Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Tuesday envisioned an extremist Republican takeover of House oversight in a speech that critics slammed as “terrifying.”
“We are going to take power after this next election and when we do, it’s not going to be the days of Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy and no real oversight and no real subpoenas,” Gaetz told a news conference highlighting District of Columbia jail conditions for accused U.S. Capitol rioters.
“It’s going to be the days of Jim Jordan and Marjorie Taylor Greene and Dr. [Paul] Gosar and myself doing everything” to get answers to claims about FBI involvement in the deadly violence on Jan. 6, he added. The conspiracy theory that insurrectionists were a “false flag” operation of anti-Trumpists, promoted by some Republican extremists and right-wing media personalities, has been debunked.
.@RepMattGaetz: "We are going to take power after this next election. When we do, it's not going to be the days of Paul Ryan, and Trey Gowdy, and no real oversight, and no real subpoenas. It's going to be the days of Jim Jordan, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Dr. Gosar, and myself." pic.twitter.com/8ID1vMN8IZ
— The Hill (@thehill) December 7, 2021
Gaetz and the fellow Republicans he named ― Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Paul Gosar (Ariz.) ― all voted to overturn the 2020 election result and have promoted Donald Trump’s election fraud conspiracy theories.
That Gaetz suggested House oversight would fall under their control was cause for much concern on social media.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) — still under investigation for federal sex crimes — lays out what House Oversight might look like under a Republican majority.
— The Recount (@therecount) December 7, 2021
This is the funniest SNL skit I've seen today!
— Dillemy (@dillemy) December 7, 2021
There is the message. These toxic monsters are our future. https://t.co/HpG3Wbgp1c
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) December 8, 2021
A nightmare scenario that should send us all screaming to the polls.
— A Dissident Is Here 🌊 (@Pulpiteer) December 7, 2021
When they show you who they are, believe them. https://t.co/9W3pjyYmZf
— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin (she/her) (@ECMcLaughlin) December 8, 2021
I thought I hated Paul Ryan, but Gaetz, Jordan, Greene, Boebert, and Gosar make Ryan look good by comparison.
— Willow Silverhawk (@Silverhawk13) December 8, 2021
If that's not the 2022 campaign ad for Democrats I don't know what is. https://t.co/kYrfectr2Z
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) December 8, 2021
Find myself singing "Send in the Clowns, don't worry they're here"!
— Concetta (@conbontalk) December 7, 2021
This might make a good campaign ad… For someone. https://t.co/jnPvfJj5x8
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) December 8, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.