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Pro-Trump Rep. Offers to Resign to Represent Trump in Impeachment Trial and Everyone Had the Same Response

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Even with former President Donald Trump two weeks out of office, Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) remains one of his most vocal defenders in the House of Representatives.

After the 2020 presidential election saw then-President-elect Joe Biden secure a victory, Gaetz amplified the same lies that Trump spewed, falsely arguing that Democrats stole the election by somehow orchestrating widespread fraud.

Trump earned his second impeachment after these lies led a mob of pro-Trump extremists to storm the United States Capitol in a deadly failed insurrection. Just hours after this deadly riot, Gaetz—with other Republican members of Congress—continued his effort to toss out certified electoral votes of swing states Trump lost.

The former President's impeachment trial is set to begin in the Senate next week, and Gaetz has offered to represent Trump on his defense team—even offering to resign from his congressional seat to do so.

Gaetz made the comments in an interview with former Trump advisor and avowed white nationalist Steve Bannon.

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When asked by Bannon if he would step down to represent Trump, Gaetz replied:

"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. 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 went on to gush that Trump was the greatest President of his lifetime and potentially the greatest President the country has ever seen, and that Gaetz would do anything to make sure he got a "full-throated defense."

Even Gaetz critics weren't opposed to the idea—but not for the reasons he pitched it.





People were vicariously embarrassed for Gaetz in his adoration of Trump, who resoundingly lost his bid for a second term and whose average approval rating never rose above 50 percent.




It's unclear if Trump will take Gaetz up on his offer, but the former President has had trouble finding lawyers willing to defend him in the upcoming trial.