Matt Gaetz doubles down on Trump-for-Speaker push
Matt Gaetz and Donald Trump.

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Gaetz floated the notion during the Sarasota rally.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz insists he has better knowledge of former President Donald Trump than a Capitol Hill reporter, calling out what he says is phony reporting about “Trump World.”

Gaetz, who represents Florida’s 1st Congressional District, squabbled on Twitter Thursday with a Washington journalist who took issue with the Gaetz’s contention that Trump wants to be the next Speaker of the House.

Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman tweeted about the Panhandle Republican fundraising on the “Speaker Trump” proposition, casting aspersions on the idea Trump even wants the gig.

Sherman wrote that Gaetz “is now fundraising on nominating Trump to become Speaker. A reminder: only one person needed to nominate someone for Speaker. 218 votes to become Speaker. Trump world says he doesn’t want to be Speaker. (Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy) does want to become Speaker.”

“Who is ‘Trump World?'” Gaetz blasted in response. “I talk to Trump directly, unlike Fruitpunch News.”

Things got a bit more heated after Sherman called out to a secondary source in Trump’s orbit, quoting outgoing spokesman Jason Miller saying Trump has “zero desire” to be Speaker.

“Jason Miller is misinformed on this point. (Or, since he left, maybe he has his own agenda?) There is but one governing voice in Trump World: TRUMP! Even Kevin acknowledged that Trump wants to be Speaker,” Gaetz responded.

Gaetz made news at Trump’s rally in Sarasota on July 3, promising to nominate Trump for the speakership after the 2022 election.

“After the next election cycle when we take back the House of Representatives, when we send Nancy Pelosi back to the filth of San Francisco, my commitment to you is that my vote for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives will go to Donald J. Trump,” Gaetz told the crowd.

Trump called the idea “interesting,” but some doubt the he would want the job’s workload.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ron Ogden

    July 8, 2021 at 11:11 am

    “Trump called the idea “interesting,” but some doubt the former President would want the job’s workload.”

    All the Speaker has to do himself is present the legislative priorities of the House majority. The rest of the stuff, from accounting to tree trimming, is delegated. I am sure our reporter knew that.

    I’m also sure that he knows the Speaker does NOT even have to be a Congressman. Didn’t know that? Well, after the next election the majority Republicans could just invite DJT to come up from Florida occasionally to represent them as Speaker, and await the day when both Bidet and Kamalface are impeached, and the Speaker assumes the presidency. (Oh! this is just TOO much fun!)

    • tjb

      July 8, 2021 at 11:35 am

      Ron, where you on Jan 6? Also, when will you learn to spell the names of our President and VP? PS—can a felon be the Speaker?

      • Donna Dupuy

        July 8, 2021 at 1:01 pm

        Mr. Ogden apparently thinks he’s funny. Also: apparently doesn’t know how to read a room. Bless his heart.

        • Ron Ogden

          July 8, 2021 at 2:44 pm

          Ms. Dupuy: The only room I need to read is the one in Sarasota last weekend when 40,000 people (many of them very successful and consequently wealthy) came out in the pouring rain for Donald Trump. And, yes, I do enjoy a good chuckle at the expense of Democrats, particularly when it is so easily gained as it is these days. And as far as my heart is concerned, the only blessing it craves is the return of 45 to the White House, and it has hopes, eternal hopes.

          • Michael Gillings

            July 8, 2021 at 8:24 pm

            ….But most of them unemployed trailer trash Duck Dynasty inbred Trump supporters…..Good luck with your dreams and please continue to contribute to your hard earned money to Trump. He needs plenty of fools like you to make money now days.

      • Ron Ogden

        July 8, 2021 at 2:45 pm

        TJ, where was I on January 6? Sitting in front of my computer cheering!

        • Donald Trump

          July 8, 2021 at 8:30 pm

          Cheering for the overthrow of Democracy

    • Donald Trump

      July 8, 2021 at 8:37 pm

      I don’t want this job. Easier to make money from all my fans like you contributing to my slush fund. Please send more money now. Thanks DJT

  • Sonja Fitch

    July 8, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Wtf! Who cares? Gaetz is trying to distract from his impending arrest for having sex with a minor!

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