Donald Trump’s Republican Party is full of soulless, power-hungry ghouls who’ll do anything to acquire power and get their presidential daddy to notice them. And none of Trump’s tiny sycophants are worse than Florida representative Matt Gaetz.
Yesterday, Gaetz led a group of two dozen House Republicans into Congress’ Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), where the Pentagon’s top Ukraine official was giving testimony in the ongoing impeachment inquiry. It was a brash (and very likely illegal) stunt designed to turn impeachment into a true political circus and get Donald Trump’s attention. Gaetz, like the megadork he is, compared charging into the SCIF to the movie 300.
But the SCIF stunt is far from Gaetz’s first time caping for Trump or foraying into political idiocy. Here’s a brief list of the other shitty things he’s done during his first term.
Used a Conspiracy Subreddit For a Legal Resolution
Back in 2017, Gaetz introduced an amendment to the House Judiciary Committee calling for investigations into Hillary Clinton and James Comey. According to political reporter Ashley Feinberg, nearly two-thirds of the amendment’s contents were sourced from the subreddit r/The_Donald, “a subreddit notorious for playing host to unfounded conspiracy theories and anti-Islam tendencies.”
Invited a Holocaust Denier to the State of the Union
Charles C. Johnson was apparently invited by several representatives but accepted Gaetz’s invite because “[Gaetz] is into the stuff on issues I care about.” Gaetz denied Johnson’s white supremacist views, even when presented with evidence that Johnson raised money for the legal defense of neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.
Threatened Michael Cohen Before His Testimony
The night before Michael Cohen’s bombshell testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Gaetz tweeted at Cohen saying he knew about the lawyer’s alleged extramarital affairs. Gaetz provided no evidence, leading to accusations of attempting to intimidate Cohen.
Doesn’t Know Where the Term ‘Kangaroo Court’ Comes From
Did anyone expect a congressman to utter the phrase “malicious Captain Kangaroo”?
Matt Gaetz thinks that the term "kangaroo court" comes from the TV show Captain Kangaroo pic.twitter.com/4x6PsiLCDy
— The Hardy Report (@EdwardTHardy) October 8, 2019