Matt Gaetz

Making Trumpism the New Normal

Time profiles Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL): “It’s easy to write Gaetz off as nothing more than a troll, someone who provokes for provocation’s sake. But to do so is to ignore both his policy interests (he’s sponsored 15 bills this term) and the skill with which he reads the Republican electorate. His audience is the demographic of Americans whose politics are less dogma than reflex: a reaction to the perceived sanctimony of a progressive cultural climate that treats conservatism as a punch line and scolds those who fail to use the correct gender pronouns.”

Said Gaetz: “The convention that one should never be perceived to troll another that has a different viewpoint is a very country club approach to politics. And we’re sort of in the era of Caddyshack. The caddies have taken over the country club.”

Lawmaker Knows How to Get Trump’s Attention

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), “in practically no time, has rocketed from fresh face in the Republican conference to one of President Trump’s most high-profile, die-hard defenders in Congress,” BuzzFeed News reports.

Weekly Standard: “And the president has taken notice. Trump frequently calls Gaetz to talk after seeing him on TV, the lawmaker tells me. ‘One time he said, ‘Good morning, Matt. It’s your favorite president,’ ’ Gaetz recalls of a recent phone call from Trump. He refuses to say just how many times Trump has called him after seeing him on the cable shows, but he admits it’s often.”

GOP Lawmaker Says Mueller Probe Is ‘Infected’

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who has said that the country is at risk of a “coup d’etat” by special counsel Robert Mueller. says he warned President Trump personally last week that Mueller’s Russia investigation is “infected with bias” against the president, Politico reports.

“Gaetz said he stopped short of encouraging Trump to fire Mueller, though he has recommended that step repeatedly in public statements.”