Matt Gaetz says GOP establishment is ‘in shambles’ and is running from Donald Trump
Matt Gaetz

Congressman wants Liz Cheney out of leadership.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz was on friendly ground on the Fox Business Network Thursday, with unfriendly messages for congressional Republican leadership.

Gaetz lambasted House and Senate GOP leaders in a segment entitled “the Future of the GOP,” on the pro-Donald Trump program “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”

In the tradition of Newt Gingrich going after moderate Republicans three decades prior, the Panhandle Republican slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Rep. Liz Cheney for distancing themselves from former President Trump and the America First movement writ large.

Gaetz, who seems to be at least exploring a run for Agriculture Commissioner, doesn’t seem to be afraid to make a direct assault against the party establishment ahead of that potential run.

Attacking Cheney, the number three Republican in the House who nonetheless voted to impeach the President, Gaetz said the Wyoming Congresswoman lacked a mandate and called for her removal, but he questioned whether she even cared that she had lost the rank and file.

“If more than half of our conference expresses their desire to remove her,” Gaetz mused, “will she still fight and stay?”

“The base of the Republican Party is strong,” Gaetz added, “but at the top of the party, our leadership frankly is in shambles. You’ve got McConnell wavering on impeachment, you’ve got Liz Cheney spitting into the eyes of tens of millions of Americans by embracing the language and the arguments of the radical left instead of the America First movement.”

Gaetz, who made the decision to forsake money from political action committees early in 2020, went on to lambaste “other leaders in our party, totally shaken by the corporate PACs withholding their money from Republicans.”

“You have to see how significant it is when a leader is picked not because they’re the smartest, the most charismatic, or even because they’re the most effective communicator, but because they have the ability to raise tens of millions of dollars of corporate PAC money. But when that money goes away,” Gaetz added, “it becomes apparent that the emperor has no clothes.”

Republican leadership goes against the base, Gaetz said, because winning elections is “less important than being able to raise and direct corporate money.”

“There are too many people in Republican leadership who will do anything, sell out anyone, even President Trump,” said Gaetz, to “get in the good graces of corporate America and the woke left.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Meredith Shaw

    January 21, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Gaetz is a puny little punk who clearly has never read the Constitution. He is as in love with his own voice and as devoid of substance as his hero, the traitor, former President Trump. There can be no moving forward without a mea culpa on the part of the party members who supported Trumps insurrection. Gaetz is too shallow to understand that.

  • Palmer Tom

    January 21, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    What is really scary is that people up in the Panhandle keep voting for this twerp.

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 21, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Is Gaetz in the early stages of dementia? Him and Nazi Rick are trying to outdo the SEE ME bs! There is no Republican Party! There are only goptrump death cult sociopaths Mattie! Just like you?! Lol

  • Ron Ogden

    January 22, 2021 at 5:22 am

    Just like the Republican Party, the Democratic Party has periodically suffered through these internal conflicts. The difference is, the mainstream media, intent on protecting the home of “wokeism”, ignores these disputes. It much prefers to chortle at the woes of its sworn enemy, the GOP. The truth is, however, that in Florida Donald Trump scored a major and unquestioned victory in the face of smug predictions of a “woke” triumph, one that left the Democratic Party bankrupt and leaderless and its benighted adherents sputtering and dropping fbombs in their wake.

  • Ocean Joe

    January 22, 2021 at 6:33 am

    Ron, you do realize Dominion Voting Systems was among the programs used by Florida and certified by our Division of Elections. Apparently when the votes favor Trump, the company is OK. Looking forward to reading about large verdicts in DVS’s favor against Sidney Powell, Mike Lindell, Rudy and others. Yes, there’s some degree of protection for court filings, but the public statements these guys made went beyond the pale…smearing the company’s reputation, resulting threats against its’ employees and owners.

    Aside from that omission, yes, every few years one party or the other gets counted out, and then like roaches, they both come bouncing back.

  • Patrick Henry

    January 22, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Matt Gaetz has a backbone and tells it like it is. The Uni-party of establishment D’s and R’s who worship at the altar of K Street lobbyists and Wall Street abhor Republican and Democrat hardworking middle class (Main Street) Americans. The Uni-party R’s have no fortitude. They are spineless and selfish, completely indifferent to protecting our national sovereignty, they embrace massive illegal immigration for cheap labor and profit, and do not lead on pro-family tax policies that allow Americans to succeed. If Gaetz decides to run for AG Commissioner (which is a great idea) when Gov. DeSantis steps out to run for POTUS in 2024 Gaetz runs for Gov. If DeSantis succeeds, Gaetz runs for Governor and will win. Gaetz speaks for the people of FL and all decent hard working Americans.

