U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, possibly the most devoted congressman to President Donald Trump, concluded his questioning Wednesday afternoon with a hotheaded retort suggesting President Barack Obama – and not President Donald Trump – should be impeached.
“And you know what, if wiretapping a political opponent’s an impeachable offense, I look forward to the inspector general’s report ’cause maybe it’s a different president we should be impeaching,” Gaetz charged.
Matt Gaetz closes by threatening to … [quints at notes] …. impeach the ghost of President Obama pic.twitter.com/ppBjRCC9em
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 4, 2019
The Florida Congressman apparently has not been keeping up with the news, because the inspector general’s report will say that President Obama did not wiretap then-candidate Trump or Trump Tower.
Gaetz was widely mocked on social media, with one Twitter user asking, “Did Matt Gaetz actually threaten to retroactively impeach Obama?”
I’m sorry. I can’t even listen to anyone else right now. I’m in awe of the stupidity I just heard. Did Matt Gaetz actually threaten to retroactively impeach Obama? #MattGaetzIsATool #ImpeachmentHearing pic.twitter.com/HoEwR6jWgF
— Lindsey (@LindseyShawley) December 4, 2019
“They really think that Obama is still president don’t they?” mocked another user:
Did Rep. Matt Gaetz just insinuate that the president that should actually be impeached is Barack Obama?
They really think that Obama is still president don’t they?
— Abraham Gutman 🔥 (@abgutman) December 4, 2019
Matt Gaetz just threatened to impeach Obama. So, this is going well.
— Miles Kahn (@mileskahn) December 4, 2019
Gaetz wants to impeach Obama, I guess, which is fine with me if it means Obama is still President.
— Tom Hilton (@TVHilton) December 4, 2019
— Bryan Griffiths (@iambgriffs) December 4, 2019
Hey Matt Gaetz, are you also as outraged for the children kept in cages? What about when Republican staffers criticized Sasha and Malia Obama as being “classless”? I’m just trying to figure out where the line for outrage is here. #ImpeachmentInquiry
— Tiffany Valdes (@Tiffany_Valdes_) December 4, 2019
Yes, Matt Gaetz just now ended his question period, during which he yelled the entire time, by saying that we should be impeaching…..Obama. I am not making this up.
— I Am Not A Swan (@Oobleck999) December 4, 2019
Dumbass Matt Gaetz just said Congress should think about impeaching Barack Obama.
— Irishscribe (@satancstarfish) December 4, 2019
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Trump Winging It – Refuses ‘Traditional’ Debate Prep With Less Than 3 Weeks to Go
President Donald Trump has a long history of not preparing. He infamously refuses daily intelligence briefings – opting instead to have them on average once a week. His gross mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic is infamous – and due to lack of preparation and lack of listening to scientists.
Trump rarely follows the advice of the experts he has at his disposal, both as a sitting U.S. president and as the head of the Republican Party engaged in a challenging re-election campaign.
Now we learn Trump is eschewing the advice of political experts, and refusing “traditional debate prep” for the presidential debates, NBC News reveals. He has not participated in a single “mock” debate session. and has no plans to. The first debate is less than three weeks away.
“The president has dismissed the typical debate preparations he participated in four years ago, joking to aides and allies that he’s been preparing for debates since he was born,” according to NBC News. “His ability to fire back at an opponent in real time, he’s argued, ‘isn’t something you have to practice.'”
Trump is instead opting for “informal discussions” with allies and top administration officials. It’s unclear if using an administration official for the specific purpose of helping him with his political campaign would be a Hatch Act violation.
Privately, the president’s allies are worried, NBC notes. They don’t “think his casual approach is a wise strategy,” and are “are expressing concern that the president’s overconfidence could backfire.”
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh disagrees, saying: “I think if you ask the president, he would say that he is preparing for debates by running the country, as president.”
The first presidential debate is Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Bush Political Strategist Who Promised a Permanent Republican Majority Signs on to Advise Flailing Trump Campaign
Karl Rove, the “architect” of President George W. Bush’s re-election, who promised the Party a permanent Republican majority only to see it shattered four years later, has just signed on to advise the Trump campaign, according to Business Insider.
President Donald Trump is struggling with seniors. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is ahead of the President by double digits with seniors – a voting bloc Trump won handily in 2016.
Rove infamously drove Republicans to the polls in 2004 to help re-elect the president who supposedly embraced what he called “compassionate conservatism,” by arranging anti-same-sex marriage votes to drive voters to the polls. It worked, saddling America with four more years of Bush and 11 states that enshrined bans on marriage equality into their laws.
Read Business Insiders’ full report here (subscription required).
Watch: Trump Reveals He’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine
President Donald Trump stunned members of the press Monday afternoon when talking about hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he had been pushing as a cure for coronavirus.
“I happen to be taking it,” Trump said, repeating himself, then emphasizing, “I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine. Right now, yeah.”
The president says he’s been taking it for several weeks and added, “I think it’s good. I’ve heard a lot good stories. And if it’s not good, I’ll tell you right, I’m not going to get hurt by it.”
Studies show COVID-19 patients who took the drug were linked to a death rate twice as high as those who did not.
In others with coronavirus it has been linked to heart arrhythmia and death.
"I happen to be taking it … right now, yeah" — Trump claims he's taking hydroxychloroquine, a drug he's touted as a potential coronavirus treatment despite a lack of evidence that can lead to potentially fatal heart problems pic.twitter.com/zxiNxlyfEs
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 18, 2020
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