Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Matt Gaetz (left), Tiffany Trump
On Wednesday, Tiffany, 27, shared a photo of herself on Twitter wearing a bright red pantsuit while standing in what appeared to be the hallway of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Gaetz, 38, responded approvingly, re-tweeting the photo with a string of emojis, including those for fire, a heart, a face with heart-shaped eyes, and a thumb's up.
Twitter users were quick to call Gaetz's response to the photo "creepy," "inappropriate," and "gross."
I’m curious what the calculus is to get a congressperson to this tweet. Of course it’s Matt Gaetz so..... https://t.co/jdbdXxyzA0
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) November 12, 2020
He wants Trump to be his father-in-law?
— David Wilson Brown (@davidwbrown) November 12, 2020
the emoji with heart eyes is weird. also the fire one. ok the heart one too.
— Elizabeth Vargas (@EVargasTV) November 12, 2020
Tiffany, for her part, didn't seem to mind, re-tweeting Gaetz's response with a series of her own emojis, including an American flag, a heart, and a smiley face.
The Florida Rep., who is unmarried, has made clear his appreciation for Tiffany's father on social media, as well, writing in October that he would "never love another President again" alongside a video of Donald Trump.
I will never love another President again! https://t.co/KntLywoHcf
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) October 6, 2020
Some have wondered about Gaetz's motives for the tweets, suggesting he's attempting to ingratiate himself to the president.
Gaetz has been a fierce ally of the president's since his 2016 election, once telling GQ of Trump, "He knows who I am, and he doesn't want to screw me."
Though the two have made several appearances together, Trump repeatedly botched Gaetz's name at a recent Florida rally, mistakenly calling him "Rick Gates," the name of a his former aide who was convicted after making false statements related to Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Though some have suggested Gaetz's tweet to Tiffany was an attempt at flirtation, it's worth noting that he has gone to extreme lengths to troll his political opponents in the past. Earlier this year, he wore a gas mask on the House floor while voting on a coronavirus relief bill, seemingly making light of a pandemic that would go on to kill more than 242,000 Americans in a disastrous attempt at humor. In 2018, he ignited controversy when he brought a Holocaust denier as his guest to the State of the Union address.