a smidgen to the left of the far right?