  • PeterH

    January 22, 2021 at 10:36 am

    The State of Florida is number three in the nation to receive federal aid to stay afloat. Our State’s financial situation mirrors the incompetent grifters we have elected to represent us at the State level and in Congress. At some point Washington will take a look at this State’s disparity of millionaires, billionaires and poverty and direct the State to take firm measures to make itself more self sufficient and less reliant on Washington handouts for survival.

  • MikeA

    January 22, 2021 at 11:23 am

    The real tragedy is that Matt Gaetz didn’t manage to kill himself in one of his many DUI’s! Well, I’m sure Matt Gaetz has many future GUI’s coming.

  • Patrick Henry

    January 22, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Florida is number three, huh?

    And what is the third largest state in the country?

    We have no state income tax on FL, have a great climate and beautiful beaches. DeSantis is doing a great job with the hand he has been dealt from the Wuhan virus.

    Unfortunately, FL is being invaded by northern liberals and a number of people living here who don’t care about a strong work ethic. There was further demise due to Democrat policies which Obama perfected by deliberately growing the welfare state. Many people feel they no longer have to work because they can make more in government handouts then they would working. Sad as these policies do not respect human beings or their self worth and dignity.

  • Jane M Dixon

    January 22, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Sorry for those of you that are not TRUMP supporters, personally, we are not use to someone speaking the truth or afraid to say the truth! If it wasn’t for people like Matt Gaetz – we would not know half of what is going on in DC – maybe he is the Firebrand of DC and Florida – if you really just listen to the man, he tells it like it is – sometimes truth hurts – dosen’t matter what his past is, we all have one – good or bad. Why is it people can’t just move on with someone’s past – his personal life is private just as yours or mine is, personally it’s none of your business. He is better than most Congressmen and far better than what we have in INDIANA! Notice the Trump/Pence signs in FL when Trump return home 1/20/2021 people put duck taped over Pence’s name – what does the tell everyone???

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    January 22, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Gaetz — this guy! I’ll say it again: Can the Redneck Riveria please just secede from Floriduh and join Alabammy? I would support that.

  • Harold Finch

    January 22, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    I have known and watched Matt Gaetz since he was first elected to the State House. As a lobbyist, I and many others found him to be an arrogant jerk who bullies his way around and, not liked by his fellow members.

    He is also a closet homosexual who drinks excessively to deal with his insecurity and not being able to be openly gay.

    He is an abomination, who along with Trump need to be totally out of the Party!!

  • Mary Mangold

    January 22, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Here we go. The same narrative when the radical empty and dark left has nothing. Discrediting a fine young man – Matt Gaetz – who has more courage than the heap of R’s (with some exceptions and I won’t name names since part of the entire M.O. is the ATTACK of good character and the attempt to discredit and mischaracterize anyone who states the TRUTH. ) Its a disgusting REVELATION that shall echo throughout the history of this shambled country we now are witnessing. I hope you sludge pond swimmers are proud of your legacy of being shills and every bit as disposable as any other citizen. You reap what you sow.

    President Donald J Trump is still my President. “Joe, you know I won.”

  • PeterH

    January 22, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Yes Patrick ….. Florida is number three ….right up there with South Carolina, the number one “taker State” and North Dakota, the number two “taker state”

    For every dollar that Florida and Floridians send to the National treasury….. the State receives $4.50 in return. Not bad at grifting …. don’t you agree?

    Compare Florida to California…. another large State! Good comparative for you I hope?!?!

    For every dollar California sends to the National Treasury ….. the state receives $.90 in return.

    What does this mean? It means that if you exclude the purple state of Texas …… red states economies would tank without the help from California to bail them out.

    You too can find all these statistics on multiple sites including articles written by Forbes, The Atlantic etc.

    Republicans should start wondering and repairing the damage perpetrated by their failed policies. Most Americans didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 ….. or 2020.

    With Republican’s loss of all three branches of government in less than four years …. you might want to finally comprehend that Americans DO NOT WANT TO BUY what you’re selling.

