Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks to supporters at ‘America First’ rally in The Villages

THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is currently the subject of a federal investigation into sex trafficking, took the stage in The Villages on Friday to address hundreds of supporters packed into a ballroom.

The event is one of his first public appearances since the investigation was made public.

The Villages is where former President Donald Trump came from one of his final Florida rallies before the November election.

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On a stage 300 miles away from his district, Gaetz found himself in a friendly environment on Friday night.

“Thank you so much. I cannot tell you how much this means to me,” Gaetz said.

Gaetz, who has a longtime friendship with Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, now has the congressman the subject of a federal investigation.

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Friday night, he dismissed the allegations.

Joining Gaetz in The Villages was Marjorie Taylor Greene, a freshman congresswoman from Georgia.

“You are not gonna put us down for loving President Trump and what he did in the last four years,” Greene said.

Greene, who was stripped of her committee assignments for suggesting events like 9/11 and Parkland were staged, on Friday, opened her remarks by continuing the false narrative that the 2020 election was stolen.

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For those in attendance, the allegations against Gaetz and comments by Greene are irrelevant to this moment.

Gaetz and Greene said this first rally is part of a new America First political movement designed to defeat both Democrats and Republicans who break with the party.