Joe Henderson: Matt Gaetz goes off the rails in U.S. Capitol circus stunt
The Robert Mueller report hearing goes off the rails as Matt Gaetz denounces it as a 'farce.'

Matt Gaetz can be theatrical, hyperbolic, and sometimes more than a little loony - just like President Donald Trump, the man he adores.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida’s first congressional district is theatrical, hyperbolic, and at times more than a little loony. In other words, Gaetz is a mirror image of the man he adores, President Donald Trump.

But even by Gaetz’s headline-grabbing standards, the circus stunt he led Wednesday was off the rails. Gaetz was at the forefront of a Republican unauthorized intrusion into a deposition in the impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Call it the charge of the blight brigade.

Or the not-too-bright brigade.

He helped lead about two dozen or so like-minded wingnuts into the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol. Many had cell phones, which is a major no-no in that secure location.

They also munched on pizza during the occupation.

“They basically ran over a member of the staff” to get in the room, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said on Politico.

“They just came into the room and started shouting about the president. Literally, some of them were just screaming … saying that the process is wrong.”

The process is following House guidelines.

Republicans like Matt Gaetz are screaming about a lack of transparency during the inquiry. But a reported 45 Republicans have had access to depositions taken so far because they sit on committees charged with the investigation. Lawyers for Democrats and Republicans get equal time for questions during the depositions.

Democrats are leaking damaging information that comes up during these sessions, it’s true. That aggravates people like Gaetz, who can only sputter and say it’s all a bunch of crap.

It centers around a charge that Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless its president publicly investigated Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. If true, that could constitute abuse of presidential power and lead to Trump’s impeachment.

Did I say “if true”?

Acting Chief of Staff Mike Mulvaney essentially confirmed the basics of that charge.

“We do that all the time with foreign policy,” he said.

When he was told that sounded like a quid pro quo, he said: “I have news for everybody: Get over it. There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy.”

That brings us back to Gaetz.

He gets positively jacked when defending Trump. Remember when he sent a tweet to Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, that sounded like a threat. Cohen had turned on Trump by that point. He also received three years in prison for various dirty deeds he did while working for the President.

“Hey @MichaelCohen212 — Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot,” Gaetz tweeted.

He faced an ethics probe over that and later apologized.

During an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, Gaetz took it up a notch.

“The radical left and their allies in the fake news media have been uncontent to just disagree with him, and so they have been trying to delegitimize his election,” he said.

“They’re going to rush to an impeachment, and the American people will see it as the politically illegitimate exercise that it is.”

So, in Matt Gaetz’s world, I guess that’s how you fight back. He’s not content to just disagree with the process. He’s trying to delegitimize the probe.

He recently referred to U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff as “Captain Kangaroo.” Schiff is leading the impeachment inquiry.

And last week, he was ejected from a closed-door hearing with former Trump aide Fiona Hill.

That’s how a brat behaves.

Then again, that’s Matt Gaetz.

Joe Henderson

I have a 45-year career in newspapers, including nearly 42 years at The Tampa Tribune. Florida is wacky, wonderful, unpredictable and a national force. It's a treat to have a front-row seat for it all.


  • Ray Blacklidge

    October 23, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Joe Henderson, just another wacko news guy, goes off the rails again with Democrat mantra…… All hail the funny old guy…

    • Guymar Dudikoff

      October 24, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Look, Matt, if you have something to say to Joe, post under your own name, k? Also, you look like Johnny Knoxville ate Jonah Hill, so I adjust regular exercise or doing something about that awful hair

      • Mz Info

        October 25, 2019 at 10:32 am

        Ya, “Guymar”, as if Matt Gaetz actually took the time to write that comment himself. BOL.

        As if the only opposition to this article… Is Matt Gaetz himself.

        Your statement is proof alone of Liberal delusion.

    • gary

      October 24, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      Joe’s life must be riddled with all kinds of disappointments.

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 23, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    The goptrump Cult completely od on the racist blood Kool aid. All the white boys needed were the tiki torches. Gaetz brain dead on the kool aid leader is a damn punk. There are Republicans on every one of those committes that are meeting in the Impeachment Inquiry!!!! Get out goptrumperd! Where in the world are the good and decent Republicans?!!! Damn you have some courage for America!

  • Lisa Brock

    October 23, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    He is the epitome of all that is wrong in this administration- and his name calling is just like Trump. They are full of cheap stunts that his masses flock to. Well done again Joe. Just so very sad. You’ll be called all sorts of things but these are THEIR words…

  • John Kociuba

    October 23, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Dear Citizens ~

    Re: Joe Henderson Piece

    Please clear the room of all dogma and sophism! this is decades of corruption from the same DEEP STATE COMMUNISTS on both the Rockefeller Republican Fabien Communist Party and Menshevik Communist Democrat Party that Hon. President Donald John Trump and Hon. Congressman Matt Gaetz are fighting to save our Republic. “The Specter of Communism. “

    • gary

      October 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Say it loud, John!

  • Harry

    October 23, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Matt Gaetz is just another fascist racist republican that want’s to destroy our democracy and institute dictatorial rule along the line of Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco. DUMP TRUMP AND ALL REPUBLICANS.

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    October 24, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Just further proof, as if we needed any, that the Floriduh Panhandle is actually South Alabama.

  • old guy sitting on the green benches

    October 24, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Let’s leave the third grade schoolyard personal name calling aside. There is a process for impeachment which is laid out in the Constitution and in the Rules for the House. What has happened to date is consistent with those rules. I’d suggest that those who stormed the SCIF are frustrated with being in the minority where they see themselves as bystanders, kinda like sitting in bleachers.

    • gary

      October 25, 2019 at 2:18 am

      How are they consistent with the rules “old guy”? Hide in a partisan cave and make Schiff up? Give me a break! This is nothing but a another attempt of coup d’état! Fact! Nothing has taken Trump down! Why…. Because it has ALL been manufactured! Nothing will take Trump down! He will be the president until 2024! These bastards just need to figure out how to beat him!

      Hint: THEY CAN’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Barncoat Mafia

    October 24, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Has Mr. Gaetz done damage to his chances of appearing on “Dancing With The Stars”? Such a shame.

    • gary

      October 25, 2019 at 2:20 am

      He future is bright in the Republican party, he will out shine any stupid liberal show!

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