While the Republican Party’s march to irrelevance has been taking place for quite some time, Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is taking a particularly self-destructive path for both himself and the GOP at large, judging from a statement he made to the War Room Pandemic podcast.
Rep. Gaetz offered to do something that Democrats have been clamoring for the fanatical supporter of the disgraced ex-president to do: resign his seat in the House of Representatives.
The catch is that the offer comes in the context of his being asked by Donald Trump to join his legal team representing him against the impeachment charges in the Senate, something that hasn’t happened, at least not yet.
“If the president called me and wanted me to go defend him on the floor of the Senate, that would be the top priority in my life. I would leave my House seat. I would do anything I had to do,” Gaetz told the podcast in a declaration of his undying fealty to the seditious failed presidential candidate.
“I view this cancellation of the Trump presidency and the Trump movement as one of the major risks to my people,” Gaetz said, without specifying exactly who was included in his definition of “my people.”
Gaetz’s fervent devotion to Trump inspired Twitter commentators to new heights of ridicule and sarcasm.
Ooh please Matt we here in Florida look forward to you resigning to defend Jim Jones – oops I mean your leader at palm beach – our fears will grow & spill out all over the streets with flags, balloons, fireworks – ugh – I mean we will be trembling in our boots – that what I meant
— Vaw51 (@Vaw511) February 3, 2021
— LoveNotHate 🌊♥️🇺🇸💙🌊💃🏻 (@LeahLoveGoddess) February 3, 2021
Awesome. You have lots of support for you to do that 🤣
— Lacy 🌷 (@LacyLove2020) February 3, 2021
That would be a double blessing. He’d resign and he’d lose the case
— Pippa (@BUBEEEEE) February 3, 2021
Matt Gaetz makes a fool of himself EVERY DAY! Nothing to see here…
— Triumphrat7 !!WE did it!! (@Triumphrat7) February 3, 2021
It's the patriotic thing, @mattgaetz
— Dismantle the Camps, Reunite the Families. Now. (@ForRealFormica) February 3, 2021
I’ll never understand the desire to defend someone who doesn’t even bother to know your name. https://t.co/AKSdw5TVyh
— please don’t stay (@Archimides1982) February 3, 2021
While it may be satisfying to contemplate the idea of a Congress without the presence of the radical right-wing extremist Butthead lookalike, the fact that Florida’s Republican governor Ron Desantis, another sycophantic Trump supporter, would be appointing his replacement unit the next election is held should dampen the enthusiasm for Gatez’s rapid exit from the House, since any replacement would likely be just as bad or even worse than the DUI-prone congressman.
As long as the GOP remains in the minority, Gaetz remains a loudmouthed, but impotent, irritant to the democratic process, while who knows what damage he could inflict unsupervised as a private citizen.
Sometimes the devil you know is the better option.
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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.