Since the beginning of his term, few lawmakers have been more loyal to Donald Trump than Matt Gaetz. The Florida congressman is often seen at the President’s side, whether it be at the White House or the ballpark. Gaetz was even accused of threatening Michael Cohen shortly before the ex-Trump lawyer testified before congress.
That is why many were shocked on Thursday when the Florida lawmaker struck a blow to Trump by voting for the Democrats War Powers Resolution. According to the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, the vote was a blow to Trump that will take the President a while to understand.
During a floor speech, Gaetz claimed, “This resolution offers no criticism of the president, no critique. It doesn’t criticize the president’s attack on Soleimani. I take a back seat to no member of this body when it comes to defending the president.”
He continued, “If the members of our armed services have the courage to go and fight and die in these wars, as Congress, we ought to have the courage to vote for them or against them.”
Haberman discussed Gaetz’s move during an appearance on CNN Friday morning. The New York Times reporter said, “That speech from Matt Gaetz, the Republican who supports the president on the floor yesterday was very, very important. This is a president who ran against the Iraq War, ran as somebody who was going to get us out of the Middle East, who opposed George W. Bush’s use of intelligence. And those are some of the same questions being raised about his administration right now.
The CNN contributor completed her comments, “that speech hit him (Trump) where it hurts. Another thing here is that advisers say it’s not clear that the president understands that the fallout here will take weeks to fully understand.”