In addition to proposing a bill to abolish the EPA, Freshman Congressman Matt Gaetz is making headlines this week for his refusal to condemn supporters who have threatened to perform violence in his name.
In January, Gaetz announced a planned day of public events on February 23, calling it “#OpenGaetz” day. As many other Republican congressman are experiencing, these events are prime opportunities for angry constituents to make their voices heard in this difficult political environment.
Protests quickly organized, intent on making it clear that Gaetz’ constituents are not okay with his plan to gut the EPA. The bulk of the protests are to be concentrated at Gaetz’ lunchtime event at Grover T’s BBQ in Milton. It is there that a group of counter-protesters are expected to arrive, possibly bearing firearms and ammunition.