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of congress and the biden administration cabinet. browse our newest products at c-span.org. >> republican representatives matt gaetz of florida and marjorie taylor greene of georgia kicked off their america first tour. because of problem with the video, we are only able to show part of the event.
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[cheers and applause] rep. taylor greene: god bless you guys. all right, i just got to check something. i just want to make sure i'm in the right place. tell me, who is your president? >> donald trump! rep. taylor greene: that's my friends and family. i just want to make sure i'm not with antifa or blm or democratic-socialist. [crowd booing] did anybody here vote for joe biden? do you really think he won? thank you so much for coming out tonight. i did not see support for a man who campaigned in a basement.
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thank you for coming out tonight. >> [indiscernible] rep. taylor greene: aw, i love you, too. let me tell you all what we are doing, and it's really important. matt gaetz and i got together and said we got to do something. we live in the greatest country in the world, the united states of america. we are a nation of people that are not going to lay down to socialism, are we? no! that's right. screw socialism. that's how i feel about it. here's what we are doing. we are getting all of you together because it's time to bring hope back to the people of this country that love america,
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that love our freedom, that love our second amendment rights. [cheers and applause] that love the past four years when we had a president that showed us what america first policies look like. [cheers and applause] that put our american businesses first, the american people first. president trump was not wrapped up in identity politics, was he? >> no! rep. taylor greene: there was one thing he used to say, and i love it -- is in america we all bleed red, white, and blue. god bless america for that. [applause] so we are starting these america first rallies and we are going to take them across the country. [cheers and applause]
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because i'll tell you something -- i'm a first-time congresswoman. i've never held office before. i've never held -- i've never held office before. i'm a regular person just like every single one of you, and there's one thing i believe with all my heart -- is the people of this country are what matters, and it's the people of this country that make this country work. it's the small business owners, the people to go to work every single day and work long hours to make ends meet. it is our truck drivers, the people that work in our small businesses, restaurants, construction companies, all kinds of small companies across this country that love it so much that don't ask for a handout, work hard every single day, you pay taxes, you do everything right, but now you are being controlled in a government that is trying to
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take away all your freedoms. we are not going to let that happen. [cheers and applause] and i know for a fact when we pull everyone together because it is the people in america that can make a change, right? [cheers and applause] i believe in people over politicians. [cheers and applause] like many of you, i have been a business owner for the past two decades, and i never really was interested in politics a whole lot. i sure as heck never wanted to be a member of congress. this is a really dirty, rotten job, i can tell you that much, but there was a certain person that ran for president in 2016 -- [cheers and applause] and i liked what he had to say. i understood what he had to say,
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and it made sense to me to have someone like that running our country. he was a businessman. [cheers and applause] and then i will tell you what happened. we elected him. we got the republican-controlled house, the republican-controlled senate, donald j. trump in the white house, and i thought, wow, things are about to happen. we are going to build the wall. we are going to defund planned parenthood. we are going to defund sanctuary cities. [cheers and applause] yeah. we are going to repeal obama care, and i thought, wow, this is fantastic. but guess what -- that did not happen in the first two years with republicans running the show. did y'all say rinos? let me explain to you all what
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they don't understand in washington, d.c., what the political consultants and those that run everything in washington and the staff that never leaves, they just move around, they don't understand what you just said. rinos, republican in name only. they don't understand how regular people, which is all of the voters, 75 million people are tired of republicans saying these things but not delivering, right? [applause] we want everybody to know that. here's the deal, that is when i started paying attention, when nancy pelosi took the gavel. [boos] we make it work every day any
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in the real world. we are able to pay our bills. i think it is time for real people to go to washington. [applause] that is why i am a member of congress, and they don't like me very much. [applause] thank you. and i love you. you are the people i understand. i got to washington and i was not there very long, it was literally the second day when we had to vote on the rules in congress. nancy pelosi and the democrats decided they were going to erase gender in the rules for the 117th congress. imagine that, you cannot say,
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he, she, sister, daughter. have these people lost their mind? let me tell you, i found out more how crazy they are. and they call me crazy, which is funny. we voted on that, and i voted against it, but the democrats said we don't believe in gender, we aren't going to say these pronouns. the bills they introduce are atrocious. i want to inform you about something i was shocked by. you would not believe how many bills, most of them, get passed by people saying their vote. with a handful of members, they call the bill to the floor. we vote on it.
