Gaetz on GOP leadership thwarting challenge: Tried to cut the hour we have to present our objections

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz revealed that efforts by Republican lawmakers to formally challenge election results in Congress may be thwarted.

The Florida Republican told Fox News on Tuesday that despite there being more than 100 GOP House members who plan to object to the certification of Electoral College results from several states, leaders may be looking to give away their allotted time on the floor.

Election results in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Wisconsin, among others, will be reportedly under challenge during Wednesday’s joint session of Congress. Hours of debate are expected as lawmakers make the case for rejecting the results from certain swing states.

But Gaetz noted that GOP leaders had decided to undermine “unified teamwork” and would potentially be giving away the debate time.

“We may only have 180 precious minutes tomorrow to make our case that there was real voter fraud – a case that the media says we can’t possibly make,” the Florida congressman said on “Hannity” Tuesday before sharing the “disturbing news” after negotiations with GOP leaders.

“Republican leadership is contemplating taking the one hour we have to present our objections on each state and giving part of that time away to Republicans who don’t support the objections,” he said.

Not only will “Democrats be fighting against us,” Gaetz pointed out, “but we’ll be using our own time that we should be using to fight for election integrity, to divide among Republicans who have a different view,” Gaetz continued.

“I don’t think that’s unified teamwork,” he added.

Gaetz posted a video on his Twitter account calling Democrats “hypocrites” for condemning Republican efforts to challenge the election. The liberal media continues to spin its narrative against those alleging vote fraud, and airing Democrat talking points even though members of that party have objected to the electoral results of the last three elections in which the Republican candidate won the presidency.

In an earlier Fox News appearance on Tuesday, Gaetz warned that it would be a “bad look” for the House of Representatives if Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed objections by Republicans.

“We have the support of members of the United States Senate. See, in 2000, every single member of the Congressional Black Caucus objected to the electors of the state of Florida when George Bush beat Al Gore. There, the objections were offered; they were not accepted by Al Gore … and they sort of rolled on,” Gaetz told Fox & Friends.

“One question remaining, is whether or not Nancy Pelosi will allow the two hours of constitutionally authorized debate on these questions,” he continued.

“But, when you got tens of thousands of people potentially marching in the streets in Washington, D.C. tomorrow,” Gaetz added, “I think it will be a very bad look for the people’s House not to entertain debate if we have a constitutionally-acceptable objection signed by a House member and a Senator and we will clear that hurdle.”

Frieda Powers

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