May 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Defiant Matt Gaetz: “America First isn’t going away”

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Rep. Matt Gaetz. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz at a Friday rally with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said that despite the sexual misconduct controversy surrounding him, he is not going away.

The big picture: Gaetz and Greene started their "America First Tour" on Friday in Orlando, Florida. The two conservatives plan to use the tour to call out so-called RINOs — "Republicans in Name Only" — who oppose former President Trump's agenda, Politico reports.

  • Gaetz said in April that the tour would also try to "rally the 74 million Americans that voted for President Trump in the last election and highlight the destructive failings of the radical left and their puppet in the White House, Joe Biden," according to The Hill.
  • Both Gaetz and Greene have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to create a fundraising committee called "Put America First" to get large checks from donors, per The Hill.

What they're saying: "I’m a marked man in Congress. I’m a canceled man in some corners of the Internet. I might be a wanted man by the deep state. But I am a Florida man, and it is good to be home," Gaetz said, per Politico.

  • "Today, we send a strong message to the weak establishment in both parties: America First isn’t going away. We’re going on tour."

Between the lines: "The tour comes as the Republican Party is attempting to define its future post-Donald Trump, and so far, those aligning themselves with the former president are winning out," Politico writes.

  • Gaetz and Greene are some of the most controversial Republican figures, with Greene stripped from her House committee assignments for supporting conspiracy theories, and Gaetz reportedly facing federal investigation.
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