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Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz has revealed that President Donald Trump has no intention of resigning or “leaving the public stage at all” after the chaos at the U.S. Capitol last week.
During an interview on Fox News, Gaetz told host Jon Scott that Trump remains the leader of people who believe America’s best days are still ahead, who support law enforcement and who “need to stand together and fight against a radical left-wing agenda that it appears that Joe Biden intends to usher in with unified control over the government, with the House and the Senate.”
“President Trump continues to be the most powerful, the most influential Republican on the planet Earth,” Gaetz added. “It’s my expectation that while he’ll be leaving the White House in several days when his term is lawfully complete, he will continue to weigh in on matters that are important to the tens of millions of Americans who voted for him, who believe that this election process that we went through in 2020 still deserves more scrutiny and who expect that there will still be a constituency of people fighting for the America First agenda.”
Gaetz then spoke about Democrats trying to impeach Trump before Jan. 20.
“This impeachment would be unnecessary, it would be divisive, and it’s only being done because Democrats want to keep the focus on President Trump,” Gaetz said. “You would think that with just nine to 10 days left in the Trump presidency for this term, you would have Democrats eager to focus on what Joe Biden would be bringing to the country, his exciting picks for the cabinet, but you see they have to continue to hold together a very fragile coalition by maintaining the focus on President Trump.”
The congressman urged Republicans to continue their focus on “election integrity,” including outside Washington, such as “inspiring state Legislatures to have strong voter identification requirements,” conducting investigations into the vote-by-mail system, and to not allow election officials to “deviate from the instructions that state Legislatures set on the running of elections and the selection of electors.”
Gaetz also addressed Big Tech’s removal of Trump from their platforms.
“We cannot live in a world where the terms of service on Twitter are more important than the terms laid out by our founding fathers in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights,” Gaetz said.
Gaetz said he is joining forces with Rhode Island Democrat Rep. David Cicilline to have “far more aggressive enforcement of our antitrust laws” in order to “reset the relationship between consumers and the digital platforms that they use.”
On Monday, House leaders will work to pass legislation that would force Vice President Mike Pence and the rest of the president’s Cabinet to oust Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment.
If it is blocked by Republicans, which is almost certain, the House will convene for a full House vote on Tuesday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats last week that the nation’s top military officer has told her there are steps in place that would prevent President Trump from firing nuclear weapons.