Rep. Matt Gaetz is one of the last Republicans left actually fighting for the people he represents. In a post-riot debate challenging the election results, Gaetz continued his objection with facts and logic.
Defending President Trump and condemning the election, Representative Gaetz stood up for the integrity of the election in a fiery rant about Democrats‘ rhetoric and the lack of formal investigations into systematic fraud and irregularities in key battleground states.
“This morning, President Trump explicitly called for demonstrations and protests to be peaceful. He was far more — you can moan and groan — but he was far more explicit about his calls for peace than some of the BLM and left-wing rioters were this summer when we saw violence sweep across this nation,” the Republican congressman said.
“Now we came here today to debate, to follow regular order to, to offer an objection, to follow a process that is expressly contemplated in our Constitution. And for doing that, we’ve been called a bunch of seditious traitors. … And when those things are said, people get angry,” Gaetz added.
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The Republican congressman also defended President Trump, saying that he was not responsible for the violence perpetrated on the Capitol. “He was far more explicit about his calls for peace than some of the BLM and left-wing rioters were this summer, when we saw violence sweep across this nation,” Gaetz said.
He then went into a discussion about objections to the Electoral College vote, and how they are a typical occurrence in the United States. Gaetz discussed the hypocrisy in the Democrats’ insistence that any objection is a violation of norms.
“Now we came here today to debate, to follow regular order, to offer an objection, to follow a process that is expressly contemplated in our Constitution, and for doing that, we got called a bunch of seditious traitors. Now, not since 1985 has a Republican president been sworn in absent some Democrat effort to object to the electors, but when we do it, it is the new violation of all norms, and when those things are said, people get angry,” he said.
Rep. Gaetz also discussed a theory that has been circulating around conservative Twitter since the riot began on January 6.
“I don’t know if the reports are true, but the Washington Times has just reported some pretty compelling evidence from a facial-recognition company showing that some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters. They were masquerading as Trump supporters. And in fact, they were members of the violent terrorist group, ANTIFA,” he said.
Gaetz also made an important point about a proposed Democrat policy that they clearly don’t actually believe in, unless it is convenient for them: defunding the police.
“We should come to build America up. Not tear her down and destroy her, and I sure am glad that at least for one day, I didn’t hear my Democrat colleagues calling to defund the police,” Rep. Gaetz said.
This statement brought laughter and cheers from the Republican side of Congress, as many GOP congressmen stood up and clapped.
Rep. Gaetz didn’t hold back in his discussion of the fraud in the elections, and what he believes the consequences for it should be.
“There were some on the left who say we should not even be seated in the body, that we oughta be prosecuted, maybe even jailed. Those arguments anger people, but people do understand the concepts of basic fairness. And no competition, contest, or election can be deemed fair if the participants are subject to different rules. Baseball teams that cheat and steal signs should be stripped of their championships. Russian Olympians who cheat and use steroids should be stripped of their medals. And states that do not run clean elections should be stripped of their electors,” Gaetz said. “This fraud was systemic. It was repeated. It was the same system, and I dare say it was effective.”
He also tore into the Democrats for changing the rules of the election because they knew they could not win in a fair fight.
“In 2016, Democrats found out that they couldn’t beat Donald Trump at the ballot box with voters who actually show up, so they turned to impeachment and the witness box. And when that failed, they ran to the mailbox, where this election saw an unprecedented amount of votes that could not be authenticated with true ID, with true signature match, and with true confidence for the American people. Our Article III courts have failed by not holding evidentiary hearings to weigh the evidence. We should not join in that failure. We should vindicate the rights of states, we should vindicate the subpoenas in Arizona that have been issued to get ahold of these voting machines, and we should reject these electors,” he concluded.
When a decent amount of Republicans used the protest at the Capitol as a way to get out of their obligation to stand up for their constituents and the integrity of elections, and rescinded their objections, Representative Matt Gaetz did not waver. While RINOs joined with Democrats in waving Joe Biden into the presidency without care or concern for the Americans who are frustrated and angry with the lack of transparency and investigation of the incongruities in the election results, Rep. Gaetz continued his fight for the American people. This fight may be over, but in the next four years, we will need people like Matt Gaetz on the front lines of the next fight.