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Matt Gaetz blasts Democrats over impeachment in ‘smelly Walmart shoppers and deplorables’ claim

Gaetz said Democrats have worked toward impeachment before Trump was even elected.

Congressman Matt Gaetz bashed Democrats for launching an impeachment process long before they had anything for which to impeach President Donald Trump.

He also claimed Democrats mock the President’s supporters as nothing more than “smelly Walmart shoppers and deplorables.”

“This is not about the Ukraine. It’s about power. Donald Trump has it and House Democrats want it. And so with no crime, no victim, no evidence, no proof, no agenda for America, this impeachment charade marches on, following no rules and adhering to no sense of honor,” Gaetz said during impeachment debate Wednesday.

Gaetz received two minutes to speak, more than the minute to minute-and-a-half most other members were allotted, a sign that his staunch defense of  Trump is resonating.

“Voters will never forget that the Democrats have been triggered into impeaching the president because they don’t like him, and they don’t like us,” Gaetz said.

Gaetz claimed those who vote in favor of impeachment will face the wrath of voters dismayed by what he and other Republicans have described as a sham process.

“Democrats would rather trip the president just to see him stumble, than see America succeed. They would rather impeach the president than work together for the common good of our county and our citizens,” Gaetz said. “Democrats may have won the House in 2018, but they haven’t forgiven Donald Trump for having the audacity to win the presidency. And they haven’t forgiven you, the American people, for voting for him.”

Gaetz brought up the infamous comment from Rep. Rashida Tlaib in January in which she promised to “impeach the motherf***er.”

“She’s not alone. The impeachment was plotted and planned before the ink was even dried on his election, and possibly, before some Democrats could even point to the Ukraine on a map,” Gaetz said.

“In seeking the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee, the gentleman from New York said that he was the strongest member to lead a potential impeachment,” Gaetz continued, referring to U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler. “Democrats may not have known why they were going to impeach the president, but the knew it was an inevitability, facts be damned.”

Representatives are nearing the end of a six-hour debate over whether or not to impeach Trump on two articles — obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. The Democrat-controlled House is expected to vote in favor of impeachment Wednesday evening.

Still, Republicans are using their half of the six hours to portray Democrats as partisan hacks attempting to remove a president from office without solid evidence of wrongdoing. Democrats claim they are protecting the Constitution from setting a precedent that a President can use his office to secure political advantage.

“This impeachment isn’t legitimate, it’s the radical left’s insurance policy. But we have an insurance policy too. It’s the next election and we intend to win it,” Gaetz said, ending his testimony.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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