Congressman Matt Gaetz Explains Why He Voted With Democrats on War Powers Resolution…

Earlier today Republican representative Matt Gaetz espoused his support for a meaningless and non-binding war powers resolution; ridiculously constructed to give the appearance of preventing President Trump from starting a war the President has no plans to initiate.

It was optical theater, manufactured to deliver political damage…. and Gaetz supported it.  To justify his position, Gaetz appears with Tulsi Carlson to explain:

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486 Responses to Congressman Matt Gaetz Explains Why He Voted With Democrats on War Powers Resolution…

  1. MR52 says:

    For those that want to understand this, see
    03:31:59 in this video with Congressman Brain Mast. Someone that had his legs blown off. I am guessing that Getz is working with Trump on this to toll or Getz is just a showman. Not sure which.

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?467970-2/us-house-passes-resolution-limiting-military-action-iran-224-194&start=12719

    Text:
    “MAKE NO MISTAKE, MADAM SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION IS ABOUT THE KILLING OF SOLEIMANI. HE WAS A TERRORIST, NO DIFFERENT THAN AL-BAGHDADI, ZA CARY, OSAMA BIN LADEN, KHALID SHEIKH MOHAMMED. NO DIFFERENT THAN ISIS OR AL QAEDA. AND HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN, AND I KNOW MOST IN HERE HAVEN’T SEEN OR SMELLED OR TOUCHED THAT KIND OF DEATH, BUT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT IT. THEY WERE BURNED ALIVE INSIDE OF THEIR HUMVEES. THEIR LUNGS WERE SCORCHED BY THE FLAMES OF THE EXPLOSIONS. THE VEHICLE FRAGMENTED WERE BLOWN INTO THEIR SKULLS. SOME OF THEM WERE PARALYZED. SOME OF THEM HAD THEIR ARMS BLOWN OFF. SOME HAD THEIR LEGS BLOWN OFF. SOME WILL NEVER SEE AGAIN. SOME WILL NEVER BE RECOGNIZED AGAIN BY THOSE WHO KNEW THEM PREVIOUSLY. EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM, THEY WERE THE CREDIBLE EXPLANATION FOR DELETING THIS TERRORIST TARGET FROM OUR WORLD. AND NO DOUBT, IT IS DANGEROUS TO TAKE OUT A TERRORIST TARGET. BUT A COWARD IS SOMEBODY WHO LACKS THE COURAGE TO ENDURE DANGER. AND THIS IS THE FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE IN VOTING YES OR NO HERE. IF YOU VOTE NO, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT WE WOULD BE JUSTIFIED TO KILL 100 SOLEIMANIS FOR JUST ONE OF OUR HEROES THAT HAVE BEEN KILLED BY HIM. AND THE DANGER WOULD BE WORTH IT. FOR THOSE WHO VOTE YES, THEY SEE THAT HE’S KILLED HUNDREDS OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS BUT CAN STILL NOT FIND THE JUSTIFICATION TO KILL HIM BECAUSE UNLIKE OR FALLEN HEROES, THEY LACK THE COURAGE TO ENDURE DANGER. I YIELD BACK. ”

    Writeup on Mast:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3939692/Inspirational-story-Brian-Mast-36-year-old-military-vet-Harvard-grad-lost-legs-Afghanistan-congressman-winning-swing-state.html

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  2. scslayer says:

    Gaetz getting pummeled on talk radio…me thinks he’ll be issuing a statement soon.

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  3. DonnyVee says:

    Is he posturing for a gig at Fox?

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  4. ledygrey says:

    Matt Gaetz was on Warroom: Impeachment for the full hour this morning explaining his vote. Everyone should give it a listen:
    https://warroom.org/

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    • ledygrey says:

      I should add that I found it a very thoughtful discussion and worth listening to whether you agree with his vote or not. I bet almost everyone would at least agree with his position on our endless unconstitutional war in the Middle East (same as President Trump’s fwiw.) A gutsy vote either way.

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    • Sammy Hains says:

      I have no interest in hearing anything Matt Gaetz has to say ever again.

      Liked by 6 people

      • MaineCoon says:

        Yep. Shot himself in the foot today and stabbed our President in the back after he has supported him a lot publicly.