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the democrats are voting on all of their bills go, "yay. " then all of the republicans say, "nay," but some republicans say "yay," and it passes. the first time i saw a bill passed like that, i think it was audible when my chin hit the floor. i believe all members of congress should vote. what do you think? [applause] isn't that a novel idea? the democrats in charge were so sweet to me, and there were 11 republicans that were so nice to give me some free time and they decided to kick me off of committees over a few things
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they did not like on facebook, so it was interesting. they said they did not want me on committees. thank god because democrats run committees and they do not listen to republicans anyways. i'm a business owner, i make -- i have been a competitive athlete, and i like to compete and i hate to lose. if you want to give me some time, i'm going to figure out smart ways to use it. [applause] so i got with some smart people and learned about procedure and floor action, and how all this works in the chamber. then i found out that i can make things happen and i don't have to be on committees.
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[applause] i found out i can force every member of congress to vote on bills that are brought to the floor. you want to know. i don't think this is a republican or democrat issues, this is an american people issue. everyone deserves to know how their member of congress votes. i started calling, madam speaker, i would like yeas and nays. [applause] you would have thought a bomb had gone off in there, and that would be a bad thing. everyone was upset with me about that. the audacity of marjorie taylor greene calling for reported votes. how dare she put us on record?
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let me tell you all the things that were offensive, number one, guess what they had to do? when you call for a reported vote, everybody has to stop what they are doing and walk down to the chamber with a voting card and vote. does that sound so difficult to do? no. you would have thought it was the hardest thing ever. we were making these people work. oh, the complaining. the democrats were upset because it was messing up the schedule because they are trying to ram through all of the socialist bills, like the equality act. that puts biological men in our bathrooms and in our girls sports. how do you feel about that? i will come back to that. i have a good story. they had a bunch of other bills, like allowing felons to vote from prison.
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do you think that is a good idea? murder people and then you get to vote. cori bush likes that one, that was her bill. here is what we did. i started calling for recorded votes and democrats were upset because it is messing up the schedule and taking up time. i had to stop their lunches and fundraising calls, and get up from their naps and come down to vote. it was not just democrats upset with me, it was the republicans also. [boos] guess what? as a matter of fact, i got chewed out quite a few times, not by democrats because they do not talk to me. it was by republicans. do you want to know what they said? [cheering] >> marjorie, you don't want to do this.
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i said, why? why not? you're going to put people on record. you need to let these things pass quietly. you can vote your conscience and say yay or nay. that is not what i am here for. i know how to do a job, and i like to work hard. [applause] just like you. just like all of you, just like the american people, except the ones who love getting their bailout checks and staying home and will not go to work. that is another issue. i got chewed out for making people vote. it was republicans who did not like it. we can just go with the rinos. you will want names, do not you? see? this is what they don't understand. it is on both sides of the aisle. they have been there so long
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that they only know how to function together, and they forget who they work for. they work for you. [applause] let me tell you, once we started putting them on record and calling for recorded votes, and i started getting help from my friends in the house freedom caucus, and people like matt gaetz, and we started calling for recorded votes. that changed things. there was one week there were 28 bills set to go out, i've put it on twitter because that's where you tell everybody everything unless you get kicked off. i said i'll be calling for the yeas and nays. magically that list got dropped down to five bills that week. [applause]
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i will tell you one more thing that really sets them off is when i asked for a motion to adjourn. that really upset people. a motion to adjourn is very important. it is when you're saying congress needs to go home. congress needs to stop. i want to call for a motion to adjourn every day because congress is so out of control they need to stop and go home. [applause] >> let's talk about science. you believe in science, trust the science, right? i'll tell you a quick story about my neighbor across the hall. apparently i had a democrat across the hall, i do not know
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it because they do not talk to me much. i found out because there was video on twitter the week of the equality act, and i had been vocal about that saying, that is not a good idea. there is a video on twitter tagging me with my neighbor across the hall, democrat marie newman. i had never met her. i'm from the south. when we meet our neighbors, we do it with a plate of cookies, brownies, or a bottle of wine. that is not how i met my neighbor. she put a video up where she started a video on my nameplate on my door that you do not get to see because they do not allow you in the buildings that you pay for in washington, d.c. the video started on my nameplate, and then it went to her where she planted the flag by her door. ok. who is this lady?
