Matt Gaetz Comment About Black Senators Criticized

May 1, 2015

In-fighting in the Florida legislature is getting increasingly personal. But some observers are saying Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, may have crossed a line.

Update 11:30a.m.: Sen Arthenia Joyner's response to Rep. Matt Gaetz: 

“And so while the Speaker may try his best to walk back the motive of his member, he cannot walk back the 140 characters of Rep. Gaetz’s racist barb.  His words are the kind I have fought against my entire life, the relic of days through which I lived and hope never to live through again.

“So when the fight is resumed against a black U.S. President’s efforts to help all Americans, all Floridians  – no matter their color – get affordable healthcare, don’t insult us by telling us it’s about a deficit, or a broken system, or any other excuse other than the real one that’s driving this.

“Because there are 140 characters immortalized in cyberspace to remind us.”

Gaetz issued an apology for his comments. "My criticisms of ObamaCare Expansion and it's supporters are based solely on the facts. Deeply sorry if anyone read more into it than that," he tweeted.


In a tweet, Gaetz targeted Sens. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa and Dwight Bullard, D-Miami. Moments before Gaetz's comment, the Senate democratic caucus had filed a lawsuit against the House, saying  that chamber's early departure was unconstitutional. There were some misspellings in the hastily-crafted documents.

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