Gaetz, a Republican who represents Florida’s 1st congressional district, shared the thought in what may have been a tongue-in-cheek tweet on Friday as Minaj is currently embroiled in controversy regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
The congressman shared an article from The Daily Beast that reported Minaj had shared the phone numbers via her Instagram account of two journalists who were pursuing Minaj’s claim that a friend of her cousin suffered swollen testicles after receiving the vaccine.
Gaetz simply tweeted: “Trump/Minaj 2024.”
The former president is well known for his criticism of the media and frequent clashes with reporters. He also remains the favored candidate among most Republicans for the party’s 2024 presidential nomination.
Minaj has been the focus of considerable media attention and criticism after she said she has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and cited a friend of her cousin in Trinidad whom she claimed became impotent after being vaccinated and suffered swollen testicles.
The story about Minaj’s cousin’s friend quickly became an international issue, with Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister Terrence Deyalsingh saying on Wednesday “there is absolutely no reported such side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad, or I dare say anywhere. None that we know of anywhere else in the world.
“We had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false,” Deyalsingh told a news conference. “Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim. As far as we know at this point in time, there has been no such reported either side effect or adverse event.”
However, those opposed to COVID-19 vaccinations have rallied around Minaj, including some conservative figures who jumped to her defense and protesters who gathered outside the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday.
On her Instagram stories on Friday, Minaj shared the phone numbers of two reporters, one from The Daily Mail and another from Trinidad’s The Guardian, which is owned by Guardian Media Limited. The company later issued a statement criticizing “intimidation of journalists” after a reporter from its CNC3 TV station was “subjected to a range of attacks via social media, including death threats.”
Minaj has also been in a war with the words with the White House after the Biden administration said Minaj had been invited for a phone call with experts rather than a visit. She disputed this, saying the White House had invited her to visit.
“Do y’all think that I would go on the Internet and lie about being invited to the … White House?” Minaj said on her Instagram stories.
Despite the controversy, Minaj has said she will probably get vaccinated for the purposes of going on tour.
“A lot of countries won’t let ppl work w/o the vaccine. I’d def recommend they get the vaccine. They have to feed their families. I’m sure I’ll b vaccinated as well cuz I have to go on tour, etc,” she said.