While it may be a stretch to suggest Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., was orgasmic over an apology offered by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., over controversial remarks and actions taken online prior to being elected, it is safe to say he was certainly pleased by her performance.
“Bravo Marjorie Taylor Greene, that was so good I almost had to smoke a cigarette afterwards,” Gaetz said during an appearance on Fox News’ The Faulkner Focus.
Greene held a press conference Friday outside the Capitol and offered an apology for any words that were “wrong and offensive,” but not backing down in her stance as a staunch conservative. She also was critical of the media.
“She was policy-focused, she was graceful, I think she pointed out the hypocrisy in the media,” Gaetz responded. “Most importantly, we saw that yesterday Democrats made Marjorie Taylor Greene certainly the most powerful freshman in Congress, and possibly one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress.”
“Marjorie is off the proverbial leash right now,” he added. “I think she’s going to be a major communicator. And if she shows the grace and the focus and the attention to policies that matter to everyday Americans like she did in that press conference she will be a very successful congresswoman.”
Host Harris Faulkner asked Gaetz to respond to Green’s assertion that the GOP is still Trump’s party.
“I welcome Marjorie Greene’s contribution to shaping the contours of our party just like I would welcome that from any other member of the Republican conference,” he said. “When she talks about the ‘America First’ policies of not invading everywhere and inviting everyone across our borders illegally, that’s important within the Republican conference because we do have Republicans who are more establishment that want to revert to the days before President Trump.”
In addition to an apology, Greene was laser-focused on the media.
“I’m sorry for saying all those things that are wrong and offensive, and I sincerely mean that,” she said. “And I’m happy to say that. I think it’s good to say, say when we’ve done something wrong.”
She hit reporters for “teaching people to hate people like me and President Trump,” though she added that it works both ways.
“And then on the right, it’s the same way. Teaching people to hate AOC,” she said, a reference to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
When taking questions, Greene took a CNN reporter to task for reporting about the Russian collusion hoax, calling on her to apologize for that coverage.
The newly elected GOP lawmaker said Thursday’s vote to remove her from the House Budget Committee and House Education and Labor Committee was not fair to voters in her district.
“Free speech really matters, and yesterday, when Democrats and 11 of my Republican colleagues, decided to strip me of my committee assignments — Education and Labor and the Budget Committee — you know what they did? They actually stripped my district of their voice,” she told reporters.
“I’m fine with being kicked off committees because it’d be a waste of my time,” Greene added.
As for her apology, Greene said she wasn’t sorry for confronting former Parkland High School student David Hogg.
“David Hogg was an adult when I talked to him,” she said. “I think many of you have realized that David Hogg was working with the organization that was going around working hard for strict gun control laws. I’m very opposed to those policies. And so, being in the same situation as David Hogg, my voice matters, too. And so, no, I’m not sorry for telling him he shouldn’t push for gun control.”
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