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Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) appeared on Timcast IRL hosted by Tim Pool Friday and provided multiple insights into the internal workings of the U.S. House of Representatives and gave much-needed context to the contentious contest for Speaker which dominated the news. In the process, Gaetz seemingly won over a Timcast viewer who sent a paid Superchat to Tim Pool, as a new voter and vowed to him “I will be your middle finger.”

The week saw such wild moments as Gaetz nominating both Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and even former President Donald J. Trump.

Tim Pool was joined on Timcast IRL by co-hosts Ian Crossland and Luke Rudkowski in peppering Gaetz with questions regarding the Speaker election proceedings and the larger political considerations of conservative populism that could present the opportunity to find common ground with some unexpected Congress members on the left.


Gaetz also spoke out regarding the concept of House Republicans passing so-called “messaging bills,” such as a recent bill to block the IRS from hiring 87,000 new agents among others.  President Joe Biden has already threatened to veto these pieces of legislation and they are essentially doomed to fail in the Democrat majority Senate.

Gaetz noted in a tweet following the interview, “It was not the most comfortable thing in the world for 20 Republicans to send a shockwave through the DC Cartel and say it’s not just going to go the way it’s always been.”

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Timcast producer Serge du Preez offered a Superchat, “Yeah I got one here from Ben Avalon uh says he’s compromising my rule of never posting on YouTube for this Super Chat. Small tech business owner in Pensacola here didn’t vote for Gaetz in [the] recent midterm, always vote third-party as a middle finger to the system as a matter of principle. Consider my mind changed sir. Well-done sir.”

Gaetz answered, “Oh, I appreciate that very much Ben Avalon. I will be your middle finger!”

Gaetz offered necessary context for the several Speaker votes such as his take on Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Thomas Massie‘s (R-KY) support of Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

He explained to Rudkowski,

“Sure, I mean Thomas Massie well he voted for McCarthy on every ballot. But he was there with us in the back rooms helping write a lot of the fiscal policy that ended up undergirding the agreement and MTG you know she is an inspirational force. I consider her probably my closest ally in all of Congress and she deserves to be on committees. And what the Democrats did to her was so wrong and so egregious.

And I think that she had an earlier understanding with Speaker McCarthy that she would get back on committees and that they would be meaningful committees that they would tailor to her skill set. I think that was sufficient for her to support him. We sought some broader structural changes. We achieved those changes and concessions. [The concessions] we got out of McCarthy are only going to endure to the benefit of MTG because she’s one of our more dynamic and fearless members.”

It’s the kind of nuance the public often never gets from Congress, and if this type of transparency continues it could be groundbreaking for Americans’ trust in Congress.

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