Video shows Rep. Gaetz blasting Silicon Valley and blustering about gun rights in the next breath

Standing onstage Thursday night, Rep. Matt Gaetz offered his usual rallying cries against President Biden, the media and cancel culture for the friendly crowd assembled to see him and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on their “ America First ” tour. But Gaetz (R-Fla.) — who is facing a federal investigation for an alleged sexual relationship with an underage girl, an allegation he has vigorously denied — got some of his biggest cheers from the crowd when he took aim at social media giants. He told the audience they shouldn’t succumb to “the Internet’s hall monitors out in Silicon Valley” for trying to “suppress us, discourage us.” “Well, you know what?” he said to the crowd. “Silicon Valley can’t cancel this movement, or this rally, or this congressman.” Seconds later, Gaetz, a prominent ally of former president Donald Trump, abruptly shifted into a defense of the Second Amendment — what some interpreted as a suggestion of what conservatives should do in response to Silicon Valley. “We have a Second Amendment in this country, and I think we have an obligation to use it!” he said to the roars of an audience giving him a standing ovation, according to a clip of the rally . Video posted to Twitter went viral and resulted in lawmakers slamming Gaetz’s language for inciting violence, with one again calling on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to remove the Florida congressman from the House Judiciary Committee. But Gaetz and critics pushed back about how the […]

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