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        • Judith says:

          Notice how their actions speak louder than their words. After they handed over the House to Democrats for cover, CONservatives certainly made lots of *noise,* as expected. But they’re still not *doing* what needs to be done. Empty suits. Posers all.

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  5. Harry says:

    I expected SD to be much more harsh on Gaetz as this vote was totally out of line considering his support for Trump so far. Under any circumstances, no one should should vote with Pelosi who just impeached the greatest president of this country. It is shame on getz. Sorry no other way to sugar coat it. Hope SD forcefully state the same.

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  6. Philip Faustman says:

    Gaetz is a fool. After all the great things he did he does this? Our commander in chief has the authority to take out terrorists according to the constitution. Obama ordered the most air strikes of any President and Democrat’s were fine with it. So what changed? Trump is President. They hate him so much they are willing to destroy anything (including our country) to make him look bad. He could invent the cure for cancer and Democrat’s would deny it. The evil in our government, media and academia is repulsive and disgusting. The rule of law only applies to certain people not the elite Democrat’s as we see Hillary and Obama and many others get off scot free. Democrat’s are the guilty criminals but Republican’s are falsely accused yet still vilified as criminals without any evidence. It’s no wonder so many people are Sheeple given what they see on the idiot box every day 24/7/365. Children are taught to hate everything about America preschool through college degree. Hollywood and sports athletes showing how stupid they are as well. Leftism is the cancer. Conservatism is the cure. The rest is up to God to sort out as the sheeple refuse to self educate themselves.

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  7. Harry says:

    His analysis of pro and anti-war is a lame excuse. Trump is never pro-war but he will destroy enemy if he has to. This resolution is not about pro or anti-war. This resolution is to show people that trump might be abusing his power and congress must warn him. gaetz went with that propaganda.

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    • LULU says:

      Gaetz’s notion that somehow President Trump was being “slow walked” to war by some around him was insulting to the President. He, unlike Gaetz, is no fool. Like many others, Gaetz takes the simplistic approach toward President Trump. There is nothing simple about President Trump. He plays a long game. Something those who live within the 24 hour news cycle won’t ever understand.

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    • tacocat43 says:

      Precisely, Harry.

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  8. Sherri Young says:

    Apparently Matt Gaetz is subject to the same problem as Solomon. It seems he is dating Cassandra Fairbanks.

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  9. GB Bari says:

    I’d certainly accept an apology from Gaetz if within that apology it’s clear that he understands WHY his attempt to stand on principles was at best poorly timed and otherwise provided justifiable ammo to the DemonRATs and their MSM allies while simultaneously showing DISunity with fellow Republicans and politically undermining the President.

    If he doesn’t make it clear that he understands that NOT doing all of that should have been a higher priority than taking some maverick stand on a principle and supporting Pelosi’s sham, then I cannot support him.

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    • Maquis says:

      This.

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    • LULU says:

      It was foolish and caused me to return to my original assessment of Matt Gaetz. He goofed. Bigly.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Life isn’t that simple anymore in today’s political world against our president.

      He contemplated and knew exactly what he was doing. He just either misjudged the huge blowback or doesn’t care. What he made absolutely clear he is yet another R who will vote contrary to what his constitutes want. Military people are avid pro-Trump supporters.

      I see his decision as a major flaw in his character, lack of wisdom, knowledge, lack of loyalty to a President who has promoted him bigly (see Gaetz FB page…all the photos, AF1, etc.).

      Nope. The consequence of his action is what it should be…a deaf ear to him. He’s two-faced and disloyal.

      Plus, any “apology” is not because he’s sorry, he’s just sorry he caught being two-face, disloyal and we deplorables aren’t going to cozy up to him again. He doesn’t deserve our loyalty.

      PDJT will handle him.

      JMO.

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  10. Rotor says:

    This isn’t Matt Gaetz’s first strike. He also opposes the Presidents environmental and energy policy.

