Imagine a bar fight, but the patrons are all members of Congress. Who would you want on your side? According to one Republican former member, it wouldn’t be Matt Gaetz.
Denver Riggleman was a Republican member of the U.S. House, representing Virginia’s 5th Congressional district, from January 2019 until January 2021. He appeared on MSNBC to discuss some of the current Congressional experience, and began to discuss attacks on Liz Cheney (R-WY), alongside the current situation with Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
Former GOP Congressman says he'd take Liz Cheney over Matt Gaetz in a bar fight any day pic.twitter.com/yWewaTD9AA
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Ultimately, Riggleman paints Gaetz as a coward who would run and hide as soon as things got tough, and someone who can’t be relied on. By comparison, he says Cheney would stand shoulder-to-shoulder and one could count on her to be a reliable ally when the situation turned dangerous.
Cheney is under a lot of fire from her own party in recent months, after her vote in favor of impeaching then-President Donald Trump for inciting violence by provoking his supporters in the January attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Gaetz, too, is under some fire recently, although it’s for an entirely different reason, after it became public that he’s being investigated over connections that appeared to implicate him in sexual relationships with underaged teenagers. Before this all came out publicly, but after Gaetz himself knew of it, he reportedly was considering leaving Congress to pursue a career in media.
Now he’s running ads to combat the release of this information, declaring it all to be a blackmail attempt, and proclaiming his innocence.
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