Matt Gaetz has been savaged by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for referring to Jamie Raskin’s son’s suicide in an assault on the 6 January committee member.
He had a “poor haircut in a cheap suit,” was only in Congress because of his father’s wealth, and was no match for Mr Raskin, she said.
Because of his son’s suicide, Florida Republican Rep. Mr Raskin was in a dark place and “unable” to do his job, according to the Florida Republican.
“The country shouldn’t have to go through all that with him,” Mr Gaetz said on Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene’s programme.
He went on to explain that Mr Raskin’s judgement had been affected by the trauma of losing a child.
“What I’m concerned about with Raskin, in all seriousness,” Mr Gaetz said, “is that when individuals experience trauma, they often identify a lot of other things around that trauma with it, even if they don’t naturally or even reasonably associate.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, defended Raskin on Twitter, writing: “Rep Raskin is a finer statesman, politician, and human being than most of us.” He will be remembered in history.”
“Tommy was a fantastic guy and evidence of his parent’s love,” she said of Mr Raskin’s son, who died on New Year’s Eve 2020 at the age of 25.
“Gaetz is a poor haircut in a cheap suit, a marvel of mediocrity given that he’s here on papa’s money,” she said, referring to the Florida senator. Bye.”
“As a human being, our hearts go out to him,” Mr Gaetz said in a longer statement. But I believe he has associated that trauma with his work in Congress to the point where he is unable to conduct the congressional experience outside of the dungeon of that personal pain.”
He and Ms Greene both stated that they were in Congress to serve the people and to love their country.
“We’re not here out of a sense of grievance or animosity,” the Florida congressman remarked, referring to Mr Raskin. “America is something we adore.”
“And I think it does cloud his judgement, and you could see that that very darkness and that pain manifest on Thursday in a way that’s not particularly relevant to the challenges that we’ve talked about,” he continued, referring to tonight’s public hearing of the Capitol riot committee, on which Mr Raskin sits:
“And I think it does cloud his judgement, and you could see that that very darkness and that pain manifest on Thursday in a way that’s not particularly relevant to the challenges that we
“But it might be extremely pertinent to what he’s going through,” Mr Gaetz added. And the rest of the country shouldn’t have to deal with him.”
Reps. Gaetz and Raskin argued in a heated debate at a House Rules Committee hearing in October 2021 about Steve Bannon’s criminal referral.
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Mr Raskin pressed Mr Gaetz on whether he accepted Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election, to which the Republican responded that the Democrats’ obsession with January 6th was a ruse to cover their lack of progress in Congress.