    Per James Taylor of the Heartland Institute, at wattsupwiththat.com
    … a small number of congressional Republicans are vigorously pushing a Green New Deal-Lite.
    … this cadre of Republicans is attempting to sell out President Donald Trump and his conservative voting base on the signature political issue of the day. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.)—is drafting a “Green Real Deal” as a 10-percent-less alternative to Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.
    … the American Action Forum determined the Green New Deal’s energy components would cost Americans $12.3 trillion…
    Ultimately, Gaetz, Alexander (R-TN), and their small cadre of Republican climate alarmists are seeking to undermine the conservative Republican voter base and Trump on one of his most important policy principles. Their betrayal of Trump and the conservative Republican base will almost certainly—and justly—come back to haunt them.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/04/17/republicans-green-new-deal-lite-is-political-suicide/

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    • jmuniz1 says:

      He Tried but our New Governor Ron Desantis funded by our President killed Gaetz new deal. He voted for Jeb in the Primary and than voted for our President. He also campigned for Adam Putnam who is another establishment nevertrumper. Desantis killed both of those deals and our President had to move to Florida watch Desantis who has been a pleasant suprise. I live in Florida they love our President and our Governor. Trump 2020 and Desantis 2024.

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      • jmuniz1 says:

        I meant Gaetz voted for Jeb not Desantis. He voted for Our President in the Primary and the general. If it not had been for our President Andrew Gillum would be our Governor. The Bushes hate our President and his voters.

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  11. Nathan says:

    I almost spit my drink up when I read “Tulsi Carlson”

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  12. Donzo says:

    Few if any predicted we’d be in Afghanistan 18 years later, but if we needed to get congressional approval to hunt down the terrorists involved in 9/11 there no saying it would have passed in 2001.

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  13. Lewis says:

    There was nothing to gain by voting for this except political posturing. That is what Gaetz gained, and that is what Pelosi gained. If this was something that could be enforced against democrats later, then there would be an argument for supporting it. However, democrats will do a 180 on their opinion the second a democrat is elected.

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  14. litlbit2 says:

    Just thinking Ukraine type payments are passed through many vehicles, it’s when the threats become realized hidden attitudes become exposed. “For the Greater Good”. MAGA/KAG 2020

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  15. Sean Supsky says:

    Well, this story has certainly gotten the past 72 hours out of the news cycle

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  16. Cyberfoy says:

    Always support your president when he kills a terrorist. Politics 101

    Liked by 3 people

  17. MAGADJT says:

    Note to recent conservative tv ‘stars’. We trust President Trump. We don’t support you for your own political ideology; we support you because you support and have the back of President Trump.

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  18. LULU says:

    Rather gauzy, Mr. Gaetz. Disappointing. Your gesture will be racked up by the Dems as another Dem victory. Pfffft.

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    • JImmy says:

      exactly. His excuse was so lame. Trump is not pro-war president but he will take down enemies if the enemy think restraint as weakness. Trump knows how to draw red line and seek a deal. Matt fell into pelosi trap at a wrong time.

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  19. cattastrophe says:

    Gaetz was wrong, I get that, but never lose sight of our over all goal and that is to give President Trump a stronger majority in the Senate and a firm majority in the House. Nothing must deter us from that goal and here is why.

    The Dems have a “devious plan” with regards to impeachment and it has nothing to do with removing Trump from office.
    Gowdy says Dems know they can’t beat President Trump so they’re going to “cripple” his second term.
    https://www.waynedupree.com/trey-gowdy-trump-imepachment/

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  20. MaineCoon says:

    Okay, I know Hannity can be a pain sometimes, but today he was a good pain. On the radio he said he told Gaetz he didn’t understand his vote (or agree with it) and he said Gaetz didn’t care what he said! I think Hannity was a little surprised by it. Anyway, his entire audience heard that comment and he wasn’t being nasty, just making the comment.

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    • JImmy says:

      Perhaps Matt is getting little more arrogant thinking president is supporting him because he talked tough on impeachment. However, a show vote (with pelosi) like this is not helping the cause. he must understand.

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      • LULU says:

        That could be. Matt’s father broke the waves for him for quite a while, as I recall reading. That caused me to initially have a negative feeling about Matt. Then he began to support our President and to speak out when other Republicans remained painfully mute. So I assumed a change of heart. It could also have been a suckup to PDJT. That said, PDJT undoubtedly pays more attention to actions than words, so he already knows what Gaetz did. Duly noted. And PDJT has a memory like an elephant.

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  21. Tulsi Carlson = comedy gold, Jerry.