  • DHB

    January 22, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Imagine being such a horrible politician in where your concern isn’t what Trump did during his last two months in office (especially the last two weeks), but politicians in your party who spoke out against it. Embarrassing and pathetic days for the GOP. And I’m not saying this to bash on the party as a whole. I’m thinking of what it used to be, what it could be and the hope for it’s future. For I hate labels, and this not good for the country.

  • Ross

    January 23, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Right on Matt. The R Party needs rebuilding. It’s become more in tune with getting campaign money than representing the people who elected them.

  • Christine

    January 23, 2021 at 7:28 am

    WELL SAID RON!!!!. Please don’t pay attention to these left wing nuts who have commented on this article. It is true. The patriot movement is alive an well. The left FEARS US. Why do you think they are still attacking Trump? Rinos like Mcconnel, Cheney and company fear us as well and actually want us GONE. We are tired of weak republicans that sell us down the river. We need FAIR ELECTIONS. The power was taken from the people by the systemic VOTER FRAUD in 2020. Give us back our voice and we will RULE again. Government BY and FOR the PEOPLE. We stand for the flag and kneel for the cross. We pray that God will Bless America and cast down the EVIL which has inundated it at the top. I pray that these people who destroy states by voting for democrats policies LEARN THEIR LESSON. If not I pray they STAY OUT of our BEAUTIFUL well run state. P.S. Investigate George Soros and company. The leader of the beast. I believe that the breach at the capital and the pandemic was planned to destroy us.

  • Christine

    January 23, 2021 at 7:47 am

    There you go Meredith with your name calling and accusations without any FACTS to back up your meritless diatribe. I bet all summer long you were cheering the destruction of court houses, police stations, private businesses and the violence against innocent people. You HYPOCRITE. You are so inundated by the beast you can’t even see. You are blinded with hate that you can’t even recognize the best President we ever had. His policies helped the people. Unlike your “tales from the crypt” president, DJT was actually elected BY THE PEOPLE. All you have to do is look at FACTS, even though I know you liberals are allergic to FACTS. Florida is one of the best run states in the union. No voter fraud going on there. It was nipped at the BUD. We are back to work and our children are back to school. We have a healthy economy and do not tax our hard working citizens to DEATH. All you have to do Meredith is look at the FACTS. Why are people leaving New York and California???? Why is that? The MSM is the number two enemy of America because it creates people like you that can only call names and are devoid of FACTS. Number one enemy is the demoncrats. They says they love American and the Constitution but they want to destroy it. Its all LIP SERVICE. Just take a good gander at their policies. They are for a “ONE WORLD ORDER” They have sold us out to the globalist. They are the party that gleefully cackle when they past a law in NY that allows people to kill their babies at birth. They even lit up the empire state building in pink lights in celebration. You are the party that promotes the falsity that there are more than 2 genders. You are the party that has SOLD OUT TO CHINA. Look at what your “walking dead” president is doing now with removing tariffs. You Meredith are just a minion for the beast. Meredith, you are just a minion for evil and probably don’t even realize it. You support the anti-Christ. How do I know this….hmmmmm BY YOUR OWN WORDS.

  • HintsFromHomie

    January 23, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Matt Gaetz, Mario Rubio , Ron DiSantis and perhaps worst of all Rick Scott will all be challenged in their next primaries basically for aiding and abetting the failed policies of Trump: unconstitutional immigration exec orders, callous disregard for scientific evidence which would have prevented thousands of American deaths from COVID for purely political gain and their continued support for the fallacies of election fraud pushed by a disgraced and delusional now-ex President. They all, like Trump himself will be “unelectable “ for a variety of good reasons, the least of which is there really do exist honest American patriots still wishing to really serve all the people not just their elitist, egotistical and superiority complexed fans.
    The GOP built out the swamp to epic proportion to suit their greed, snouts lined up at the public trough and embarrassed this country to the core in doing so by attacking the foundation of our democracy, not strengthening it. Not a single apology from their ranks except those brave and intelligent Senators like Liz Cheney who stood in opposition to Trumps lies and traitorous public incitement to violence against fellow American congresspersons and their constituents.
    Biden and Harris with a new cast of real public servants are going to cut them off for good with or without your help so get used to that idea. The democratic agenda is by far more popular than your exclusionary, racist, careless attempts over the past 4 years, just do the math and forget the fools notion of Dominion voting machine rigging. that did not happen but the voter count nationwide was quite real, nearly 100% accurate and now certified by patriots more sane and balanced than you. Get over it, get your heads straight and help out.

