Twitter users mock Matt Gaetz’s first tweet after his pardon request was made public

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) became a victim of the “forgiveness blitz” Thursday on Twitter.

It happened after youThe House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol revealed that the lawmaker was one of at least five members of Congress who tried to obtain pardons from then-President Donald Trump for his role in helping Trump try annul the 2020 presidential election.

But Gaetz wanted his pardon to be much broader than his role in Trump’s voter fraud, according to Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide to chief of staff Mark Meadows.

She told the committee that Gaetz had been pushing for a pardon since early December, according to Business Insider.

Former White House senior adviser Eric Herschmann told the committee that the “general tone” of the clemency request revolved around the idea that “we could be prosecuted because we were defensive, you know, of the president’s positions on these things.

However, Herschmann noted that the pardon Gaetz was seeking may have been intended to also shield him from the sex trafficking investigation revolving around him.

“The pardon that he was discussing, asking for, was as broad as can be described, from … the beginning of time to today, for anything and everything,” Herschmann told the committee.

After the revelation, Gaetz posted on Twitter to accuse the committee of being “an unconstitutional political show” that is “rapidly losing the interest of the American people and now turning to federal law enforcement against political opponents.”

Many Twitter users responded with variations of the same joke.

Others pointed out that innocent people rarely apply for pardons.

One person had a pertinent question for the congressman.

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