On Thursday, tensions erupted between Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and the father of a slain Parkland student.
The grieving father was attending a hearing on gun violence prevention. Gaetz said illegal immigrants were a bigger safety concern than guns, prompting Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin was gunned down during the Parkland shooting, to yell “That’s not true.” Gaetz had him escorted out.
Another Florida representative, Michael Waltz (R-FL) tried to defend his colleague’s actions, while simultaneously making the case for a wall.
“Well, look, first, Brianna, let me say that I’m the father of a 15-year-old girl. I can certainly and deeply sympathize with the Parkland parents. And just where they are emotionally and where they are on this issue. Certainly that entire incident breaks my heart.”
He then tried to make the case that further gun regulations aren’t necessary—before pivoting to the need for a wall. “I think we need to enforce the laws on the books before we get to these other issues.”
“What I think and this is what the president has said and what I have said is that barriers are a proven way to slow down and deter illegal immigration,” Waltz said. “I think that’s just common sense.”
“I’m not going to get at this one or that one.”
He then argued that Gaetz should not have been expected to know the identity of the Parkland father.
“I don’t think you can reasonably expect a member of Congress to know everyone who’s in the audience or to memorize faces.”
‘This is an ethical train wreck!’ Ex-GOP lawmaker gets demolished for defending Trump’s shameless corruption
Former Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) on Monday went down in flames after he tried to defend President Donald Trump's widely criticized gambit to host next year's G7 summit at his own golf course in Doral, Florida.
Even though Duffy acknowledged that the optics surrounding the president's decision to award his own business a government contract to host the G7 were poor, he said that he didn't believe there was anything ethically wrong with the initiative. He also tried to claim that Trump has somehow been victimized by getting elected to be the most powerful man in the world.
"Donald Trump doesn't take a salary," he said. "He gives his money away. His businesses have lost business, you know, Ivanka Trump has lost her line of shoes at Nordstrom. He's lost his line of clothing at Macy's!"
Ex-Trump staffer: Mulvaney needs to resign and get himself a good lawyer
Appearing on CNN's "New Day," former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci suggested acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney resign immediately and lawyer up due to his complicity in Donald Trump's Ukraine phone call seeking dirt on Joe Biden.
Ostensibly brought on to talk about his plan to attempt to draft Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) to run against Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination, Scaramucci -- who host John Berman jokingly noted only lasted 11 days in his White House job -- admitted that he was a fan of Mulvaney, but that he has put himself in a bad place.
Trump is at the mercy of GOP senators as he faces impeachment: ‘The balance of power has shifted’
Speaking with CNN hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, former Clinton administration spokesperson Joe Lockhart said Donald Trump is in a very bad place now that he is facing an all-but-certain impeachment trial and needs the support of every Republican lawmaker he can round up.
Noting that the president dropped his plans to hold the G7 summit at one of his golf resorts, reportedly after being pressured by GOP lawmakers, Lockhart said Trump's acquiescence -- when normally he would have ignored their advice -- demonstrates there is a new dynamic at play for the first time since Trump became president.