There are moments in politics that feel more like sneak peeks into an evolving screenplay, with central characters hinting at plot twists yet to come.
Recently, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) offered one such tantalizing hint about his possible future role.
“Attorney General Matt Gaetz.”
Sounds like a title plucked straight from a blockbuster sequel, doesn’t it?
And, considering his close ties to the former President Donald Trump, there’s every reason to believe this isn’t just a playful tease.
In a recent interview with Newsmax, Gaetz painted a scene for the audience – a world where not only is Trump back in the Oval Office, but also where Gaetz could potentially be the nation’s top cop, ensuring “actual accountability” at the Department of Justice.
It’s a landscape that feels starkly different from the current state of affairs, and it’s evident why it would be a nightmare scenario for the Democrats.
But why would Gaetz, who has been a staunch defender and ally of the former president, drop such a bombshell?
Well, unless it’s pure mischief, it could very well be a tacit nod to a conversation that’s already taken place behind closed doors.
We’re all aware of the camaraderie between Trump and Gaetz, so it’s not far-fetched to think that the two might’ve discussed possible roles in a future Trump administration.
Matt Gaetz says he might be attorney general if Trump becomes president again.
This is your reminder that a second Trump term would be exponentially worse than the first. pic.twitter.com/CD9lCmuMaE
— Republicans against Trump (@RpsAgainstTrump) August 12, 2023
Gaetz taking orders at the Pork Tent.
President Trump signing autographs in the background.pic.twitter.com/BJBaAX18Ok
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) August 12, 2023
Matt Gaetz is one of the only people in Washington, DC actually trying to do something!https://t.co/fD1z0x7I9r
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) August 9, 2023
David Harris Jr., the Newsmax guest host, certainly seemed enthused by the idea, echoing a sentiment that many conservatives might share.
And while Gaetz himself acknowledges the challenges of Senate confirmation, there’s a discernible confidence in his tone.
If there’s one thing politics has taught us, it’s that anything can happen.
For now, the idea of “Attorney General Matt Gaetz” remains in the realm of political fantasy.
But as 2024 approaches, and the political landscape shifts, the possibility might inch closer to reality.
For the Democrats, this is a wake-up call.
The Trump-Gaetz alliance isn’t just a formidable duo; it’s a potential political juggernaut that seems poised to redefine the game.
The question is: Are they ready to face it?
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) suggested on Friday that he could be appointed attorney general if former President Donald Trump is reelected to the White House in 2024.
During an interview with Newsmax guest host David Harris Jr. about the investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings and allegations of corruption against the Biden family, Gaetz said:
I don’t ascribe to the theory that we just have to surrender sending criminal referrals because somehow Merrick Garland will never prosecute them. For many of the crimes that we are observing, the statute of limitations is five years, and so we could send criminal referrals to the Department of Justice, we go take the White House back, and you never know, David, it may be an Attorney General Matt Gaetz down the road or someone of my liking who will be there to actually enforce the law and provide the accountability. Not just the vision, but the actual accountability.
Harris replied, “I like that. I like that. Attorney General Matt Gaetz. You kidding me?”
“The world is not ready, probably,” Gaetz declared. “Certainly Senate confirmation wouldn’t be, but you know, a boy can dream.”
D.C. insiders and career politicians are known for their meticulous attention to every nuance in the political landscape, reading between the lines to decipher what could be the next big shakeup.
But sometimes, the message doesn’t come wrapped in subtleties – it’s laid out with all the finesse of a sledgehammer.
Enter Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who has a penchant for speaking his mind and ruffling feathers.
If the prospect of Gaetz as Attorney General feels like a political hurricane ready to rip through the cobweb-laden corridors of the Capitol, that’s because it very well might be.
In fact, if his recent remarks are anything to go by, it seems Gaetz has a laser focus on ensuring that alleged misdeeds don’t just vanish into the abyss of forgotten news cycles.
Merrick Garland might be sitting comfortably now, appointing special counsels and presumably hoping that the investigations into figures like Hunter Biden might fade away.
But Gaetz’s words serve as a stark reminder: a change in guard at the White House and the Department of Justice could turn today’s hesitations into tomorrow’s aggressive pursuits.
"You never know … it might be an Attorney General Matt Gaetz down the road," the Florida representative said on Friday. https://t.co/UxABACeEly
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 12, 2023
“I don’t ascribe to the theory that we just have to surrender sending criminal referrals because somehow [Attorney General] Merrick Garland will never prosecute them,” Rep. Matt Gaetz said. https://t.co/Hl68WA5AHr
— The Hill (@thehill) August 12, 2023
He admits it might be difficult for him to get confirmed by the Senate. https://t.co/gKsOyakuyv
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) August 12, 2023
Why is this scenario so thrilling to many conservatives?
Because in their eyes, Gaetz embodies the relentless pursuit of truth and accountability.
His promise of “actual accountability” isn’t just a catchy phrase; for many, it’s a lifeline of hope in a sea of perceived political corruption.
The Hill provides a few extra details:
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) pushed back on critics of the House investigation into Hunter Biden, President Biden’s son, on Friday, saying a future Republican attorney general — like himself — could push for charges years from now.
“I don’t ascribe to the theory that we just have to surrender sending criminal referrals because somehow [Attorney General] Merrick Garland will never prosecute them,” Gaetz said in a Newsmax interview on Friday.
“For many of the crimes that we are observing, the statute of limitations is five years, and so we could send criminal referrals to the Department of Justice, we go take the White House back, and you never know, David, it may be an Attorney General Matt Gaetz down the road or someone of my liking who will be there to actually enforce the law and provide the accountability. Not just the vision, but the actual accountability.”
Garland appointed a special counsel for the Hunter Biden investigation on Friday. The move was met by skepticism from Republicans, who don’t trust attorney David Weiss to levy more charges, and from Hunter Biden’s attorneys.
The phrase “gird your loins” evokes an image of preparing for a tough battle, and indeed, should Gaetz ascend to the role of Attorney General in a future Republican administration, D.C. might need to do just that.
As a staunch critic of perceived Democratic missteps, his potential tenure could spell a period of rigorous scrutiny and a relentless quest for transparency and justice.
Whether or not this vision materializes, the message is crystal clear.
Gaetz is hinting at a new era – one where politicking takes a back seat, and the pursuit of justice roars forward, full throttle.
The game of Washington chess might be about to get a whole lot more interesting.