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After months of non-stop haranguing from the tentacles of the political establishment with false and defamatory accusations, it has become clear that reports of Matt Gaetz’s political demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Veteran prosecutors have recommended that Gaetz face no charges over improprieties involving a 17-year-old girl. These nonpartisan, impartial experts determined that the accusers were not credible and were motivated by ideology, which is something that any honest observer could see from the jump.

Gaetz’s only “crime” was being a vocal opponent of globalism, which resulted in the political power structure targeting him for destruction. As Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, these entrenched forces have “six ways from Sunday” to ruin you. In the age of #metoo and weaponized female grievance, a promulgated sex scandal is their greatest weapon.

The Gaetz non-scandal began with the Deep State conflating the illicit behavior of a Gaetz acquaintance and connecting it to the Congressman without a shred of evidence. The media followed that with a nonstop propaganda campaign circulating the claims as if they were canon. Their intent was clear: to shame and disgrace Gaetz. They threw a bizarre and sinister extortion plot of his family into the mix for good measure.

All of these actions were intimately connected. They did not happen by coincidence or happenstance any more than the dozens of investigations which sprang up against President Donald J. Trump as soon as he began his 2016 presidential campaign and became a threat to the status quo. The regime exerted its full power to clear Gaetz out of Congress, and they failed miserably.

While Gaetz was, fortunately, able to navigate out of the trap set for him, other pro-MAGA elected officials and hopefuls have not been so lucky. This Deep State blueprint has worked like a charm in recent elections. Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was smeared mercilessly in spite of the facts, and Republican voters bought the lies during the U.S. Senate primary election. Trump’s pick for Nebraska governor, farmer Charles Herbster, was torpedoed after the state’s RINO elite led a vicious Kavanaughing of him. Congressman Madison Cawthorn was bombarded with attacks and flushed from office after exposing the perverted hypocrisy of the GOP elite.

Gaetz’s survival while getting hit harder than any of these recent casualties of war demonstrates a political aptitude that separates him from the rest. Not many political figures have the cojones to stand strong against the Regime, take their lumps, never lose their swagger, and emerge on the other end with a stronger leadership profile. Gaetz is one of those chosen few, and the battle scars have only hardened him in a way that is necessary for the tough road ahead.

Throughout the non-scandal, Gaetz never backed down from any of his most controversial opinions. He continued advocating for justice for Jan. 6 defendants who are undergoing Soviet-style treatment in Gulag-like Washington D.C. prisons. He never refrained in putting military officials on blast for putting far-Left “woke” objectives ahead of national security. Gaetz took the pushback as a sign that he was on the right path, and it only strengthened his resolve.

Other lawmakers would have buckled and perhaps toned down their efforts in the interim, hoping that doing so would cause the pressure to die down. Gaetz did the opposite. He started his “Firebrand” podcast and went on the offensive. He showed that he is completely inoculated against the regime’s pressure machine. Unlike many of his Republican comrades, Gaetz is unwilling to dance to the beat of the liberal media’s drums.

Gaetz has rejected the pervasive Washington D.C. mentality. Members of the political class have romanticized the system in which the news media was the vaunted Fifth Estate of a democracy that worked for the people. They demand the praise and worship of the enforcers of this system. Becoming a pariah within the confines of this regime is a fate worse than death. This is how compliance is so easily enforced. 

Politicians, who are natural egotists and narcissists, hire teams of consultants, public relations gurus, and attorneys to ensure that they are never on the wrong side of any media cycle. The thought of a journalist not returning their call strikes trepidation into the heart of the average politician. Faced with a fraction of the pressure that Gaetz was under, most would have resigned in a flash and hoped to grovel their way back into a lobbying job at some point after slinking out of the public eye.

Not Matt Gaetz. He is part of a new breed of lawmaker who thrives on iconoclastic rebellion. Gaetz is cut from the same cloth as President Donald J. Trump. His closest peer in terms of mentality in Congress is Marjorie Taylor Greene, and the two are in high demand among the populist base fueled by righteous indignation. Conservatives nationwide wonder why their lawmaker isn’t like Gaetz or Greene and why they must settle for something less. Fortunately, patriots around the country won’t have to settle for much longer as nascent America First forces gain experience, organizational ability, and the ability to project power nationwide.Last year, I penned an editorial arguing that if Gaetz could survive his faux-scandal, he “could become unstoppable and prove to be the heir to Trump that the MAGA movement desperately needs to prevent the GOP’s orchestrated backslide.” After taking the best hits that the establishment could throw at him, Gaetz is in the perfect spot to do just that. He is tried and true. The people now understand that Gaetz will never waver, even under the worst circumstances. This is the resume of an authentic America First champion who is destined to lead.

Gavin Wax

Gavin M. Wax is a New York-based conservative political activist, commentator, columnist, operative, and strategist. He is the Executive Director of the National Constitutional Law Union. He also serves as the 76th President of the New York Young Republican Club and as an Ambassador for both Turning Point USA & Live Action. He is co-authoring an upcoming book entitled 'The Emerging Populist Majority.' You can follow him on Twitter at @GavinWax.