Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has managed through sustained effort to distinguish himself as the slimiest Republican in Congress, no mean feat given the kinds of oleaginous creatures that populate the slithering ranks of the modern GOP. Incapable of articulating anything that even vaguely resembles good policy, he exists to solely whip up the bigots and morons in his party.
Since his idol Donald Trump was rejected by the American people and booted out of the Oval Office, Gaetz has been repeatedly launching the lowest form of attacks on Joe Biden. Despite the fact that Biden dismantled Trump during the debates and drubbed him at the ballot box, Gaetz is still peddling the conspiracy theory that Biden has cognitive issues and health problems. The complete lack of evidence and all of the proof to the contrary matters not to him and he knows his paranoid MAGA supporters don’t care about facts either.
Today, Gaetz sank to a new low by implying that Biden is on the verge of death. He joked that every time Vice President Kamala Harris shakes President Biden’s hand she’s actually checking his pulse. Poor taste does not even begin to describe this kind of macabre “joke” and it’s especially hypocritical given Gaetz’s fanatical support for the morbidly obese Trump.
The simple truth is that the Republicans still can’t figure out a substantive way to attack President Biden. He’s immensely popular and has already proven himself far more capable of leading the country than Trump by passing a historic $1.9 trillion relief bill. Stripped of options, hacks like Gaetz are forced to rely on cheap jokes and conspiracy theories. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to focus on doing the work of the American people.
Every time Kamala Harris shakes Joe Biden's hand, she's checking his pulse.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 19, 2021
Not surprisingly, Gaetz’s gross joke unleashed a firestorm of angry responses on Twitter, a powerful reminder of just how deeply this man is disliked by most Americans.
And every time you kiss Trump’s feet, you whisper “I love you.” https://t.co/GwgBxvPDXM
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 19, 2021
Every time you shake someone's hand, that person has to get the dog shit washed off. https://t.co/hHump9Lpmb
— Josh Shahryar (@JShahryar) March 19, 2021
And every time Trump scratches his ass, he’s checking to see you’re firmly attached https://t.co/XSpSiuMQQY
— MotownPunkResists (@trumptroll24) March 19, 2021
Is this how low politics is going . We can disagree but not throwing personal or medical insults. It shows the type of mindset you got.
— kristian ortiz (@krisortiz350) March 19, 2021
Matt appears to be drunk as usual. https://t.co/lgR2MD5W2B
— Raffles (@NolesBhoy) March 19, 2021
Republicans need to think back to whether the "haha he's so old" line of attack worked against Ronald Reagan. https://t.co/Ev2eOcvhfw
— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) March 19, 2021
You’re one of the sleaziest creeps in the US Congress. When have you ever done one thing that actually benefits your constituents and the American people? Nothing! You even voted against Covid-19 relief. But congratulations on becoming a Twitter celebrity and troll, nothing more! https://t.co/ubqt1nY9sn
— Jack Edward McIntyre (@JackMcI28846820) March 19, 2021
I know there's no bottom with you. But don't mock anyone like this. Life is slippery.
— CHIDI®️ (@ChidiNwatu) March 19, 2021
Imagine a sitting member of the US Congress thinks this is an appropriate thing to say about the current POTUS.
— NotafanofTrump 🌊 (@ducksinmypool) March 19, 2021
Every time someone sees Matt Gaetz, they're wondering how much he's been drinking. pic.twitter.com/vvpRJqe5Dc
— Kel Varnsen (@_Kel_Varnsen_) March 19, 2021
Imagine being such a miserable dipstick like Matt Gaetz that you'd put out a gratuitous tweet making fun of someone's age. Weird stuff from a weird guy.
I'd rather have a President who stumbled on Air Force one stairs than stumble on COVID.
Also: He's still your President! pic.twitter.com/8MIr3wivv0
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) March 19, 2021
Everytime @RepMattGaetz tweets, it's some nasty snark. Can anyone name one positive thing Gaetz has done in the House? He's using his seat to claim a permanent RWNJ talking head slot on Newsmax or some other rightytightywhitey network & Florida taxpayers are funding that.
— Jinx in TN (@grrenshaw) March 19, 2021
Every time Matt Gaetz makes this same joke, his forehead grows another inch.
— Hockey Walrus 🇺🇸 (@hockey_walrus) March 19, 2021
Wow, what a deplorable comment from a human excrement. https://t.co/TnF9KIQSfK
— 🌊💙🇺🇲🦅 Anis Jerbi 🦅🇺🇲💙🌊 (@ArtistAJ17) March 19, 2021
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.