Gaetz: The Left ‘Lit Actual Flames, Actual Fires, and We Had to Put Them Out’

By Melanie Arter | January 13, 2021 | 3:48pm EST
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) (Photo by JOSE LUIS MAGANA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) (Photo by JOSE LUIS MAGANA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) called out Democrats for being hypocritical in calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment and accusing him of inciting insurrection at the U.S. Capitol when Democratic lawmakers encouraged violence through riots at Black Lives Matter protests and for people to get in the face of Trump administration officials.

“The left in America has incited far more political violence than the right. For months our cities burned, police stations burned, our businesses were shattered and they said nothing or they cheerlead for it and they fundraised for it and they allowed it to happen in the greatest country in the world. Some have cited the metaphor that the president lit the flames. Well, they lit actual flames! Actual fires! And we had to put them out,” Gaetz said.


“Seems to me that impeachment is an itch that doesn't go away with just one scratch,” the congressman said in a speech on the House floor during debate on the effort to impeach the president for the second time.

Gaetz also pledged to continue investigating President-elect Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

“It also seems that President Trump may be most likely to be impeached when he is correct. Before the last presidential impeachment, President Trump rightly pointed out the improper activities of the Biden crime family and subsequently, he's been proven right. Don't think for a moment, Madam speaker, that we’re going to stop that or pursuit for the truth,” he said. 

“Before that, we had the Russian hoax, where you had the president rightly making claims that Hillary Clinton and the DNC were colluding with Russians to disorient our democracy. How right he turned out to be. Then we have the 2020 presidential election where the president correctly pointed out unconstitutional behavior, voting irregularities, concerns over tabulations, dead people voting and now impeachment again,” Gaetz said.

“‘When they go low, we kick em.’ - Eric Holder, former attorney general under Barack Obama. Breaching the Capitol was as low as low can be. We all denounce it, but who is it that they're kicking? The president, who created soaring highs for our economy, rising wages before the pandemic, 400 miles of wall to stop the caravans, who drew down troops in the Middle East and showed empathy for the forgotten men and women of our country?” he said.

“It's why so many people love him so much, and it's why they are kicking all of us. This president has faced unprecedented hatred and resistance from big media, Big Tech and big egos from congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle,” the congressman said.

“Before the rioters tore through that glass, Speaker Pelosi stood at that rostrum and tore through the president's State of the Union speech, inciting anger, resentment, division. Some believed that truly these true colors are being shown now through this divisive partisan impeachment,” Gaetz said.

“The speaker said to us just moments ago, words matter, but apparently those words don't matter when they are uttered by Democrats. When the gentlelady from Massachusetts calls for unrest in the street, when the gentlelady from California brazenly brags that she called for people to get in the faces of those who serve and support the president,” he said.

“I denounce political violence from all ends of the spectrum, but make no mistake. The left in America has incited far more political violence than the right. For months our cities burned, police stations burned, our businesses were shattered and they said nothing or they cheerlead for it and they fundraised for it and they allowed it to happen in the greatest country in the world,” Gaetz said.

“Some have cited the metaphor that the president lit the flames. Well, they lit actual flames! Actual fires! And we had to put them out,” the congressman said.

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