Those at the White House took many shots at “MAGA Republicans” this week, from the inhabitant of the West Wing to the person in charge of the White House Twitter account. Now, MAGA Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene are returning fire.
Specifically, the target of their fire was a Thursday tweet from the White House that attempted to shame congressional Republicans for objecting to the certification of the 2020 election results.
“MAGA Republicans in Congress view the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 as patriots,” the tweet read. “On the anniversary of the violent insurrection, Congressman Matt Gaetz said ‘We’re proud of the work that we did on January 6 to make legitimate arguments about election integrity.’”
Responding to that tweet Thursday, Gaetz noted: “The ‘work we did’ involved preparing an argument on the House floor. Then and now I expressly denounce political violence.”
He continued: “No Republican President has been inaugurated absent some such Democrat objection since George HW Bush. Now about that failed economy and border crisis!”
Seeing this exchange, Greene also jumped into the fray, sharing Gaetz’s tweet along with her own response.
“Yes we are proud of the work we did preparing and objecting to Biden’s electoral college votes,” she wrote Friday. “Matt and I were assigned the great state of Michigan and were upset over the riot. It should not have happened and took our ability to debate on behalf of voters in Michigan.”
The White House’s tweet coincided with a dark and divisive speech Thursday night during which the building’s chief resident, Joe Biden, ranted: “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.”
Not one to back down from a fight, President Donald J. Trump took to Truth Social to respond to his 2020 opponent’s accusations.
“Someone should explain to Joe Biden, slowly but passionately, that MAGA means, as powerfully as mere words can get, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump said. “If he doesn’t want to Make America Great Again, which through words, action, and thought, he doesn’t, then he certainly should not be representing the United States of America!”
Although nearly two years have passed since the 2020 election, 83 percent of likely U.S. voters are concerned about election integrity ahead of the 2022 midterms, and 75 percent are concerned about election cheating, according to a July Rasmussen Reports poll.
Thus, despite the White House’s insistence to the contrary, it would appear that Trump supporters are not the only voters questioning the fairness of recent elections.