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she is across the hall. so i said, ok, i will do my video to her, and it has evidently ben seen a lot. we started a video on her nameplate, then it panned over to me, and i put a sign on the wall. there are only two genders, male and female, trust the science. i lovingly call her maria new person -- because she does not believe in gender, so why call her newman? new person. i have left my sign up so when nancy pelosi decides the taxpayers can go in the capitol again, i hope you come to visit me and take a picture by my sign. [applause]
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i would very much like that. let's talk about other things. do you all think joe biden should be impeached? [applause] i think so too, as a matter of fact i introduced articles to impeach joe biden. and i really do not care if republicans are in the minority, i think we still need to work to impeach joe biden, and you do too. you see, biden has a certain weakness, and his name is hunter biden. hunter has an affinity with doing business in the ukraine and china, and i think that is a problem for the president of the united states, and it is a
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bigger problem for the american people. the democrats impeached president trump over a perfect phone call, by the way. i do not think that is the way that it works, and i think accountability is important. after all, the american people, we have had to be accountable, right? nobody just lets us off the hook because we are friends with all the right people, isn't that so? no. the american people deserve to see our leaders who are paid with our tax dollars held accountable for doing wrong to the american people. that was two weeks before i got kicked off my committees and maybe that had something to do with it. let's talk about a lovely lady named maxine waters.
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>> [crowd yelling no.] i cannot believe you do not like her. she has been serving in congress longer than i have been alive. how do you feel about a member of congress traveling to another state she does not live? in, where there have been riots night after night, going there late at night past curfew, demanding a certain verdict for a trial that was still going on. i think that is inappropriate. then telling the rioters, the people that are rioting, breaking the law, getting arrested at night, saying -- be more confrontational. stay in the street, take to the street. break the curfew, be more confrontational.
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here is the question we need to ask. after a year that the american people had to deal with watching cities burn, cities on fire, businesses looted, innocent people attack, ed, streets blocked, people in cars and trucks attacked, police officers night after night being attacked, and so much more. innocent people like retired police officer, david dorn, being murdered. let me ask you all, what is more confrontational than that? what did maxine waters mean? vaccine waters -- maxine waters should be expelled from congress. >> [applause] [applause] i introduced a resolution to expel maxine waters. [applause]
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i've also introduced a lot of legislation they keep saying, marjorie we cannot get that done. i have introduced strong border legislation. [applause] i've introduced very strong second amendment legislation to protect your gun rights. [applause] many bills, i have cosponsored many bills, and here is what they don't understand , and here is what you understand and i understand, you don't get something done in a day. you lay the groundwork and we may be in the minority, that does not matter, but we should be introducing strong legislation, articles of impeachment on biden, resolutions to expel maxine waters. [applause] you want to know why?
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they need the message that this is what we are going to do would when we get in the majority. [applause] the republicans in congress need a lesson from the american people. the republican voters. and the republican donors. money talks, everybody. that is right, you are the majority. here is what republicans in congress need reminded of. the republican voters and donors don't want to be told stuff on fox news. they do not want to be told things on the campaign trail. they don't want to be told anymore. republican voters and donors and people that might would join the republican party but they don't,
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they see republicans fail, is they want to see action. you want to see action. [applause] we did not see the action in the first two years in the republican-controlled congress under trump, did we? that is why we ended up with democrats controlling everything in the next two years. they don't think that is true, but we know that is true. we have an opportunity going into 2022, and let me tell you what america first rallies are all about. we need to send a message. here is the message. you see the democrats, the people in charge right now that put a great whole bunch of
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military around the capitol to let you know you cannot go there, the democrats that say they won the presidential race that are working very hard and fast and aggressively to pass their socialist agenda for america. the democrats that shame you all the time for supporting trump, that shame you for supporting america first, the democrats that call you ugly names like deplorable and insurrectionists, and all these ugly names that trash you. but guess where you hear that from the most, the media. you hear it from the media. [crowd cheering]
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you get told every single day, if you want election integrity you are a terrible person. it's the #resist crowd, it is the same women when president trump -- it is the same people who believe the russian collusion conspiracy lies, and the media that preached it until everybody wanted to throw up, those are the same people telling you, you don't have a right to see transparency in your elections. what do you all say about that? that is right. here is what is going to happen with america first rallies. very important. we are coming out strong. [applause] we are coming out very loud and very proud. [applause]
