U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz,

Rep. Gaetz Says He’s Willing To Give Rep. Omar Leeway Because She Sometimes Acts “America First”

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who was at risk of being punched out during the contentious debate over electing the speaker of the House, thinks Americans ought to see more such scenes on television.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (TFP File Photo, FB)

The House today will vote on whether left-wing, anti-Semitic Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar keeps her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

New GOP House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has already lost three Republican votes, as Reps. Nancy Mace, Victoria Spartz, and Ken Buck have said they will vote to let her stay on. They claim Republicans should not practice “cancel culture,” even though former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats did that to Republicans.

But McCarthy may also lose Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida.

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Newsmax reported on Tuesday that the Fort Walton Beach Republican suggested he’s willing to cut Omar some slack because she is critical of the neocons’ foreign policy.

Gaetz said he supports McCarthy’s decision to boot California Democrats Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell off the Intelligence Committee. Omar, however, may have some redeeming value, despite her far-left leadings and hatred of Israel.

“I view the Schiff and Swalwell matter somewhat differently than I view the Ilhan Omar matter,” Gaetz said in an interview that actually took place Monday night. “Ilhan Omar didn’t lie about our intelligence agencies. She didn’t say that [former President Donald] Trump was a Russian agent based on information from a particular committee that was just totally bogus.”

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He added that he thinks Republicans want to oust Omar simply “because they don’t like what she has to say.”

Gaetz was adamant that he remained undecided headed into Wednesday’s vote. But much like his colleagues, Gaetz indicated he didn’t like the way Democrats turned on his “friend and colleague,” Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

“It’s one thing to do dangerous things to the country with intelligence.

It’s quite another to say I don’t like your viewpoint, and thus I want to remove you,” Gaetz told Newsmax.

The congressman suggested Omar was entitled to due process.

“If they think that she’s brought discredit on the House, there is actually a House rule where there can be an ethics investigation, and there can be a resolution with due process,” he said.

“Sometimes there is a view on foreign policy that isn’t to invade everywhere and try to turn every foreign land into a Jeffersonian democracy, and there are times Ilhan makes those arguments and there are arguments that at times aligned with America first foreign policy,” said Gaetz.

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