(NewsReady.com) – Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has risen to prominence over the last couple of years, even though he’s only served in the US House since 2017. Earlier this year, he was instrumental in the successful effort to take the speaker’s gavel away from Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Now, he’s issued a stark warning to House Republicans.
On December 3, two days after the House voted to expel Rep. George Santos (R-NY), Gaetz appeared on “The Charlie Kirk Show” podcast. The congressman discussed the decision to kick the conservative lawmaker out of the House, calling it the GOP’s “self-mutilation.” Santos became the sixth congressman in history to be booted from the lower chamber by a vote of 311-114.
During a floor debate on the issue of whether to expel Santos, whom the Republican-run Ethics Committee accused of stealing from his constituents to pay for Botox and Only Fans, Gaetz argued to keep the lawmaker in office. The Florida Republican argued that expelling Santos before he is found guilty in a court of law would “shatter” a precedent in Congress. Gaetz accused the Ethics Committee of doing “grave damage to [the] institution for many years to come.”
Gaetz told Charlie Kirk that the House GOP caucus is filled with 80-year-olds. He stated that if any of them “cross the rainbow bridge,” then conservatives “could literally lose the majority” because they expelled Santos.
Santos is currently under indictment by the Department of Justice for allegedly stealing from his campaign donors, committing fraud, and various other crimes. He’d managed to flip a Democratic district in 2022 when he was elected, but now that district is in danger of going blue again.
Republicans currently control the House 221 to 213, just three more seats than the 218 they need to lead the chamber. Gaetz called the decision “tactically freaking stupid” and argued that it wasn’t in line with precedent or due process to kick the New York lawmaker out of Congress before he was convicted.
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