WATCH: Matt Gaetz Goes Off on ‘Banana Republic of Broward Country’ in Zany Fox News Rant
Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) went all out on Friday during a Fox News interview amid the flap over the vote count in Broward County, FL.
The county’s election office is swamped with protesters today amid the possibility of a recount if the state’s gubernatorial and senate races are too close to call. Governor Rick Scott is filing lawsuits against Palm Beach County and Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes — claiming they are committing “rampant fraud” and concocting ballots to help Democrats undo their apparent election defeats.
Scott did not provide evidence of the alleged fraud, though Broward County has been notorious for voter-count problems since the presidential recount of 2000.
Gaetz called in to Fox News’s Outnumbered Overtime Friday and didn’t mince words — pronouncing Broward County a “banana republic” where 80,000 ballots were “spoken into existence.” He also went on a passionate rant about how Snipes “totally ignored” her legal obligation to report voter totals, thrusting the area into a state of receivership.
Host Harris Faulkner asked Gaetz to clarify his “banana republic” descriptor, so he cited the area’s history of voting trouble while explaining that “my constituents are in jeopardy if we allow this banana republic style voting to occur.” Gaetz referred to a Politico piece that mentions a provisional ballot box discovered in an elementary school, even though the report doesn’t necessarily corroborate all of Gaetz’s claims about missing or fabricated votes.
Faulkner eventually noted that 80,000 ballots wouldn’t fit into a single box, so she pressed Gaetz on where he’s drawing that figure from. He didn’t directly answer the question, speaking instead about the need for greater checks and balances to make sure no one is filling out blank ballots, stuffing them in and claiming they were missing.
Various political figures beyond Scott have leveled charges against Snipes for her alleged actions. Gaetz, during the segment, listed the reasons why “Brenda Snipes should resign or be fired.”
Watch above, via Fox News.
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