Matt Gaetz has told his supporters they have an “ obligation ” to use their Second Amendment rights against Silicon Valley companies, in retaliation for their blocking of conservatives like Donald Trump.
The Florida congressman was in Georgia Thursday night, speaking alongside Marjorie Taylor Greene, who represents the district. The two controversial Republicans are currently in the middle of an “ America First ” tour to gain support for their campaigns.
Greene entertained her constituents in Dalton, 100 miles north of Atlanta, with her thoughts on members of the Mexican cartel, who she said were thrilled with the surge in migrant arrivals under President Joe Biden.
“Cartels love Democrats,” Greene said.
‘Yeah, they’re over there like,’ We make a lot of money with Biden. Joe Biden! ‘
“It’s my really bad Mexican accent.
Marjorie Taylor Greene was in her constituency Thursday night, bringing her House colleague Matt Gaetz to Dalton, Georgia, about 100 miles north of Atlanta. The two passionately pro-Trump Republicans are in the middle of an “ America First ” fundraising tour, which saw them speaking to crowds across the United States about voter fraud and the cancellation of the election. culture.
Taylor Greene, 47, amused her constituents with her impressions of a Mexican cartel leader, emphasizing that cartel members love Joe Biden because he is gentle on immigration and gives free rein to drug traffickers. drugs at the border.
It was Gaetz, however, who caused the most anger with his calls for an armed attack on tech companies.
He accused them of silencing conservatives like Trump, who has been banned since the start of this year for inciting the January 6 riot.
“The Internet lobby is watching in Silicon Valley, they think they can kill us, discourage us.
“Maybe if you’re just a little less patriotic. Maybe if you conform to their way of thinking a little more, you will be allowed to participate in the digital world.
But you know what, Silicon Valley can’t cancel this movement, or this rally, or this congressman.
“We have a Second Amendment in this country, and I think we have an obligation to use it.”
Gaetz, 39, told crowds in Georgia they had an “ obligation ” to use their Second Amendment rights on Silicon Valley companies, which silenced the Tories. He was referring to the decision taken in January by major social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, to ban Donald Trump, accusing him of causing unrest with his inflammatory comments on the 6 riot. January at the Capitol.
Gaetz’s comments were immediately condemned by fellow Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger for Illinois.
Kinzinger, who strongly condemns the pro-Trump wing of the party, tweeting in response to the clip: ‘This is not First Amendment protected speech. It’s beyond screaming fire in a theater.
Gaetz, 39, also issued a thinly veiled threat to overthrow the government.
“The Second Amendment – it’s a little history lesson for all the fake news media,” he said.
“The second amendment does not concern hunting, recreation or sport.
“The Second Amendment seeks to maintain the capacity among citizens to maintain an armed rebellion against the government if it becomes necessary.
“I hope that will never be the case, but it is certainly important to recognize the founding principles of this nation and to ensure that they are fully understood.
Gaetz, a congressman from Florida, uses his speeches on the America First tour to discuss popular conservative themes – culture cancellation, gun rights, voter fraud, and the US-Mexico border. He is also defending himself against allegations that he was involved in the sex trafficking of a minor.
Gaetz and Greene both hope to distract themselves from their own controversies.
Gaetz is currently under investigation for sex trafficking of a minor. His ex-girlfriend is cooperating with federal prosecutors and his former ‘wingman’ Joel Greenberg has struck a plea deal and implicated Gaetz in his sex crimes.
Gaetz has not been charged and insists he is relaxed about anything Greenberg might say, pointing out that Greenberg has admitted to lying and defaming people.
Greene sparked outrage by comparing politicians insisting on wearing face masks in Congress to the Holocaust.
On Thursday night, however, she was unrepentant, telling her constituents: “I will no longer wear my mask on the floor of the House.”
Gaetz said earlier that he was ready to run for president if Donald Trump did not.
“I support Donald Trump for the presidency. I directly encouraged him to run and he gives me every indication that he will, ” Gaetz told the New York Post via text.
“ If Trump doesn’t comply, I’m sure I could defeat what’s left of Joe Biden by 2024. ”
But Gaetz will have to come out unscathed from any claims made by Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector who pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud and sex offenses earlier this month.
Representative Matt Gaetz told the New York Post he is ready to run for president – as long as former President Donald Trump does not try again for a second term
Former President Donald Trump, pictured outside Trump Tower earlier this week, has yet to say whether he will run for president in 2024, although he has hinted that he will. .
A sketch of Joel Greenberg (right), described as a “ winger ” by Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Greenberg’s attorney Fritz Scheller (left) in Orlando federal court on May 17
Greenberg told investigators the Florida Republican and at least two other men had sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl.
Gaetz has denied these allegations.
“I’m not too worried about Joel Greenberg,” Gaetz told Newsmax last week.
“ Joel Greenberg is literally in jail right now because he initially accused an innocent person of having a relationship with a minor. It wasn’t true, it was just a false thing Joel Greenberg had said and it gave him quite a bit of trouble.
Gaetz told the Post he had not formed an exploratory committee for a 2024 White House bid.
Another source told the Post that Gaetz could pose as an aide to another prominent Florida man – Republican state governor Ron DeSantis.
Gaetz could play the attack dog for DeSantis and eliminate other party members if there is a crowded Republican primary, like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did for Trump, when he attacked the senator of Florida Marco Rubio at a debate in New Hampshire in 2016.
Trump has not officially announced that he will run for president again in 2024, but has hinted that he will.