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we are coming out like we did for president trump at all these rallies because we have a message for the democrats and the fake news media, you're not going to destroy our country. you are not going to shame us for being proud american patriots. you are not going to put us down for letting loving president trump and what he did for the past four years. [applause] yes. that's right. yes. [crowd chanting usa]
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they thought you were not going to come out, they thought they had intimidated you, they thought you were defeated. they thought you people were done. we are not done. no we are not done. i will tell you why, they don't understand why, do you want to know why? here is why, because all of us are people that love this country. [applause] we love what it means to be an american. we don't care about people's skin color and gender. and all of this identity politics garbage. we don't want to be divided. we want to be americans together. [applause]
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[crowd chanting usa] thank you. i love you too. here's what i know about you, it's the same thing about me, we are grateful. we know what it means to be an american is special. it is what people all over the world want. we know for a fact that people died and bled to give us these freedoms, and we are so grateful. [applause]
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that's right. god bless you, if you are a veteran, stand up, god bless you. thank you. [cheers and applause] thank you so much. veterans that serve this country, they are the greatest men and women in this nation. they sign up -- none of these veterans signed up to go serve and protect our country because they wanted america to be a socialist nation, no. they signed up for freedom. because you love it and you want -- it is a tough job. i have a great life, i have a lot of fun at home with my family and friends. but i'm there because i want to
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save this country. i'm really happy to be here. thank you. and i'm with you. so i'm going to give up this microphone because there's someone else here you definitely need to hear from because he's so great, i'm so happy i serve with him. but most importantly, remember. this i want you to rise up, i want you to tell all of your friends and family that from now on, it's people over politicians. we're going to save america and stop socialism by putting america first. god bless you guys. [cheers and applause] ♪
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matt: where should we go? marjorie taylor greene asked me to kick off the america first rally tour. the villages, i said! thank you all so much. i cannot tell you how much this means to me, to have you here, supporting marjorie and i. i am a marked man in congress. i am a canceled man in some corners of the internet, i might be a wanted man by the depeep state but i am a florida man and it is good to be home. you're the lucky ones, you got in. there are more than 1,000 people outside who wanted to be here. [cheers and applause] i think two of them might have
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been antifa. there is not a strong antifa chapter in the villages. i don't think any of the people on the republican side running for president in 2024 could draw a crowd this big if their name wasn't donald trump. [cheers and applause] and so, today, we send a strong message to the weak establishment in both parties. america first isn't going away. we're going on tour. [applause] here in florida and across this great country, we love america so much and we will not wave the flag of surrender in the face of the democrats, the socialists, the deep state, or the establishment. america is too precious. we love her too much.
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and we will never stop fighting for her. [cheers and applause] this is our first stop but there will be many more. america's greatest president and the undisputed leader of the republican party, donald j. trump, might join us on a few or we might join him. [cheers and applause] we have never abandoned trump and he has never abandoned america. he is still fighting for us. we he will continue to fight for us, and we're going to have his back when he does. [cheers and applause] the way forward is not a repackaged, regurgitated version of paul ryan's better way. [crowd yelling no] it's certainly not the green new deal and the socialist way.
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our way, america first, will rule the day. [cheers and applause] isn't it obvious? it's our ideas and patriotism and positive populism that feels the rallies if the prayeries of wyoming to the villages of florida. [cheers and applause] on immigration. and trade. we will stand with america's workers, not the socialist billionaires or the corporate woke-topians. we will oppose the forever wars that send america's bravest patriots to far away lands for unknowable gain, and we will stand with american families against the genderless, blue-haired woke-topians of the
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chas. they tried. they tried to make part of seattle an autonomous zone. then they took over the democratic party and made the democratic party their autonomous zone. we will make sure that america is an autonomous zone for freedom and liberty and success and prosperity and we will not apologize for it one minute. to my friend, congresswoman marjorie taylor greene, we know georgia needs you. there's a lot going on in georgia. but you should consider florida your second home. you would make a great florida woman. [cheers and applause] you know why they go after marjorie the way they do. she is an unbought congresswoman. unbossed. unbought. unbowed. that is the mantra of america first.
