Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) threatened Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia after he refused to appoint Trump’s choice to fill the state’s US Senate vacancy.
Trump was looking to get one of his stooges Rep. Doug Collins into the Senate so that he would have a guaranteed no vote on impeachment conviction, but Kemp is set to appoint Kelly Loeffler instead because he thinks her appointment would be better for Republicans in the state.
Gaetz tweeted a threat at the governor:
You are ignoring his request because you THINK you know better than @POTUS.
If you substitute your judgement for the President’s, maybe you need a primary in 2022. Let’s see if you can win one w/o Trump https://t.co/vtjT4CyLMI
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) November 29, 2019
An advisor to Gov. Kemp fired back at Gaetz:
Inquiring minds want to know if you prefer flat front jorts, pleated jorts, or cargo jorts with room to put all of your Legos, Pokémon cards, and jellybeans. Oh…and mind your own business. We don’t know you and we don’t care what you think. #gapol https://t.co/3lA20lDjR9
— Ryan Matthew Mahoney (@Ryan_Mahoney) November 29, 2019
A Republican Congressman is threatening a Republican governor because the governor wouldn’t do what Trump wanted. This is an intra-party civil war, and there is only one right answer in Trump’s party, and that is to follow the president’s orders or else.
Rep. Gaetz is an embarrassment to his district, his state, and his country. He does not belong in Congress, and his threats against other Republicans are proof that Trump’s chaos is causing all hell to break loose throughout the Republican Party.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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