Matt Gaetz Faces Backlash for Advocating “Force” to Bring Change in Washington, D.C.
Florida Representative Matt Gaetz has ignited a firestorm on social media by suggesting that change in the “corrupt” environment of
Florida Representative Matt Gaetz has ignited a firestorm on social media by suggesting that change in the “corrupt” environment of Washington, D.C., can only be achieved through “force.” Gaetz, a fervent supporter of former President Donald Trump, made these remarks during a joint appearance with Trump at the Iowa State Fair, prompting criticism in the wake of Trump’s recent indictment and the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
Gaetz’s comments were made in the context of the ongoing legal proceedings against Trump, who was indicted in August on charges related to his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. Gaetz’s statement comes at a time when Trump has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including conspiracy and obstruction.
Addressing Trump directly at the fair, Gaetz expressed his frustration with those he perceives as undermining the nation. He stated, “Mr. President, I cannot stand these people that are destroying our country. They are opening our borders. They are weaponizing our federal law enforcement against patriotic Americans who love this nation as we should.” Gaetz went on to assert that, in his view, change in the current political climate requires force.
“While we are having a great time at the fair and stand with you, we recognize that in a corrupt place like Washington, D.C., change can only come through force,” Gaetz asserted. He urged his supporters in Iowa to be prepared for challenges, saying, “When you see them come for this man, know that they are coming for our movement and they are coming for all of us.”
Gaetz emphasized the importance of determination in the face of adversity, stating, “As hard as you see him work, I need you working 10 times harder, a hundred times harder.” He also expressed confidence in his political aspirations, declaring, “We’re going to win Iowa, we’re going to march to the nomination and we’re going to save the greatest country.”
In the midst of the ongoing legal proceedings, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is overseeing the case, highlighted the limitations on Trump’s public statements regarding the evidence in the investigation as he embarks on his campaign for the 2024 Republican nomination.