Rep. Matt Gaetz had Democrats fuming after a feisty floor speech following the protests at the US Capitol.
Democrats and the media were fuming after Gaetz said, “I’m sure glad that at least for one day, I didn’t hear my Democrat colleagues calling to defund the police!”
JUST IN: Rep. Matt Gaetz gives House floor speech that earns him boos and applause: “I’m sure glad that at least for one day, I didn’t hear my Democrat colleagues calling to defund the police!” pic.twitter.com/4V5vKeIKzv
— The Hill (@thehill) January 7, 2021
“This morning, President Trump explicitly called for demonstrations and protests to be peaceful. He was far more — you can moan and groan — but he was far more explicit about his calls for peace than some of the BLM and left-wing rioters were this summer when we saw violence sweep across this nation,” Gaetz said.
“I don’t know if the reports are true, but the Washington Times has just reported some pretty compelling evidence from a facial-recognition company showing that some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters,” Gaetz said. “They were masquerading as Trump supporters. And in fact, they were members of the violent terrorist group, Antifa.”
The congressman from Florida denounced the violence saying, “America is not a country where political violence is acceptable.”
Once the Capitol building was secure the joint session of Congress continued and early Thursday morning around 3:30 am the Congress certified the election declaring Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 Presidential election.
Shortly after the joint session was adjourned President Trump issued a statement declaring there will be a peaceful transition of power.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump wrote in a statement.
The President’s Twitter account was suspended for 12 hours after he posted a video asking protestors that infiltrated the Capitol building to leave. The statement was released by Dan Scavino, the President’s Deputy Chief of Staff.
…fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
— Dan Scavino🇺🇸🦅 (@DanScavino) January 7, 2021