tv Rep. Matt Gaetz Addresses Save America Summit CSPAN April 9, 2021 7:13pm-7:34pm EDT
[applause] >> thank you for having me. i love you with all of my heart and the best is indeed yet to come. keep fighting. after a russian hoax, and an election that was stolen, we need to reestablish both parties, and i would not have it any other way. we have your back, is a sentiment i have heard from thousands of americans. i cannot tell you how much it means to me. this past week has been full of encouragement from president trump, marjorie taylor greene,
and the magna nation -- the maga nation i love. i am built for the battle and i am not going anywhere. the smears against me range from my personal life, and i will not be extorted. the truth will avail -- will prevail. i hail from northwest florida, a land of heroes. i represent the district that has the highest concentration of active military in the country.
serving and fighting against the endless wars weighs on me. it is the most serious and somber obligation of my service. it inspires me to be my best. bryson -- inspiration is often wrong from those closest to us. -- often drawn from those closest to us. isabella is an immigrant to our country. she was born in brazil and india
up and washington, d.c. because if she was going to have an american asked arians, she wanted to be in the capital city. it's what do people do when they need jobs in washington dc? they go to capitol hill. she worked for congresswoman sheila jackson lee. one evening as my staff and i were working late, she showed up at my door. i am tired of being on the america last team, she said. would there be a spot for me on your team?
i was surprised that a democrat would reach out to our office for employment over more moderate speakers. i have watched you work. today, isabella is a member of my senior staff and we work closely together on a daily basis. she had the courage to jeopardize her career just by talking to me. the people of this country are better off because of her resolve and resilience. sometimes we can uncover motivation in unusual places. let me tell you about dawn.
she was a hospice care coordinator. some rich people said i was insane to hire dawn as my for nader, but i thought that someone who could manage logistics and comfort dying people with exactly someone i needed. all of the wreck and date -- recommendations sent to me were men. i take the words of margaret thatcher to heart. if you want something said, get a man. if you want something done, hire a woman.
besides, 40-year-old intern is the plot of a vince vaughn movie. she took an unpaid internship, then a paid internship, then the lowest salary position in my office. she is now the director of operations and a member of my senior staff. she had zero capitol hill experience, but earned her way. they want trade deals that screw over american workers the bottom line of some business or investment opportunity on wall street. they want illegal immigration to drive down american wages, and it takes people like allison who
battle not for the money, or self adulation, but for the love of the country to win. there is no distant land to convert for our purposes. jillian is a military spouse. i mentioned before i have a special spot in my heart for military families. her husband spent time overseas in combat. she had paused her career for her husband, but she was itching to get back into the game, and for good reason. she is the best at what she does. something called remote work,
where someone can be in a different place and contribute their effort, talents, and make the operation better. before hiring jillian to be my communications director, i had been on tv once. since hiring her, i had been on tv. communication with her expertise. i saw and heard this tremendous -- saw in her this tremendous potential. you may have seen a recent
documentary called the swamp, which chronicled my time in congress. there was a scene filmed that was not include -- included in the movie, where the director asked me how is it that you are led by so many females? it is how i was raised. when i was 12 years old, i -- three years old, i learned that my mother had a blood clot that had burst and would never walk again. my mother has been running. she has built businesses, she's
contributed her time, talent, and treasure to nonprofits that help -- that help abused and neglected animals. nothing slows her down. i have seen determination and drive in my mother that i have never seen in any man. i do know there is something special, tangible, and powerful and what women have, and i have known it all of my life. there is a sentiment among some women in the workforce that men are hired and promoted based on potential, but women are hired and promoted based on what they have done. my service in congress is more meaningful, impactful in noteworthy because i have seen the potential unlock with so many brilliant, patriotic women
that i have had the chance to work. for us to truly make america great again, we will need all that america has two offer. men and women, gay and straight, rural and suburban, lack, white, brown, everybody. george herbert walker bush said, i am a white man and i hear the quiet people in our country. well, america first is not a quiet movement, and i am not a quiet man. i hear the millions of americans who feel forgotten, canceled, ignored, marginalized, and targeted.
i draw confidence knowing silent majority is growing louder by the day. i welcome the different movements, anyone who can rally around our inclusive america first agenda. it is going to take all of us, one great big team to make america the best version of herself. what is in the mind and heart is never lost. we have tasted victory, we have renegotiated trade deals, had drawdowns from wars, and created peace and acceptance for the land that -- that has been hours
for 200 years. before the chinese coronavirus attacks our bodies, and fraud attack the election. they could not beat trump at the ballot box in 2016, so they tried impeachment. that did not work, so they ran to the mailbox with millions of ballots swirling around without any true and very -- verifiable connection. two voters. -- connection to voters. no -- trump did his job.
it is our job to keep up the craving, and we don't retreat when the battle for the soul of our country calls. big government, big tech, big media would all breathe a sigh of relief if i was no longer there. i am the only republican in congress that does not take money from lobbyists. that scares them, and it should. they lie about me because i tell the truth about them. so when you see the lies,