Adam Kinzinger Takes Aim at Matt Gaetz After 'Age Well' Tweet

Republicans Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) have found themselves embroiled in a Twitter spat in which the Illinois representative commented that the Florida native should "stay away from 'aging well' tweets."

The social media spat happened on Tuesday night as the GOP geared up to remove Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her role as House Republican Conference Chair, the third-highest position in the party's leadership in the chamber.

With Cheney's position in doubt, Rep. Gaetz took a swipe at Rep. Kinzinger by retweeting his February comment that they did not have enough votes to remove her.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney has drawn the ire of former President Donald Trump loyalists as she was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach him following the deadly Capitol riot. She has also continuously denounced his unfounded claims that the 2020 presidential election was "stolen" from him.

Rep. Gaetz posted "Tweets that don't age well," accompanying his comment with an emoji of a hand pointing to the referenced tweet by Kinzinger.

But, Kinzinger quickly hit back and fired off a reply that read: "I'd stay away from 'aging well' tweets."

The Illinois congressman's tweet was liked more than 35,000 times and retweeted on around 4,200 occasions as of Wednesday morning.

In comparison, Gaetz's tweet was liked by 4,000 accounts and was retweeted more than 740 times.

I’d stay away from “aging well” tweets

— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) May 12, 2021

Kinzinger's comments appeared to allude to serious allegations that have been made against Gaetz.

The Florida representative is under investigation by the Department of Justice over allegations that he had a sexual relationship with an underage girl and also paid for her to travel with him.

According to a March report by The New York Times, the probe was launched by former Attorney General William P. Barr and focused on whether Gaetz had violated federal sex trafficking laws.

Under those laws, it is illegal to entice a person under 18 to travel across state lines to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money or another type of payment.

Trump loyalist Rep. Gaetz has denied the allegations made against him and has described himself as a "canceled man" and a "wanted man by the deep state."

Speaking to an America First rally in Florida last week, Gaetz said: "We have a right to confront our accusers in this country. How about that?

"There can be no due process here if the only process due to conservatives is to see leaks embroidered onto lies, then just endlessly repeated by the America last media."

Newsweek has contacted Rep. Gaetz for comment.

Matt Gaetz faces serious allegations
In this photo, ep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks during the "Save America Summit" at the Trump National Doral golf resort on April 9, 2021 in Doral, Florida. Gaetz addressed the summit hosted by Women for America First as the Justice Department is investigating the congressman for allegations of sex with a minor and child sex trafficking. Joe Raedle / Staff/Getty