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we will not cave. we will not cave to the foreign interests abroad or the special interests here at home. we will put our people first and we will not make exception for that. and so, if you believe that america is a wonderful country, not an interactably racist country. if you believe that maga is patriotic, not deplorable. if you standifer flag and kneel in prayer, if you want to build america up and not tear her down, then welcome, my fellow patriots, this is the movement for you. you belong with us of. to help our country, to be prosperous and patriotic and unafraid. [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting usa] so this tour -- this tour is an
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invitation to our fellow patriots to join a positive populist movement. and we need our fellow patriots to join us because it is no longer just the red team against the blue team in politics. it's the establishment against the rest of us. you know what? there's more of us than there are of them. they know it. that's why they're so afraid. that's why they hope that this movement dies. but we will never let her die because we will never let america die. [cheers and applause] from the deep state and government, to the deep fakes in media, they tried to defame, deplatform and destroy that which they cannot control. and they could not control trump, and they could not control me, and they certainly can't control congresswoman marge rhee taylor greene!
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big government, big media, big tech, they would all breathe a sigh of relief if marge rhee taylor greene and i were no longer in the congress fighting for you. they lie about us because we tell the truth about them and we are not going to stop. [applause] and we are not powerless in this fight. we are a powerful movement. you are powerful people. as president trump reminds us, we are the elite now. so let our beautiful, cherished constitution be our guide. we have a right to speak freely and to assemble and we better use it. the terms of service on twitter should never be more important than the values that undergird the first amendment of our constitution. and we need more than just a
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legalistic definition of the first amendment. we need a culture of free speech in america. can you believe the facebook oversight board took president trump off of their platform? what does that say? they're afraid of the truth. youtube. thank goodness youtube does not define the truth or falsity related to the coronavirus. i think think think they do. but we shouldn't let them. youtube would have banned galileo if they had the chance. but the internet hall monitors out in silicon valley, they can't cancel this rally, or this movement, or this tour, or this congressman. [cheers and applause]
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we have a right to bear arms in this country. and we better use it. the second amendment is not about hunting. it is not about sport shooting. the second amendment is about maintaining within the citizenry the ability to maintain an armed rebellion against a tyrannical government if necessary. [applause] and you know what, people may not like that. that might not be politically correct. but that is the truth. often times the truth is politically incorrect. we have a right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure and we better protect it. for everyone who thinks the deep state doesn't exist if you have any of those friends that say, oh, if you think the deep state exists you're a conspiracy theorist. why do democrats need this? it's a political refill.
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when you look at the major cities controlled by democrats, san francisco, l.a., chicago, new york, detroit, they're in ruin. so what they have to do is they have to have a political refill of a new population because they have failed the voters who have trusted them the most, often times for generations. i guess you need new blood when the old blood is tox fied with pollutants, spilling in the streets in violence, and pulsing with addiction. on the right, we've got establishment republicans who are just all too willing to be shills for big corporations. and we got too many big corporations that are just fine with illegal immigration. they sort of diminish their risk by using employee leasing companies an that is a basis to keep wages down for the american people or legal immigrants who
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have come here according to our process. it's about money, it's about power and we have to stand against it. but if we want our politics and our policies to get better, if we want our trade deals to get better, if we want our money to be sounder, if we want our borders to have integrity, then our elections must have integrity. [cheers and applause] and the democrats -- and the dems and all their buddies on the big corporate boards, they're telling us that getting an i.d. requirement to vote is racist. now keep in mind, the very people who are telling you that getting an i.d. to vote would be racist want to require vaccine passports. so if an i.d., i'll put it this
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way. if requiring vaccine passports isn't racist, then requiring an i.d. to vote isn't racist. i think my colleague, burgess owens said it best. burr sess owens is a black republican, was in the nfl, tackled o.j. burgess says, requiring an i.d. to vote isn't racist. assuming that black people can't get an i.d. is what is racist. so we support the brave patriots in georgia and in florida and all across this country that want to protect the integrity of the vote and that's going to be a major part of this tour that marjorie and i bring across the country, demanding voter integrity. [cheers and applause] i do not diminish the challenge
