Watch: Fireworks erupt when Matt Gaetz loses it as Democratic Rep. Richmond addresses racism

Watch: Fireworks erupt when Matt Gaetz loses it as Democratic Rep. Richmond addresses racism

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is having a really bad day, and very publicly. First he actually offered an objection during a House session when Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) asked if any Republican would “unequivocally” say that Black lives matter.

“I think Black lives matter, I think all lives matter,” said Gaetz, a far right wing Florida firebrand closely tied to both Governor Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump.

Swalwell immediately shut him down.

Later, during a House hearing on police reform, Gaetz got triggered when Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) declared he would give Republicans the “benefit of the doubt” and just assume they may be suffering from “unconscious bias,” by objecting to Democratic proposals for the police reform bill, but admitted it could “at worst” be “conscious bias.”

Gaetz was clearly looking for a fight.

Asking to be recognized, he replied to Rep. Richmond, saying: “I appreciate your passion. Are you suggesting that you’re certain none of us have non-white children?”

It was a question few would have deigned to ask, and astonishingly inappropriate.

“Because you reflected on your Black son –” Gaetz continued

“Matt. Matt. Stop,” Richmond interjected. “I’m not about to get sidetracked about the color of our children.”

“I reclaim my time,” Rep. Richmond was forced to declare.

Gaetz continued to speak.

“I reclaimed my time,” Richmond again replied

“It is not about the color of your kids. It is about Black males,” Richmond continued. “Black people in the streets. That are getting killed. And if one of them happens to be your kid I’m concerned about him too. And clearly I’m more concerned about him than you are.”

“You’re claiming you’re more concerned for my family than I do?” Gaetz, feigning outrage, replied.

“Who in the hell do you think you are?” the Florida congressman screamed, pounding his hand on his desk.

“If the shoe fits,” Richmond responded.

“Kicked dogs holler,” Richmond calmly replied.

“You should take those words down!” Gaetz screeched.

Gaetz launched into a rant, screaming about who loves whose family more,  ending with “Damnit!”

“Was that a nerve?” Richmond retorted.

“Yeah,” Gaetz replied.


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