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  22. PinotNoir says:

    Spin up front was nauseating. Bottom line is Matt just gave aid and comfort to the enemy. Be a man of principle when you are among principled men. Your democrat colleagues are unprincipled,

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  23. Chiefco says:

    Bottom Line: Based on Gaetz’s statement, He does not think the President of The United States currently has the ability to know the difference between War and responding to an fast moving attack/threat to the United States by a known terrorist (Embassy). The President had the shot and he took it.

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  24. jmuniz1 says:

    Put them all in jail Mr. President. Im sick of both parties lies. When Obama was President they did nothing. Our President is electing by millions of Americans and they tell him what to do. They are protecting themselves from letting Obama do illegal wars in Lybia Egypt and other countries with Clinton. Im voted for President Trump in 2020.

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  25. MNBV says:

    It was an ineffective resolution, a pretend resolution that means nothing except posturing by Democrats….. yet you didn’t have the President’s back in difficult times, Matt.
    Let’s hope you get replaced next election cycle.

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  26. jmuniz1 says:

    He Tried but our New Governor Ron Desantis funded by our President killed Gaetz new deal. He voted for Jeb in the Primary and than voted for our President. He also campigned for Adam Putnam who is another establishment nevertrumper. Desantis killed both of those deals and our President had to move to Florida watch Desantis who has been a pleasant suprise. I live in Florida they love our President and our Governor. Trump 2020 and Desantis 2024.

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  27. LULU says:

    Ron DeSantis is a grownup. Matt Gaetz is still a relative kid when it comes to politics and world affairs. Callow.

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  28. bored identity says:

    “Tulsi Carlson”

    Gee, Sundance.

    Jumpin’ the neocon-sharks infested Swamp…just like that.

    What’s next;

    Jumpin’ with Mitch, Marco & Lindsey from one vine to another until The Tree’s canopy collapses in open?

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  29. Matt Gaetz has some very important things to say!

    The Republican vs. Democrat thing is all wrong as it should be Our Constitution vs. Everything Else.

    A Constitutional Republic vs. a Democracy or whatever.

    Our Constitution is short and easy for everyone to understand. It even comes with many instructions from those who actually wrote it.

    “The Congress shall have Power … To declare War,” — Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of Our Constitution

    “In Pursuance thereof; … shall be the supreme Law of the Land;” — Article VI, Clause 2 (The Supremacy Clause) of Our Constitution

    “No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid.” — Federalist #78

    The War Powers Act, is NOT “in Pursuance thereof” AND is contrary to Our Constitution.

    Our Congress is shirking their responsibility. Our Congress then blames Our POTUS for doing their job that THEY unlawfully passed on to the POTUS.

    Our Congress even allowed Our last POTUS to be an usurper POTUS! Pelosi signed off on 0bama as eligible.

    The only way to amend Our Constitution (except Our Bill-of-Rights as they are Untouchables) is through Article V of Our Constitution.

    Our government has been way out-of-wack for a long time. I do not CONSENT!

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    • Doreen says:

      Killing a terrorist is not declaring war.

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    • MNBV says:

      What rubbish.
      The terrorist General kill was not a Declaration of War.
      Anymore than the Bin Laden kill was a Declaration of War against Saudi or Pakistan.

      If you and Matt have difficulty with that , don’t think I can help anymore.

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      • You must have a reading comprehension disorder.

        Our Framers wrote Our Constitution in a way that even you should be able to understand.

        If you have difficulty with Our Constitution then you are part of the problem.

        Our Constitution must be Enforced, Respected and Restored!

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        • MNBV says:

          Look up the phrase “Declaration of War”. Any dictionary will do.
          It has nothing to do with targeting terrorists.
          SCOTUS agrees that targeting terrorists does not require a D of W.
          See the actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria for confirmation of that.
          You very silly billy.

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          • Nothing you are saying has anything to do with what I wrote.

            Congress shirking their responsibilities has been going on for many years.

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            • MNBV says:

              ?
              Gaetz has been activated by the death of a terrorist General. Somehow confusing that with requiring a D of W, the President has vast powers to put troops where he wants without a D of W.
              Getting it yet?

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              • “Gaetz has been activated by the death of a terrorist General.”

                What does that even mean? activated?

                I’m glad the terrorist General is dead! Matt’s probably glad the terrorist General is dead. Are you getting it yet?
                ——-
                Maybe this will help you:

                “Matt Gaetz has taken a lot of crap for voting in the affirmative on this resolution.