  • Donna Andres

    January 23, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    I stand by these brave men who know the constitution and have the back bone to represent we the people. There seems to be a judge and jury in the house that condemns free speech. They did the right thing disputing the electoral college and certifying the votes. They did not give the people a fair trial. Millions of people stand by these men including Hawley and Ron Jones and Ted Cruz. If there was nothing to hide…they would have opened the doors to questionable mail in ballots, were there dead voters, did Stacey Abrams really mail 200,000 mail in ballots? I want to know….Thank you Matt and Josh and Ted and Ron

  • PeterH

    January 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Since when does Matt Gaetz get to question the election results in other State that have been thoroughly vetted by 60 judges????? …. many of them Trump installed judges. There is ALWAYS some fraud ….. but not enough to change the outcome of the election. The mail in vote protocol had the same State issued optical scan that Florida mail in vote documents had. The UNIQUE scan connects to a State, County, Voting district and individual at a particular address. YOU WILL SEE MORE MAIL IN VOTING IN ALL FUTURE ELECTIONS……NOT LESS.

    Trump embarrassingly dragged Georgia to court a half dozen times…..and LOST every time. Biden won.

    Republicans need to stay laser focused on 2024 when they will have the opportunity to go up against Kamala Harris. Maybe Trump will start a “Patriot Party”….. to keep all the insurrectionist in one deplorable basket.

  • Donna Andres

    January 23, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Judge and Jury Democrats….Let freedom ring and bring out the ballots?

  • PeterH

    January 23, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    OMG you’ve swallowed too much of the Trump koolaide.

    You’re entitled to your own opinion …..but not your own FACTS.

    FACTS do not support your whine ….. Georgia did TWO HAND COUNTS of the ballots. Thank God Trump and his ignorant base had to pay millions for the Georgia recount.

  • Bethany North

    January 23, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    I can see why there are so many jealous out of touch comments by leftist regarding Rep. Gaetz. You are just envious and he is not on your side. Matt Gaetz gives me hope for the future. A real man who is not easily destroyed or affected by your toxic comments. Comments that would not be allowed on any Social media outlet. No one is allowed to speak as you do toward any of the leftist Democrats. Mr. Gaetz knows that. And yet he soldiers on. I have such admiration for him.

  • Judy Pedroza

    January 24, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you Matt Gaetz for have the courage to speak out. I blame the lack of leadership of the Republican Party and the Church for selling us Americans out. And why in the hell do we keeping voting for these Rhinos and old people? It took the courage of a new GOP to fight back and start impeachment on Biden who is one of the most corrupt politicians. I was a long time Democrat who was blinded by all of the lies and corruption of our leaders. When President Trump took office I felt there was hope. But we did not support him instead we allowed the corrupt to betray him. No one has lost as much as he has. We lost the greatest President who was willing to fight for the people. Instead we have a frail old puppet running our nation along with an evil bitch who is out for herself. And believe me the worse is still to come.

  • Pablo Cruize

    January 25, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    The democrat party has adopted the morals of Mao and Marxism. Many in the “GOP” are only there to get elected (where they heck elsewhere would a creeps like Romney, McConnel, Chaney, Rove fit in?) and have no allegiance beyond themselves. Trump has the type of wealth the Swamp lust after but left it to try and save the nation from itself. The “chaos” in the party is the smelly pile of garbage being upturned and the roaches and maggot squirming and skittering in the light.

  • Jo

    January 27, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    I don’t live in Florida, but I really like this guy. Some of the comments on here are astonishing. This man is speaking the truth and at least has the guts to fight for the people and the Constitution. Heck, this guy almost makes me want to leave Illinois and move to his district. The only problem is that great states like Florida and Texas are attracting the far left and that’s a problem. Those states really don’t want far leftists destroying their states as they’ve destroyed California, New York, Illinois, and many others. Stay in your states and try to fix the problems that you yourselves created.

    Anyway, I think Matt Gaetz should run for President eventually. He’s young, well-spoken, good looking, and would stand a great chance of winning.

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