Are Republicans ever going to learn that stabbing President Donald Trump in the back in not ever going to work for them?
If they believe that somehow Democrats are going to sing their praises, or the media is going to give them a pat on the back they are woefully incorrect.
Which is why it was surprising to see one of the president’s staunchest Republican supporters go against him on Friday.
The White House is furious that Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz voted with Democrats to support the Iran war powers resolution.
And not only did he vote with the Democrats, he urged his fellow Republicans to follow the same path against the president.
“We WILL be voting in favor of H. Con. Res. 83, and hope you will do the same!” he said in The House.
He also explained his vote to his followers on Twitter who were likely outraged at what he did.
“I represent more troops than any other member of this body. I buried one of them earlier today at Arlington,” he said.
“If our service members have the courage to fight and die in these wars, Congress ought to have the courage to vote for or against them. I’m voting for this resolution,” he said.
He then defended his decision again when he appeared on the Fox News show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” where he said he talked to President Trump about his vote.
“I spoke to the president today,” he said. “The president told me he is more antiwar than I am, and I love the president for that. The thing is, I think a few of the advisers of the president are trying to slow-walk the administration into war.
I represent more troops than any other member of this body. I buried one of them earlier today at Arlington.
If our servicemembers have the courage to fight and die in these wars, Congress ought to have the courage to vote for or against them.
I’m voting for this resolution. pic.twitter.com/cSCBG7CmIm
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 9, 2020
“When the president relies on his instincts and we have the Trump doctrine, we kill the terrorist and we come home,” he said.
As Rep. Gaetz noted, and as we reported on Friday, the resolution has no power and cannot limit the president from doing whatever he decides he needs to.
But what he did succeed in is making the president and The White House furious with him for his vote.
“The Trump administration was disappointed in the congressman’s vote and is hopeful that as the President’s foreign policy continues to unfold, he will reconsider his points of view,” White House director of legislative affairs Eric Ueland said.
Another senior official at The White House said that Rep. Gaetz’s vote was “super uncool” and “quite unwise.”
We pray that the representative will get why the president did what he did and will continue to support President Trump in other areas.