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‘Combative’ Matt Gaetz went from ‘serious’ to spreading ‘despicable lies and smears’ to get ahead in the GOP

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) used to be a “serious” congressman from a political dynasty — but has taken to spreading lies in defense of President Donald Trump.

The New York Times reported that when he was a Florida state legislator in Tallahassee, Gaetz had a reputation as “a serious, if combative, legislator who played an instrumental role” in killing Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

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He touts being “on the pro-science side of the Republican Party” and wears his passion for animal rights on his sleeve, the Times‘ Glenn Thrush reported, adding that Gaetz also worked with Democrats to push marijuana legalization and overturn a ban on same-sex adoption in the Sunshine State.

He’s since pivoted to, as Michael Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis said, spreading “despicable lies and personal smears.”

Davis’ comments came in February after Gaetz attacked Cohen on Twitter in what many considered witness intimidation ahead of the former Trump attorney’s public hearing before Congress.

The comments even led Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), the former governor of Florida who worked closely with Gaetz on the Medicaid expansion block, to call the congressman’s rhetoric “disgusting.” Gaetz later apologized, though he admitted that he “wanted to cast [Cohen] in a bad light.”

GOP consultant Ryan Wiggins, an operative who worked on Gaetz’s first congressional campaign, said he suspects the congressman “probably enjoys the reactions he gets when he makes people’s heads explode on the national stage.”

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Read the entire profile via the Times.


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Three right-wing ‘boogaloo’ militants arrested on terrorism charges in Las Vegas: report

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On Wednesday, federal prosecutors announced that three far-right militants with ties to the "boogaloo" movement have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in Las Vegas, according to The Seattle Times.

"Federal prosecutors say the three white men with U.S. military experience are accused of conspiring to carry out a plan that began in April in conjunction with protests to reopen businesses closed because of the coronavirus and later sought to capitalize on protests over the death of a Minneapolis man in police custody," reported Michelle Price and Scott Sonner.

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‘Trump became what we feared’: New Lincoln Project ad accuses Trump of using the Bible as a prop to boost his polls

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A brutal new ad from the GOP group The Lincoln Project called "War Zone" is attacking President Donald Trump for becoming what Americans have feared he would.

He didn't come out of hiding this week to help calm the nation or to bring Americans together.

"He wasn't there to offer words of calm and comfort," the ad said. "Instead, he became what we all feared. Evoked the worst of our past. Threatened our governors and states. He ordered our own soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan to flood the streets, instructing them to turn against Americans. Used churches and the Holy Bible as political props. He didn't invoke the Lord to give us wisdom, but to boost his polls."

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James Mattis takes swipe at Trump: We have gone ‘three years without mature leadership’

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On Wednesday, The Atlantic reported that President Donald Trump's former Defense Secretary James Mattis has written a furious condemnation of the president, saying he is incapable of "mature leadership" and accusing him of deliberately trying to turn Americans against one another.

“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” wrote Mattis, according to the article. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand — one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values — our values as people and our values as a nation ... We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”

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