WATCH: Rep. Matt Gaetz Blasts Identity Politics on MSNBC After Democrat Lawmaker Called Him a ‘White Man’
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz blasted Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier for referring to him as a “white man” while discussing GOP lawmakers storming the secretive impeachment inquiry on Wednesday.
Rep. Gaetz was responding to an interview on Morning Joe in which Rep. Speier said that their protest was “a high school prank by a bunch of 50-year-old white men.”
“Did she say we were a bunch of white men?” Gaetz asked. “What does the fact that we are white men have to do with our desire to represent the millions of constituents we serve?”
“I was deeply offended by that,” he continued. “When Jackie Speier walks in a room, I don’t sit there and say a white woman came in…This is the type of identity politics from the left that seems to permeate any substantive or procedural arguments they make, and it’s sickening to me that that’s how we would be thought of…It’s just really kind of sickening.”
Gaetz, along with approximately two dozen other members of the GOP, had stormed the secret closed-door deposition of Laura Cooper in protest of the secretive hearing on Wednesday.
House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff stormed out of the room after the group of Republicans entered the chamber and began shouting at them.