Donald Trump is being impeached for being right, Matt Gaetz claims

'The President correctly pointed out' election fraud, Gaetz insisted.

President Donald Trump‘s biggest congressional supporter from Florida, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, defended the President not only on impeachment but from anyone who thought he was wrong in the first place for claiming election fraud.

“President Trump may be most likely to be impeached when he is correct,” Gaetz claimed in Wednesday’s debate over a proposed second impeachment of the President.

In defending Trump from the impeachment charge that he inspired insurrection last Wednesday, Gaetz turned to a defense that has been soundly discredited: Trump’s claims that the presidential election was stolen from him, and that Congress needed to be stopped from certifying Democrat Joe Biden as the next President.

Gaetz also went over Trump’s full term. He insisted Trump had been correct in his dealings with Ukraine, when he pressured the new Ukrainian President to make a statement that both raised corruption suspicions against Biden and his son Hunter Biden, and that 2016 efforts by Russia to interfere in America elections were in fact done to help Democrats, not Trump.

“Before the last presidential impeachment, President Trump rightly pointed out the improper activities of the Biden crime family and subsequently he’s been proven right. And don’t think for a moment, Madam Speaker, that we’re going to drop that or stop our pursuit of the truth,” Gaetz said.

“And here we have the 2020 presidential election, where the President correctly pointed out unconstitutional behavior, voting irregularities, concerns over tabulations, dead people voting, and now impeachment again,” Gaetz said.

In all the states that Trump made those claims — Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Nevada — he has lost both in appeals to elections officials, who mostly are fellow Republicans, and in courts, often in front of judges Republicans appointed. Similarly, his claims were soundly rejected by the Supreme Court, twice. Trump’s elections security director Chris Krebs declared the elections were fair, sound, and secure, and Trump fired him. Trump’s Attorney General William Barr declared the elections fair and secure, and received such backlash he resigned.

Still, a majority of House Republicans, including Gaetz, voted to object to the election results from Georgia and Pennsylvania. Gaetz continued that contention Wednesday, a week after the riots that seized and sacked the U.S. Capitol. Gaetz did denounce the attack on the Capitol, but charged that Democrats have inspired far more violence.

“Some have cited the metaphor that he lit the flame. Well they lit actual flames, actual fires! Gaetz screamed.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


8 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 13, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Please please remove Gaetz from office! What a disgusting dirt bag! Panhandle really this guy is an embarrassment every time he says or dies anything! Hope he is expelled from us house! Rutherford you are compromised and you need to suffer through expulsion!

  • Ramon

    January 13, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    I just wish that all politician’s rhetoric could be back by proof and not emotions regardless of what side of the isle they sit. You hear the claims from both sides BUT where is the proof. Until then why believe any of this clowns in either side???? Facepalm!!!!

  • Palmer Tom

    January 13, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    There was more evidence for impeachment than there was for Gaetz’s claims.

  • Linda Duczman O'Connell

    January 13, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    In light of the direction Trump gave to his mob at last Wed.’s rally, his refusal to accept defeat, and his rhetoric (lies) over these past months I wondered how Congressional supporters would defend him. Then I heard Gaetz this afternoon. Not only no evidence, but wall-to-wall lies. Trump deserved the impeachment he received and Gaetz deserves expulsion — if not from his peers than the voters. Recall anyone?

  • Sherrill

    January 13, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Florida has so many scumbags that need to be removed. DeSantis, Scott and Gaetz. Maybe that’s why Trumps ass is so big these 3 took up residences in it.

  • Tjb

    January 13, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Have pity for Matt. Having microphallus must be a very difficult condition for Matt to handle. It can cause people like Matt to feel very, very small and they compensate by making hugely stupid statements. Seriously, he is an embarrassment to the good people of Florida and Congress.

  • joe martin

    January 15, 2021 at 12:22 am

    You are not a journalist. Journalists are supposed to be neutral. There was incontrovertible proof of election fraud! And if you leftists were so sure that Biden won, why didn’t you let the vote be audited, for the good of the country!

    What do you call a democracy with only one party? China. Russia.

  • Paul Nicholson

    January 15, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    Gaetz is demented.

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