Democrats, particularly far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are fuming over critical but honest and sincere concerns that Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz shared publicly about his left-wing colleague, Rep. Jamie Raskin.
Ocasio-Cortez is so mad, in fact, that she’s accused Gaetz of being nothing more than “a bad haircut in a cheap suit.” Never mind that her whole career in office has revolved around her fiercely critiquing her Democrat colleagues.
The drama began to unfold on Wednesday when, during an appearance on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s popular podcast, “MTG LIVE,” the congressman expressed his concerns about Raskin’s tragic but problematic fixation on his son’s suicide.
As previously reported, the Democrat lawmaker’s son committed suicide on New Year’s Eve 2020 after years of struggling with mental illness.
Listen to Gaetz’s honest remarks below, starting from the 25:23 mark:
“What I worry about with Raskin, in all seriousness, you know, when people encounter trauma, they often associate a lot of the other things around that trauma with it, even if they don’t naturally or even rationally associate. And what I worry about for the Congress and for Jamie Raskin, you know, no one would ever want to lose a child, particularly to suicide. As a human being, our hearts go out to him. But I think that he takes that trauma and he associates it now with his work in the Congress to such an interwoven way that he’s unable to kind of do the congressional experience outside of the dungeon of that personal trauma,” Gaetz said.
“And I think it makes him look at everything in very like dark and like severe ways, whereas we try to come to the job really to uplift people, and we love this country. We’re not here out of a sense of grievance or hatred. We love America, and we want to vindicate the rights of our citizens, and we want to champion their causes and battle their dislikes. But I think for Jamie Raskin, it’s really like, his service in the Congress has almost become like inextricably attached to this sad, personal trauma, and I think it does cloud his judgment,” Gaetz added.
As an example, he then pointed to this rant that Raskin delivered last week:
“And we could see that very darkness and that pain manifest on Thursday in a way that’s not particularly relevant to the challenges we’ve talked about, but that might be deeply relevant to what he’s going through. And the country shouldn’t have to go through all that with him,” Gaetz concluded.
Greene chimed in with her own thoughts, saying that though she feels for his pain, that doesn’t change her opinion of him.
“It’s a horrible thing what he went through but that doesn’t change the fact of his political beliefs. And I believe he’s a communist,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to Gaetz’s remarks the following afternoon.
“@RepRaskin is a greater statesman, Congressman, human being than most of us. History will remember him. Tommy was a remarkable person and testament of his parents’ love. Gaetz is a bad haircut in a cheap suit, a feat of mediocrity given that he’s here on papa’s money. Bye 👋🏽,” she tweeted around 4:44 pm Thursday.
.@RepRaskin is a greater statesman, Congressman, human being than most of us. History will remember him. Tommy was a remarkable person and testament of his parents’ love.
Gaetz is a bad haircut in a cheap suit, a feat of mediocrity given that he’s here on papa’s money. Bye 👋🏽 https://t.co/3S2cX40nO1
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 9, 2022
Following her rant, other Democrats began chiming in as well, though some of them chose to go after both Gaetz and Greene.
Rep. Jerry Nadler: “@RepRaskin is a wonderful father, a selfless public servant and an American hero in every sense of the word. Matt Gaetz should strive to be even half of the patriot and kindhearted human being that Mr. Raskin is.”
Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon: “Repulsive. It’s particularly rich to see two people who have no sense of their own roles and responsibilities as members of Congress badmouth @RepRaskin — a true patriot and public servant. @GOPLeader will you defend this too? Or just pretend you haven’t seen the clip?”
Rep. Eric Swalwell: “2 things: 1) Beavis & Butthead don’t deserve to work in the same building as a patriot like @jamie_raskin 2) I won’t let these fools dishonor the memory of Rep. Raskin’s son, Tommy. I just donated $250 to Tommy’s memorial fund to help people & animals.”
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: “This is disgusting. @RepRaskin is one of the smartest, most effective & most compassionate members of Congress & I’m proud to serve with him. Criticizing anyone for discussing the tremendous pain of losing a child is cruel. @mattgaetz should be ashamed and apologize immediately.”
Rep. Andy Levin: “@mattgaetz’s vile attack against our champion of democratic theory & practice, @jamie_raskin, dishonors the House & must be punished. I hope the irony of this assault on truth & decency occurring just as Jamie helps lead the defense of our constitutional order is lost on no one.”
Etc., Etc., Etc.
As of Friday morning, neither Gaetz nor Greene had responded to the left-wing backlash. If and when Gaetz does respond, it seems unlikely that his response will include an apology given how much blatantly dishonest trash Democrats have over the years talked about him …
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