Brendan Smialowski, Agence France-Presse
40, Florida — 1, R
A constitutional conservative and lifetime member of the NRA who has gained national attention for his enthusiastic defense of President Trump (and Britney Spears). In 2021, he faced a sex-trafficking charge, but still managed to be one of the House GOP’s biggest fundraisers.
Matt worked as a lawyer and later was elected to the Florida State House of Representatives.
Matt is currently serving this third term in the U.S. Congress. Since taking office, Matt has proved to be deeply conservative and has gained national attention for his fierce defense of President Trump (and Britney Spears). Last year, he faced a sex-trafficking charge, but still managed to be one of the House GOP’s biggest fundraisers. In other words, don’t be surprised when Matt makes headlines!
On Matt’s podcast, aptly named ‘Firebrand’ he went all-in on the legalization of drugs and all-out on the 1970 Controlled Substances Act that made marijuana more illegal than heroin. As one of the handful of Republicans who voted in favor of a comprehensive drug reform bill last year, he’s a little peeved at Dems who insist on having other equity provisions like record expungement, etc. in the bill. These measures, Gaetzy claims, could be prohibiting some real bipartisan movement.
Matt is about as pro-Trump as they come so it would make sense for his 2021 agenda to be centered around the former president. Matt was one of the Republican lawmakers to oppose the certification of the 2020 presidential election results and spoke on the House floor to make that known. Insisting that Trump’s defense team in the impeachment trial was shaping up to be inadequate, Matt said that “if the President called me and wanted me to go defend him on the floor of the Senate, that would be the top priority in my life.” Over the summer, Matt started fundraising off a promise for Trump to become Speaker of the House. Installing Trump as House Speaker was still on Matt’s mind in December, when he said at a press conference that he had spoken to Trump recently about the idea.
Matty MAGA-nificent (new nickname?) is an absolute pro at knowing how to dominate the headlines, even if it’s…what’s the word…Bonkers? Except what he’s bringing back into the ether is an idea previously floated which is actually possible: installing Trump as Speaker of the House. Should Republicans win control of Congress in the 2022 midterms, they would constitutionally speaking have the power to install whomever they chose as Speaker irrespective of whether or not said individual was an elected member of Congress. Yeah. Whoa. Matt claims he’s spoken with Trump about this idea and went further in saying that his far-right cadre of MTG and L-Boebs is very down to reclaim power. “And when we do,” Matt prefaced, “it’s not going to be the days of Paul Ryan.”
As many of us watched the Rittenhouse verdict be read, some thought that it would be the end of the book. But none other than our Surpriser in Chief, Matt Gaetz, said he believes that Rittenhouse is innocent and would consider hiring him as a congressional intern. But it looks like Matt has some competition with other PP Republican leaders Lauren Boebert (CO) and Madison Cawthorn (NC) who both offered a Congressional intern to him. Well, Mr. Rittenhouse, are you going to be working on the Hill?
38, Wisconsin — 8, R