Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) spoke out on Monday to say that attacks made against both him and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) by House Republican Conference chair Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) speak to her “vindictive style.”
Gaetz said this to Breitbart News as he revealed his plans to travel to Wyoming to try and “inspire” the state to oust her as its representative.
“In the wake of the Biden presidency, the Republican Party establishment is trying to wrangle the conservative movement back under their control,” Gaetz said. “They want the GOP to look and sound like Liz Cheney. I have a competing vision for Republicanism and I intend to showcase it by going after the America Last politicians in both parties.”
This comes after more than half of the House Republican Conference voiced their support for a resolution to remove Cheney in the wake of her voting to impeach Donald Trump. Gaetz explained that he became determined to remove Cheney after she voiced support for Massie’s primary opponent.
“Liz was the first to demonstrate a vindictive style by going after Thomas Massie when he got crossways with the president and looked vulnerable,” Gaetz said. “Thomas, obviously, wasn’t vulnerable; he was very strong and won that primary overwhelmingly, but it showed a lot about how Liz Cheney approaches politics.”
He went on to say that he also disagrees with Cheney when it comes to foreign policy.
“I don’t dislike Liz, personally. I don’t know her very well personally, but my disagreements with her are serious,” Gaetz said. “And they are about serious policy issues. I would argue that they are some of the most serious when talking about matters of war and peace. And for her to utilize a spokesperson to retort about my looks says more about her approach to politics than it does about me. I know, when I’m offering a critique of a political figure or a worldview, I don’t have to go through a spokesperson.”
“I level my charges directly, and I’m going to Wyoming to do just that,” he added.