On Sunday, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz made a rare appearance on a network other than Fox News to defend the NRA-backed notion that arming teachers is somehow a more reasonable response to our nation's mass shootings than, say, just making it harder for maniacs to buy weapons of war.
While appearing on MSNBC's AM Joy With Joy Reid, the Republican junior congressman became visibly uncomfortable when he wasn't served his usual Fox News softballs, and began to resemble what appeared to be just three wriggling kids stacked on top of each other in a grown man's suit.
This was most apparent when Gaetz continued to hammer his point that schools would somehow be safer with more and more guns. "Have you ever taken live fire, sir?" Reid asked Gaetz, to which the congressman responded, "Sure."
"Have you?" Reid continued. "Has anyone ever shot at you?"
"No," Gaetz then admitted, while the other two children trapped in the torso and pants section of his suit squirmed for an exit.
Gaetz also defended another dumb idea of his to station former soldiers who served in Fallujah at schools. "You want to turn our schools into Fallujah?" asked Reid. This of course set off a round of incoherent yelling from Gaetz's suit.
It's important to note that this isn't the first time Gaetz has gone anywhere other than Fox and was ethered by something as simple as basic conversation. To really get to the bottom of this, let's run back a few of the more compelling pieces of evidence that suggest Gaetz might just be a trio of first-graders pulling off the greatest political stunt of all time.
- He also argued with Chris Hayes on MSNBC that Haiti is basically just "sheet metal and garbage," when attempting to defend Trump's racist "shithole countries" comments.
- There was the time Gaetz called for Mueller to step down from the Russian investigation, arguing that because he served as FBI chief when the Obama administration approved the Uranium One Deal in 2010 he must be compromised. However, Gaetz casually ignored the fact that the FBI did bring charges in the uranium case under former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired.
- Finally, who can forget about the time he argued with Montel Williams on Twitter about who was more respected on television?
I stand corrected Montel. You used your show to have phony psychics spew about real kidnappings. Classy stuff. What were you saying again about the quality of my viewpoints on TV? https://t.co/pfN0VYH6TH
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