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that is ahead. democrats control some very powerful institutions. they control the presidency. the house. the senate. and they're using that power. to try to demoralize and at times even target their political enemies. but in america, patriotism always signs through when we demonstrate toughness. and grit. in 1772, sam adams sent james warren around the communities of plymouth, and the goal was to try to excite the notion of independence in people. and to get them engaged and thoughtful and pro-activ regarding the motion of -- regarding the notion of a new, great american nation. the patriot irk spirit was always coming and going and there were times it was more going than coming. and warren reported back to
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adams, all are dead and we cannot raise the dead without a miracle. speaking of the patriots and those we needed to maintain a revolution. and adam replied, never despair. let that be the motto of you and me. all are not dead. and where there is but a spark of patriotism, we will rekindle it. my friends -- that spark is a raging inferno here in florida and across the great maga nation. this is not a movement for the timid or the tired. that is a movement about winning. winning so much that we get tired of it. after all, isn't that what we were promised? god bless you. thank you. thanks for having my back. thanks for fighting with us. let's go get 'em! [cheers and applause] ♪
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some will win some will lose some will sing the blues ♪♪ >> don't leave. don't leave. wait. you're over here. i'm over here. stick around. stick around. don't go anywhere. matt: we just thought we'd have a little chat. talk about our time in congress. what we've got to do. i know there's more waiting if you've got to go, other folks can come in. i wanted -- there was a moment in congress, kind of behind the scenes, that i got to observe. i wanted to be able to share it with all of you. with some republicans, there is a real fear that if you fight hard and you stick your neck out, well, gosh, then, people might write mean blog posts about you or say awful things about your family on twitter. so there was a feeling among some of our fellow republicans that if we would just abandon
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marjorie, if we would just send her to some basement office and pretend she didn't exist, then maybe people would be nicer us to. a lot of those folks didn't even know this fantastic, patriotic woman. and marge rhee gave a speech to our -- and marjorie gave a speech to our conference about her life, about her experiences, about her ideology, about her mistakes. and she won so many of them over. and my fiancee ginger said to me, why can't you do that? and i don't know. because i haven't really won that many over. but marjorie i wanted a chance for you to talk less about policy and more about the fantastic life you've led that's given all of us the great benefit of your public service. marjorie: thank you. thank you, matt. thank you. ginger, i don't know where you are right now but honey i'll talk to you about marriage
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later. it's ok. i've been married a listening time. he's going to be fantastic. so i got judged very, very harshly by the media. they created a character of me that doesn't exist. and decided to tell the whole world about this person. and the entire time, my husband, my kids, my family, my mom and my dad and everyone we know was outraged at the media for what they were saying about me because they knew that those thing weren't true an that's not who i am. so just as matt said, they attacked all the republicans in the conference and wanted all of them to denounce me and stay away from me and they wanted, like matt just said, basically put me in a basement, make me ride out my two years, they figured they could shame me and i wouldn't say anything. >> that means you're doing
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something good and they hate you. marjorie: thank you. so you know, it was at a time, i hadn't even met all my republican colleagues yet. you know what i did? i stood up in the -- in front of the conference, this was not public because our republican conference meetings are private. i decided to let all my colleagues know exactly who i am. a wife. a mother. a christian. a business owner. and very much a normal person. [applause] that makes mistakes, that makes mistakes, but i'm willing to say when i'm wrong. and that's what all of us are. we're regular people, right? and we don't need the shiny, perfect politicians because those are fake. perfect people don't exist. but, courageous, bold, freedom-loving, patriotic people exist. i'm so excited i'm sitting right beside one right here on the stage. [cheers and applause]
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matt: so during this time, marjorie, you take a pretty unprecedented tactical move and you hold a press conference. and the media brought knives to a flame thrower fight. because you torched them you pointed out the hypocrisy and the double standard from these media companies who lied to our country for years about president trump and they have the nerve to now come and question you. why don't more of our colleagues do that? [applause] marjorie: they should, matt, you're right, they should. here's the deal. the media, they do lie thism only take a little piece of what they want you to know about or what they want the people to know about. then they twist it and turn it. they're fact checking us right now on cnn, by the way. that's fun. hey, matt, did you know cnn has lost half their ratings?
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matt: no! marjorie: so they -- matt: the other half are televisions left on in nursing homes where governor cuomo put people with covid back in. marjorie: right. because they were there by themselves because of covid-19. that's a terrible shame. they do it to themselves. you know. here we are, and matt and i want to protect all our freedom we do. freedom of the press is an amazing thing. we want to protect that. we don't want government, state-run media. but the media does it to themselves. they don't realize that all of you are sick of it. you're sick and tire fed -- you're sick and tired of it. matt: marjorie, we've got this battle going on for the soul of the republican party.
