Matt Gaetz Says We Need Better Candidates (But He Might Run Anyway)

Matt Gaetz is considering a run for President in 2024 even as he declares that his party needs better candidates. Still, he seems to be hanging his own run not only on Donald Trump sitting this one out, but on Joe Biden being too worn out at the end of a four-year term to beat him.

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Speaking about the Republican Party, and what he referred to as the “Tea Party Playbook from 2021,” Gaetz said, “We need better candidates. We need a more inspired message. We need the grassroots to show up.” He quickly segued into tropes about “big tech oligarchs” and being “silenced” by “cancel culture,” and attacks on Republicans who don’t stand with Trump.

Despite this, he also hinted to the New York Post that he would consider running in 2024, if Donald Trump doesn’t.

Even so, Gaetz rehashed the unsupported conspiracy theories that Biden is suffering from some unspecified physical or mental conditions that will cause him to deteriorate in the next few years. That is, rather than suggesting he could beat a strong opponent, he painted Biden as a weak one who he’s “sure [he] could defeat.”

Emphasis added in the quote below:

“I support Donald Trump for president. I’ve directly encouraged him to run and he gives me every indication he will. If Trump doesn’t run, I’m sure I could defeat whatever remains of Joe Biden by 2024.”

Donald Trump may not run in 2024, as he’s facing a lot of legal problems. However, Matt Gaetz could also be facing some difficulties — his friend and associate Joel Greenberg has accepted a plea deal and in return, reportedly given prosecutors names and information about other adult men who joined him in his crimes, which include sex trafficking of a minor. Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing.

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