Gaetz: “Biden administration will use national security to go after political opponents”

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is warning that the incoming Biden administration will use national security to go after political opponents, he told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity on Friday.

Breitbart said that Gaetz noted that he along with members of the Republican caucus in the House are being targeted due to concerns expressed over the integrity of the 2020 presidential election.

Gaetz noted that Democrats are utilizing buzzwords such as “insurrection, domestic terrorism,” and the like in order to paint opponents of Democrats and their far-left agenda as out of the mainstream.

“That’s not by accident, Sean,” Gaetz said.

“There are exquisite authorities in our national laws that allow our government to do things to terrorists that we would never allow against our own people. But in the incoming Biden administration, they want to use national security authorities against MAGA.

“They’re targeting Mo Brooks, Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert, Madison Cawthorn and myself because we had the nerve to actually stand up and point the need for election integrity.”

The railing by Democrats against Republicans comes despite the fact that Democrats orchestrated a Russia collusion hoax as a basis to claim the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president was illegitimate.

Despite numerous documented cases of fraud in the 2020 election, as well as the fact several swing states violated Article II, Section I, Clause II of the United States Constitution, Democrats and the mainstream media continue to paint the narrative that the election was squeaky clean. Anyone who questions that is deemed anti-American and an extremist.

Democrats have also suddenly become concerned with unruly protests after what happened at the United States Capitol on January 6, while they ignored the violence which took place in cities across the country last summer and fall.

They have also suddenly come to support law enforcement, praising the Capitol and Metro DC police for their handling of the January 6 insurgency at the Capitol building.

This comes on the heels of continuously referring to police officers as “storm troopers,” “Gestapo” and “Nazis” for their response to the violence that took place in cities from Boston to Chicago and Kenosha to Portland and Seattle.

 

Now, when members of Congress are the so-called “targets” of violence, their tune has changed. Talk about hypocrisy.

That hypocrisy was not lost on Rep. Gaetz.

“And we also pointed out their hypocrisy, because for all the criticism that they have leveled against Donald Trump unfairly, they were the cheerleaders, fundraisers and apologists for the people who burned our cities, attacked our police, and were on offense against the very notion of America for months this summer,” Gaetz said.

“They don’t want to account for that. Joe Biden doesn’t want to answer for it. Certainly, Kamala Harris doesn’t. And so they are going to go after the president and his allies and they’re going to use national security authorities that you should never use against our fellow Americans.”

We have already seen that some people affiliated with Black Lives Matter and Antifa have been charged in the riot at the Capitol building. It cannot be discounted that this may have been an organized attempt to paint supporters of President Trump as unhinged lunatics. Perhaps a very, infinitesimal number are.

However, estimates are that there were anywhere between half-a-million or more Trump supporters in Washington, DC on January 6. A microscopic percentage of those “supporters” were at the Capitol wreaking havoc. Just as we were told all summer not to paint all protesters as violent, Democrats should take their own advice and not paint all supporters of the president as fanatics.

However, that doesn’t accomplish what they are trying to do. Gaetz’s comments should serve as a cautionary tale to Republicans, especially those who support President Trump.

Democrats are looking for payback. They want to punish supporters of President Trump, and as we have seen, they are not beyond using the full apparatus of the federal government to do so.

For all of Biden’s talk about “unity” and “bringing the country together,” actions speak louder than words.

And the actions we are seeing so far seem to show that “unity” is the farthest thing from Democrats’ minds. It’s all about revenge.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN –In May of this year, George Floyd died while in the custody of the Minneapolis, Minnesota Police Department.  Despite the extremely fast termination, and arrest of the officers involved, nationwide protests, riots, and looting happened. 

Now, the bills are starting to come in from the areas where it has calmed, and it looks like this may well be the most expensive for insurers yet, perhaps to top $2 billion.

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The civil unrest was not just centralized where Floyd died, but spread out into roughly 20 states.  The incidents seemed to fester the worst in democratic lead cities and states. 

The costliest riot before this incident was in 1992, after the acquittal of the Los Angeles Police Officers in the beating of Rodney King.  Those riots lasted roughly a week and costs insurers $775 million dollars. 

According to Axios, when inflation is taken into account, that $775 million would roughly equate to $1.42 billion today.

According to a group known as Property Claim Services, a firm which has kept tabs on the prices of riots since 1950, terms any losses over $25 million as catastrophic. 

Examples of other catastrophic riots include the 1965 Watts riots that cost $44 million, the 1967 riots in Detroit that cost $42 million, and the rioting and looting during the New York City blackout in 1977 that cost $28 million.

The actual cost, when all is said and done, is yet to be figured.  The PCS has only factored in costs associated with riots from May through June, so, areas like Portland and Seattle which continue to see rioting are not counted as well as in Kenosha. 

A spokeswoman for PCS, Loretta Worters, said:

“It’s [riots] not just happening in one city or state – it’s all over the country.  And this is still happening, so the losses could be significantly more.”

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Insurance industries are also leery of further unrest resulting from the results of the general election. 

The head of PCS, Tom Johansmeyer said:

“There could be riots that lead to significant losses that would meet our reporting thresholds.”

Kenosha saw rioting after the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who was repeatedly told to stop and drop a knife from officers and refused all lawful orders. 

Blake had several warrants for his arrest at the time of the encounter, one of the charges was for rape.  Police shot him seven times in the back.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice alleges that Blake admitted to being armed with a knife.

Despite that, the shooting, whether eventually ruled as justified or excessive, sparked outrage from people all over the country.  As a result, Kenosha fell victim to several nights of rioting, which, according to the fire department in Kenosha, caused over $11 million in damages. 

Fire Chief Charles Leipzig said:

“To put into context, that’s [the damage] three years of fire loss for us in the span of about a week.”

Many cite that the losses that have been incurred as a result of civil unrest pale in comparison to those that happen as a result of natural disasters, such as the wildfires that are occurring on the western coast of the United States and hurricane season.

While this may be true, natural disasters are more costly, but they cannot be avoided.  Unlike rioting, looting, and arson, all of those things could be easily avoided, prevented, and stopped. 

Several government leaders have called for calm throughout the country.  While everyone supports a person’s right to peacefully protest, a lot of what is occurring is anything but civil and peaceful.  After all, if these ‘peaceful protests’ were truly peaceful, there would not be over a billion dollars-worth of damage caused.

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