Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) put the Democrats on blast for choosing to use President Donald Trump as a “scapegoat” for the recent shootings rather than dealing with the “real challenges” facing America.
During an interview on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” Gaetz was asked for his thoughts on the “narrative” surrounding the two shootings that rocked the nation recently.
As IJR News previously reported, 22 individuals had their lives taken in a mass shooting at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas, and nine people — including the shooter — were killed in a separate attack in Dayton, Ohio over the weekend.
Gaetz blasted the “left” for using the president as a “scapegoat” and not addressing the “real challenges” behind what happened, such as “the collapse of fatherhood” in America and websites in the “dark recesses of the internet” propagating hatred.
“Right now we have a left that is unwilling in America to confront the real challenges that we have. Whether it’s the collapse of fatherhood in our country — you look at these mass shooters, very rarely did you see a positive, productive relationship with a father figure. You also see dark recesses of the Internet harboring and fuming this type of hate.
And rather than deal with those things, it’s just easier for the political left to scapegoat the president, to defame, to demoralize, to delegitimize those who are actually trying to come up with solutions.”
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He went on to say that he believes the American people have seen “a president eager to comfort” those affected by the tragedies and who was “open-minded” towards solutions to prevent future events like the shootings.
Gaetz also pointed out that the “extreme elements of violence” are not limited to just one side of the political spectrum.
“But if we’ve seen anything from the shooting at the Republican baseball practice to the [Sen.] Elizabeth Warren/Antifa supporter in Dayton, to the person that claimed to have a very hateful, right-wing ideology in El Paso,” continued Gaetz. “The extreme elements of violence do not have monogamy with any one political agenda.”
“And I’m grateful we have a president who’s willing to call out hate and who’s trying to pave the way to a really more accepting country,” added the Florida congressman.