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My newest hero is Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA.) He graciously yielded the floor to Matt Gaetz, when discussing the topic of police reform. Gaetz then proceeded to pick a fight and then Richmond took back the floor and let Gaetz have it. Thank God this is on tape. This is elegant. Richmond never lost his cool for a moment and he totally undercut Gaetz’ usual childish antics, which one can only presume was aimed at becoming a Fox News soundbite. Generally speaking, when the likes of Gaetz, Jim Jordan, or Devin Mad Cow Nunes open their traps, an appearance on the ten o’clock news is the goal and the procedure is:

1.Disrespect the office they were elected to,

2. disrespect the topic on the floor,

3. provide something cringe worthy enough to excite the base.

I don’t think this will end up on Fox, but you be the judge.

This is only a little over two minutes. It starts with Richmond talking about “unconscious bias” which could “at worst” be “conscious bias.” That drew Gaetz to ask for the floor and say, “I appreciate your passion. Are you suggesting that you’re certain none of us have non-white children? Because you reflected on your black son…” said Gaetz. And then it went off the rails until Gaetz pounded the table and cried out, “Who the hell do you think you are?”

Richmond is a gentleman and Gaetz is a contentious cracker. That’s the size of it.

This is no big deal by today’s standards. because in the era of Trump, the bottom has fallen out of civil discourse, even in Congress. In early spring of 2017, John McCain made headlines when he confronted Rand Paul openly and said, “The Senator from Kentucky is working for Vladimir Putin,” over a dispute whether Montenegro should be admitted to NATO. If you look at the clip today, it’s nothing, compared to what we have seen in Congress since that time. The erosion of our norms is tragic, and it is a product of the age of Trump.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I have read a lot of comments on different news and opinion sites and the consensus seems to indicate that generally, people think that Mat Gaetz is a Tool although a few people did counter with that’s incorrect because tools are useful and after seeing this video and the way that Gaetz reacted to a genuine appeal for matters not related to the issue at hand be discussed at a later date rather than slowing the process of the discussion of a very front and center topic, I will agree with the majority of people that Matt Gaetz is in fact a tool as the way he responded was totally uncalled for and it almost appears that he loves the sound of his own voice, he’d be the only one.

    • Yeah he just wanted to change the subject but he just proved that the subject needs to be addressed in the congress before you even begin discussing it as in regards to police reform.

  2. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, what’s most disturbing is there are actually people who would elect a complete idiot like gaetz.

  3. Somebody finally owned him. Ever since that stupid stunt on the hearings he’s been standing tall as a trump idiot. I am glad this man got a chance to own him. That just made my day.

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