Rep. Gaetz On Objecting AZ Electoral Votes: “No Competition, Contest Or Election Can Be Deemed Fair If The Participants Are Subject To Different Rules”

[Image source: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)-- C-SPAN video screenshot.]

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Wednesday, objected on the House floor to Arizona’s 11 Electoral Votes, during a joint session, after the House and Senate reconvened from their recess due to a security threat, which was issued when Trump protesters breached the U.S. Capitol building.

The Florida congressman pointed out that the Commander in Chief Wednesday morning, “explicitly called for demonstrations and protests to be peaceful”, adding, “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”.

“We came here today to debate, to follow regular order, to offer an objection, to follow a process that is expressly contemplated in our Constitution,” Rep. Gaetz explained. “And for doing that, we got called a bunch of seditious traitors.”

“Now not since 1985, has a Republican president been sworn in, absent some democrat effort to object to the electors, but when we do it, it is the new violation of all norms. And when those things are said, people get angry,” he continued.

Mr. Gaetz noted that “it was wrong when people vandalized” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) home, adding, “It was wrong when thugs went to Senator Hawley’s home, and 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 some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters, there were masquerading as Trump supporters, and in fact, were members of the violent terrorist group antifa.”

A retired military officer told The Washington Times that the firm XRVision used its software to do facial recognition of protesters and matched two Philadelphia antifa members to two men inside the Senate. Continued Below

The source provided the photo match to The Times. One has a tattoo that indicates he is a Stalinist sympathizer. antifa promotes anarchy through violence and wants the end of America in favor of a Stalinist-state. “No more USA at all” is a protest chant. XRVision also has identified another man who, while not known to have antifa links, is someone who shows up at climate and Black Lives Matter protests in the West, as reported by The Washington Times.

“Now we should seek to build America up, not tear her down and destroy her. And I am sure glad, that at least for one day, I didn’t hear my Democrat colleagues calling to ‘defund the police,'” Rep. Gaetz also said on the House floor, prompting members in the chamber to stand and applaud his comments.

“I appreciate all the talk of coming together, but let us not pretend that our colleagues on the left have been free of some anti-Democratic impulses just because we signed on to legal briefs and asked courts to resolve disputes. There were some on the left who said that we should not even be seated in the body, that we ought to be prosecuted, maybe even jailed. Those arguments anger people, but people do understand the concepts of basic fairness,” he said. Continued Below

Rep. Gaetz went on to say that “no competition, contest, or election can be deemed fair if the participants are subject to different rules”.

“Baseball teams that cheat and steal signs should be stripped of their championships. Russian Olympians who cheat and use steroids should be stripped of their medals and states that do not run clean elections should be stripped of their electors,” the Florida congressman declared.

He alleged that the November Presidential Election was filled with “systematic fraud”, noting it was “repeated” and it was “the same system”, clarifying, “When Democrat operatives couldn’t get the outcomes they wanted in state legislatures … they went and pressured and litigated and usurped the Constitution with extra Constitutional action of some officials in some states”. Video Below

Rep. Gaetz also asserted that Democrat operatives “fraudulently laundered ballots, votes, voter registration forms,” adding, “And then, they limited review.”

“In 2016, Democrats found out they couldn’t beat Donald Trump at the ballot box with voters who actually show up, so they turned to impeachment and the witness box. And when that failed, they ran to the mail box, where this election saw an unprecedented amount of votes that could not be authenticated with true ID, with true signature match, and true confidence of the American people. Our Article III Courts have failed by not holding evidentiary hearings to weigh the evidence. We should not join in that failure. We should vindicate the rights of States, we should vindicate the subpoenas in Arizona that have been issued to get a hold of these voting machines, and we should reject these electors. I yield back,” Mr. Gaetz concluded.

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