Republican Florida Representative Matt Gaetz is facing backlash after tangling

with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin over alleged "wokeism" in the military.

Gaetz said that he was "embarrassed" by Austin's leadership while accusing the Department of Defense of promoting socialism,

critical race theory and "mandatory pronoun training" during a House Armed Services hearing on Tuesday.

The Florida Republican has taken aim at Austin in the past, saying he "might be the stupidest person"

to ever serve in a presidential Cabinet during a speech last year.

Tuesday's exchange was followed by a wave of reactions on social media,

including many from those slamming Gaetz for criticizing the military

or pointing out that he had never served. Some also accused Gaetz of being a "pedophile,"

apparently in reference to a federal sex trafficking investigation focused on allegations

Matt Gaetz Under Fire