Rep. Matt Gaetz took center stage in front of a semicircle of souped-up trucks wrapped in Trump-themed vinyl.
As the Florida Republican congressman and ardent ally of former President Donald Trump began to speak outside Largo’s Conservative Grounds coffee shop, he clung hard to the cues of the former president, whose image was plastered behind him.
“Mask mandates are stupid,” Gaetz started. “Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election,” he added to cheers.
On a “Florida Man Freedom Tour” stop, the 38-year-old representative contradicted the coronavirus guidance of leading medical experts and echoed disproven claims of election fraud.