CNN’s Chris Cuomo had searing words for Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) just a day after Gaetz made a call for the construction of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall during a hearing on gun control.
“A wall has got no business in the discussion at a hearing about what to do about these mass shootings and crimes that maybe ― maybe ― can be prevented,” Cuomo said.
“It looked like grandstanding because it has nothing to with the solution.”
“We’re all on the same page here,” Gaetz said before he continued to make the case for the wall, saying that it would stop violent immigrants from entering the country as well as reduce gun violence.
Cuomo’s criticisms became more heated from there.
“You guys have never done a damn thing until it became a tool of opportunity for you to talk about immigration,” Cuomo countered.
“These mass shootings keep happening and you do nothing except go on TV and say, ‘We’re not a law away.’”
Cuomo then said that Gaetz and other Republican politicians are using crime committed by undocumented immigrants as an “article of convenience” to push for the president’s wall.
“You think that we are that craven?” Gaetz asked.
“Yes,” Cuomo replied.
“That is so irresponsible,” Gaetz said.
When Cuomo said it was “irresponsible of the people doing it” as they’ve put a “premium on certain lives and not others,” Gaetz suggested that Democrats want more school shootings so they can pass gun control legislation.
“That is what you say all the time,” Cuomo responded. “The right says that all the time.”
Gaetz has come under fire since his appearance on Cuomo’s program.
We have to get to move people like Gaetz out of Congress. He is not there for the right reasons.
— Me (@Me68029389) February 8, 2019
Dude. You screwed yourself into a really BAD corner tonight on Cuomo. Good luck in the future.
— Andrew Thompson (@AndrewT61830774) February 8, 2019
Matt’s hysterical outburst on Cuomo suggests he’s really just in it for the political points. Yikes that this is the caliber of legislator the endangered NRA can afford.
— Brandon Wolf (@bjoewolf) February 8, 2019
Mr Cuomo I saw him last night on your show and Rep Gaetz just missed the point. All the mass shootings we’ve had in this country and not one was perpetrated by an illegal immigrant
— John (@John21575584) February 8, 2019
@mattgaetz caught you on Cuomo tonight. Makes me shun visiting Florida ever again for the kind of ignorant people who elected you. What a hateful prick.
— Lorenzo (@RealLCervantes) February 8, 2019
Despite Gaetz’s claim, the majority of mass shootings are committed by white males.
“Between 1982 and November 2018, 60 out of 107 mass shootings were initiated by White shooters,” according to one analysis by Statista. “The Las Vegas strip massacre in 2017 had the highest number of victims between 1982 and 2018, with 58 people killed, and over 500 injured.”