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and after trump became a florida man again -- [cheers and applause] there were a lot of these people that just thought, well, biden presents the perfect opportunity to go back to normal. to put the lobbyists in charge. to watch america slip into a state of decline. they want us to go back to being an amnesty party. to being a war party. to being a party that's for every trade deal even if it really hurt ours workers, to the benefit of some foreign country or some special interest. so give a little flavor to everyone here about the challenge we face in washington because let me tell you something, we don't get this kind of treatment in washington. you're getting a lot -- you're being a lot nicer to us than we're used to there. i love you too! [cheers and applause] marjorie: one of the first times i really went to matt was, i think this was literally what,
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dinumber one or two? first week. and i went in his office and i had a question for him because i'm used to owning and running a company where we make plans and we work really hard and we achief our goals and we serve our customers. i said, matt, when do we start getting together and planning things? and like, working on how to stop the democrats and things we need to work on? and matt said -- matt: i'm still waiting. i've been there for four years. marjorie came in just like a businesswoman. she said all right, they've got the majority but we've got seats on committees. let's target the most important objectives, let's find out which members of our team are good at certain areas, let's try to help people that need to develop more to be good communicator, let's get the right policy guidance for people that might need that marjorie: wow, matt, that makes so much sense. that's what we should be doing.
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matt: so we didn't go, i didn't go to the like republican retreat. because i feel like the republicans have been in a constant state of retreat. i'm ready for an advance, not a retreat. and they go to the retreat and basically the whole retreat is kevin mccarthy and liz chaney. i'm think, why didn't they listen to us three or four months ago when we said, this is not going to work. we're all about inviting people's input and their thought process to the political right but when somebody's fundamental view is we don't need to work on election integrity, we don't need to work on the crisis at the border, we can find four more countries to invade before lunchtime tomorrow, that person should not be the spokesperson of the republican party. we knew that then. i'm glad our colleagues have caught up. maybe we're the leaders, marjorie. they follow us. [cheers and applause]
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marjorie: i didn't go to the republican conference trip either. i didn't go on that retreat. so i don't know how much you guys know but we already tried to remove liz chaney as our chairwoman. there was a very big effort there. we voted to kick her out a few months ago. we were ahead on this. we don't understand why it took leadership and everybody else to get to this point. but that's the problem, isn't it? exactly the problem. they don't understand what matt just described about formulating plans and organizing and putting people in charge where their strengths are and developing something that is going to work and aggressively work while the democrats are systematically tearing down our country and burning it to the ground. matt: money plays a big role. i can just tell you, there are
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three members of congress who don't take corporate p.a.c. money. ted cruz. matt gaetz, and marjorie taylor greene. marjorie: that's right. as a matter of fact, i think the $5 that someone donates to us means more to us than -- and your support and your thank yous and your kind letters and the wonderful thingus say mean more to us -- matt: your prayers. some of us need those more than others at times. [cheers and applause] marjorie: ok. let's tell them a few little stories. matt: ok, go ahead. marjorie: ok, so i did talk to one democrat recently. [booing] just one. from new york 14.
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i'm in georgia's 14th district, she's from new york's 14th district. a.o.c. wait, wait. i mean sandy. sandy cortez. so little sandy wrote a little 14-page piece of legislation called the green new deal. is anyone familiar? little sandy has a degree in economics. i have a business degree and i'm a successful business owner. but sandy has worked in the restaurant industry. that's a hard job. i waited tables in college. i commend her for that, i'm serious. but i have a real big problem with the green new deal. it's going to destroy our economy. and it's going to hand over our energy needs to china. so by the -- who by the way has no interest in bowing to the climate gods. as a matter of fact, president
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xi has said he's going to increase production and increase carbon output to 2035 when joe biden says he's cutting ours in half by 2030. i don't think that's a very smart strategy, do you? so i've been tweeting at a.o.c. because social media seems to be the only way to talk to her. and she didn't tweet back. so i don't know what that's all about. but i've been say, i want a debate about the green new deal. because we owe it to the american people to debate the green new deal from the opposite sides because it's the american people that it would truly affect. and so, matt and i were hanging out in the chamber. watching the insanity that goes on every day. i thinkierry nadler was taking a nap. nancy pelosi was not up there in the chair where she's supposed
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to be like she never is. where does she go? do we even know? matt: she's off ripping up speeches. marjorie: she's getting her hair blown out. matt: there's nothing wrong with getting your hair blown out. nothing at all. marjorie: matt does have the greatest hair. i said oh my gosh, there's sandy. she's down there. i see her. so i hopped up, when down and i was like hey, i'm marjorie taylor green. matt: at this point, i gather everybody at the back and say, this is going to be good. marjorie: i'm like, glad i caught you here where we work, or something like that. but i'd like to debate you on the green new deal. first off, she wasn't very happy to talk to me. i don't understand why. and she said, well have you even read it?
