Gaetz ridiculed when he refuses to ‘surrender’, vows to put it ALL on the line to defend ‘greatest president’ Trump

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Rep. Matt Gaetz revealed Tuesday that he’s willing to step down from office to defend former President Donald Trump in his upcoming impeachment trial, even if defending him means broaching controversial 2020 election fraud claims.

While speaking on former Breitbart chief and Trump administration official Steve Bannon’s “War Room: Pandemic” podcast, the Florida lawmaker was asked whether he’d be willing to resign in order to defend the former president.

Gaetz replied that he “absolutely” would.

“I love my district. I love representing them. But I view this cancellation of the Trump presidency and the Trump movement as one of the major risks to my people both in my district and all throughout this great country,” he said.

Absolutely, if the president called me and wanted me to go defend him on the floor of the Senate, that would be the top priority in my life,” he continued.

Listen from the 20:05 mark below:

I would leave my House seat, I would leave my home, I would do anything I had to do to ensure that the greatest president in my lifetime — one of the greatest presidents our country has ever had, maybe the greatest president our country has ever had — got a full-throated defense that wasn’t crouched down, that wasn’t in fear of losing some moderate Republican senator, but that was worthy of the fight that he gave to the great people of this country for four years,” he said.

But will Gaetz actually resign?

In a statement to Fox News issued later Wednesday evening, Gaetz revealed that he already made an official offer to defend the former president “weeks ago.”

However, he continued, the discussions “ceased” after it was confirmed that sitting House members may not serve on the former president’s legal team.

It’s not clear who ended the discussions, though from the sound of it, the decision was made by Trump’s legal team, not Gaetz. For when Fox asked the lawmaker for confirmation regarding what he’d said earlier to Bannon, he doubled down.

“If the law requires it, yes [I would resign],” he said.

So the next question is this: Why would Trump’s legal team even need him?

It turns out that five of the former president’s legal team members jumped ship this week after he asked them to broach election fraud concerns during his trial:

While the former president has since assigned new attorneys to his team, the more the merrier.

Dovetailing back to Gaetz’ appearance on Bannon’s podcast, he was also asked whether he’s got the courage and the time “to defend the president from the stealing of this election.”

Again, Gaetz replied in the affirmative.

“I’m not one to turn in assignments late, but I do not believe this is a case that will be won on the briefs. I think this is a case we have to make to the American people that if there are not fundamental changes to the way we manage elections, we cannot have the confidence in our Republic that the people deserve,” he said.

“And if we don’t do that, then we’re just the surrender caucus, the surrender movement. I’m here to win so much that I get tired of it, because that’s what I was promised,” he added.

Bannon then pressed him for confirmation, saying, “I just want to make sure I’m clear on this. You think it’s important enough for the future of this movement and this Republic and the Constitution that President Trump has an obligation to argue what went on with the irregularities that went on with this thing?”

Gaetz replied by arguing that Trump’s trial should be viewed as “a platform to keep fighting.”

“We only get what we fight for in this movement, and we need to do it with an aggressive defense of the president,” he said.

The lawmaker’s bold remarks naturally attracted the attention of Democrats, though not in the way expected — i.e., not with rage and outbursts.

Instead, Democrats like Rep. Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania posted cheeky tweets offering their ostensible “support” for Gaetz’ resignation.

Look:

The Democrat base was equally “supportive.”

Look:

But, as noted by conservative British commentator Raheem Kassam, were Gaetz to resign, the joke would be on DEMOCRATS:

Nice try, though …

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