                Here’s the thing: He’s right, no matter whether or not you happen to agree with Trump hitting Iran.

                The simple fact of the matter is that Congress has repeatedly refused to put on the table a strong war resolution when we have engaged in actual hostilities. They refused to do it in Iraq the second time, they’ve refused with Afghanistan, they’ve refused in our involvement in multiple other “skirmishes” and they’ve refused to do so in the context of our current operations both in the Middle East and elsewhere. While you can argue that we’re not at “war” in those places and weren’t in many cases you’re kidding yourself — there have been hundreds of Americans that have come home in bags and thousands who have rotated back home missing an arm, leg or otherwise seriously injured. The last time I checked if you’re in the military and get shot at or blown up you probably would consider that “war.” I know I would.

                So putting Congress on the seat and telling them to do their ****ing job under the Constitution is a good thing, not a bad one.” — Karl Denninger

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                • MNBV says:

                  Give me strength….none of this has anything to do at all with Congress Declaring / Not declaring war on anyone.
                  Careful what you wish for, if Congress declares War on any country that should mean the absolute relentless destruction of that country until surrender.
                  The US population aren’t up for that any more. Not in Iraq, not in Afghanistan.
                  Your Congress and War stuff is just fabulist paperwork.

                  Try and concentrate, without the death of General Sol, there is no Democrat resolution in the House, without the Democrat resolution vote, Gaetz would not have been activated to betray the President.
                  He’d be still thought of as someone who had the Don’s back. Be interesting to see how this Trump quisling goes next election.

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    • martyb59 says:

      I agree, the War Powers Act of 1973 was unconstitutional! This latest War Powers act is unconstitutional as well, if it had any teeth to it that is. It infringes on the president’s powers. The president does have unilateral power, as Commander in Chief, to direct military action when necessary… Only in a proclamation of war does congress need to be involved.
      IMO, The resolution was toothless and Matt Gaetz was foolish to support it. I told him earlier today, in a tweet, that he was a rising star, but that star just faded and sunk.
      I actually much preferred Florida’s Democratic Congresswoman Murphy’s statement, she is a leader of the Blue Dog Coalition and former national security specialist at the Department of Defense. She voted against the resolution and voiced concerns the measure would limit potentially necessary response to aggressions against the United States.“There is no question Qassem Soleimani met his just end. While Americans may have different views on the timing and wisdom of the strike on Soleimani, the United States now faces new and evolving threats from Iran and its proxies—and tens of thousands of American service members and other personnel remain in harm’s way. We must be prepared to act swiftly, proportionally, and effectively to keep America and our allies safe,” she said in a statement,

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      • Yes! The resolution was not only toothless, but a complete waste of time. Our House that is supposed to be representing US are exposing themselves as the Anti-Constitution morons that they truly are. They are wasting Our time and have not been following Our Instructions for a long time.

        Our Instructions are very clearly written in Our Constitution. We gave them specific tasks (enumerated powers), then told them that they can’t do anything else.

        Matt Gaetz used the foolishness of Our House as an opportunity to make some very valid points. Not against Trump, but against Our Congress that has been seriously violating Our Constitution for many years.

        The standard should not be Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, Trump or anything else. The standard and loyalty must only be to Our Constitution. We are supposed to be a Constitutional Republic. Many call US a Democracy.

        Since the successful 0bama coup/putsch of 2008, we now have some kind of free-for-all government. Anything can be expected. This must be corrected! We can’t just move on.

        I’m hoping Trump corrects this in his second term.

        Our Constitution solves ALL of our problems only ***IF*** Enforced, Respected and Restored.

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  30. Pegon Zellschmidt says:

    I’ll go with Mark Levin on this one, Code Pink Gaetz.

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  31. LULU says:

    After Rep. Matt Gaetz circulated an email to all other Republican members urging them to vote to curb Trump’s Iran power, other Republicans fought back, private emails show. Gaetz was ratted out to White House. POTUS not happy. https://t.co/sqreiqNJdn

    — Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) January 11, 2020

    https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/trump-fiercely-complained-about-republican-matt-gaetz-as-iran-expands-rare-fissures-in-the-gop-washington-post/

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