Alleged child sex trafficker and Floridaman Matt Gaetz sucked up to Trump at another one of their ego-fests in Georgia last night, once again promising to make him Speaker of the House if we're all unfortunate enough to see Republicans take control following the midterm elections:
He's said this before, and he'll probably say it again.
If Republicans take the House in 2022, expect former President Donald Trump to be in play to be Speaker.
That was the vow reaffirmed Saturday night at a Trump rally in Commerce, Georgia.
Matt Gaetz, who represents Florida’s 1st Congressional District, was the sole out-of-state politician on a stage that included Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and other Trump-adjacent candidates.
“Give us the ability to fire Nancy Pelosi, take back the majority, and impeach Joe Biden, and I’m going to nominate Donald Trump for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives,” Gaetz said to cheers.
“There is no greater country than America! There is no greater President than Donald J. Trump! And if you don’t mind me saying so, there is not a better member of Congress than Marjorie Taylor Greene!”
Gaetz, of course, has been pushing for this for over a year, including at a Sarasota rally last year.
I agree with a good deal of Jason Easley's slant on this one:
Rep. Gaetz is going to have a difficult time nominating Trump if he is sitting behind bars for child sex trafficking.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is doing everything in his power to cater to Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, and the rest of the criminal element in his caucus, but at each turn, they keep sending McCarthy the message that he is not their choice for Speaker.
Matt Gaetz may be indicted for several felonies by the time that the next Speaker is nominated. Donald Trump will never be Speaker of the House because there are financial disclosure laws that apply to the Speaker that carry a penalty of five years in prison for each violation.
Matt Gaetz has been running a Trump for Speaker scam for a while. One suspects that he is doing it to court Trump’s favor so that Trump can get him out of federal prison if he ever returns to power.
I'm not holding my breath on ever seeing Trump wind up in prison, but Gaetz may be another story. I also don't believe concern about financial disclosures would prevent Trump from taking the job. He'd just break the law and thumb his nose at everyone, as he's been doing for most of his life already. I just think he wouldn't take it because he wouldn't want to do the work involved with the job.