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i was like, oh my goodness, she sounds like my kids did when they were in high school. i said, i've read most of it. she goes, well if you would read it then we could talk about debating it. i was like, ok. i think i'll finish the 14 pages and then we'll debate it. and she said, well you want a debate like on national television and pay-per-view. i said, yeah. yes i do. i want as many people to see it as possible. and that -- she couldn't believe that. i said here's the situation. i'm a business owner. i sign paychecks. i created jobs. i build the economy. you've never done that before and you have no right to introduce the green new deal that's going to destroy our economy.
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[cheers and applause] then she told me something i didn't know. she said, well i've watched restaurants in new york. but here's the deal. guess what. she didn't own one. she didn't work through the past year where they could barely keep their doors open. and many of them closed down. she has no clue what it's like to try to bring customers in. try to make and keep your employees on the payroll. and pay the rent and pay the bills and hope to god that maybe you have a little money left to pay yourself. she doesn't understand that. but she's got a degree in economics and she's launched restaurants before. matt: she's not my least favorite member of congress. that goes to adam schiff.
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this guy just -- the lies just pour out of him. and what i wonder is, like, did they think we were never going to get the truth? did they think we wouldn't finally see that the whole russia hoax was built on a lie? did they think that president trump wouldn't release the transcript from the ukraine call? these people had a blood lust for impeachment and it hurt our country. we could have done so much more if they would have seen the potential in coming together and advancing our nation. but yeah, if there was one member i had to get rid of, it -- if i had maxine or schiff it would be a tough one. it would be a tough one. marjorie: i have to tell you, aren't we all thankful for the hard work that congressman matt gaetz did in this russia hoax? thank you. [cheers and applause] he defended our president. he fought for him. he fought for our country against the big lie, the big
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lie, which is russian collusion, conspiracy theory. matt: thank you. [crowd chanting "usa"] matt: thank you. they always come for the fighters, don't they? they don't come for the meek. they come for the fighters. and you know, it's easy to see now how fake all of that was after we saw mueller testify. but at the time, we had a bunch of republicans embracing mueller. paul ryan. you know to an extent tre' gowdy. they were like, let mueller do his work and hope donald trump didn't do anything wrong. there were people like jim jordan and john ratcliffe and others who saw through it. by the way, you know who is
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another hero during the russia hoax? the best governor in america, ron desantis. they love desantis. they love desantis. [cheers and applause] you hear that? [cheers and applause] i remember campaigning with ron desantis when we could have had the whole campaign meet in an elevator and still had room for social distancing. but he's done a great job. he's shown true leadership. as we take the tour around the country, we want to highlight america first leaders all across the country who need that. when you're willing to draft in with the establishment, there's so much support for you. the lobbyists will tell you how to vote.
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the p.a.c. fundraisers will pour money on you. they'll tell you where the embassy parties are. it's a nice life. if you post up on them like desantis has, like kristi noem has in south dakota, they come for you. >> we love you! matt: i love you too. don't say that too loud, they're be asking if you're my ex-wife or something. marjorie: i want to bring something up to you all. i think it's very important for us to recognize, i really want to say how much i'm thankful to my husband and my children and my family. and how -- and how thankful we are to ginger and all of matt's family. they really mean the world to us. they're our support.
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they're our backbone. [cheers and applause] matt: ginger and i will get married soon. when you say your vows, they say, do you take them for better or worse. ginger won't just come with a ring, she'll come with a record. thank you. marjorie: i've got one more request for you guys. how about singing happy birthday to the congressman. all right. ♪ happy birthday to you happy birthday to you happy birthday dear matt happy birthday to you ♪♪ matt: thank you all so much. thank you for supporting us, thank you for supporting congresswoman marjorie taylor greene, the best is yet to come!
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