Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is perhaps President Donald Trump's most devout ally in the House of Representatives.
But people were surprised with Gaetz's actions on Thursday as the House voted on a War Powers resolution limiting Trump's ability to escalate tensions with Iran even further than he has in the past week.
Hours before the vote, Trump tweeted:
"Hope that all House Republicans will vote against Crazy Nancy Pelosi's War Powers Resolution."
For the first significant time, however, Gaetz didn't follow instructions.
I represent more troops than any other member of this body. I buried one of them earlier today at Arlington. If o… https://t.co/nvh20zItm6— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@Rep. Matt Gaetz) 1578608517.0
The Trump doctrine, however, demands absolute loyalty. Any dissent or deviation from Trump's best interests could indicate a deep state Republican in Name Only (RINO), or worse, a secret Democrat.
Trump's fans were not pleased that Gaetz didn't vote the way Trump told him to.
@RepMattGaetz You stabbed the President in the back. You stabbed us all in the back. We thought you were one of the… https://t.co/2qNGZreGVU— Stonewall Jackson (@Stonewall Jackson) 1578618187.0
@RepMattGaetz You sound like a demonicrat. You should have sat that one out, you're too emotional. You have prove… https://t.co/RvWfdtbNNA— ☤𝓢𝒌𝓪𝓲☤ (@☤𝓢𝒌𝓪𝓲☤) 1578621618.0
@RepMattGaetz This non-binding resolution isn't even worth the paper it's written on and this will die in the House… https://t.co/W3QDeKeZZ7— Texas Cheesehead (@Texas Cheesehead) 1578614432.0
@RepMattGaetz Yo Matt, you can do 100 good things, but when you go against the President once, you crossed us. Have fun being a RINO.— 🇺🇸K-B 3T0 Q🦅 (@🇺🇸K-B 3T0 Q🦅) 1578614535.0
@RepMattGaetz @realannapaulina Shocked, stunned and totally disappointing. You sure had all of us fooled. Well now we know.— Hang Tough (@Hang Tough) 1578610960.0
@RepMattGaetz Is always good to know who’s your enemies... you turned your back to our our President!! We turn our… https://t.co/pZXVDIQNSG— In God We Trust 🙏🏼 (@In God We Trust 🙏🏼) 1578615145.0
@RepMattGaetz Sir yoy have now lost all my respect and i bet the respect of all trump supporters— Pam frye (@Pam frye) 1578611326.0
@RepMattGaetz Well, now we know he's a fake maga. #FakeMAGA— NC Conservative Photographer (@NC Conservative Photographer) 1578661145.0
After the backlash, Gaetz tweeted again, assuring his followers that Trump wasn't mad at him.
I spoke to @POTUS today and he told me he’s more anti-war than I am. This resolution did not criticize the preside… https://t.co/PA3Pw6vLKQ— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@Rep. Matt Gaetz) 1578621378.0
His former supporters on Twitter didn't absolve him.
Blind devotion to a corrupt leader? What could go wrong?