Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez eviscerated Matt Gaetz for referring to the suicide of Jamie Raskin’s son in an attack on the committee member on January 6.
She described him as a “bad haircut in a cheap suit”, was only in Congress for her father’s money, and didn’t compare to Raskin.
Florida’s Republican representative said Maryland Democratic lawmaker Raskin was in a dark place and “unable” to do his job because of his son’s suicide.
Speaking on Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s podcast, Gaetz said: “The country shouldn’t have to go through all this with him.”
He went on to say that the trauma of losing a child clouded Raskin’s judgment.
“What worries me about Raskin, in all seriousness — when people encounter trauma, they often associate a lot of other things around that trauma, even if they don’t associate naturally or rationally,” Gaetz said.
Democratic Representative from New York Ocasio-Cortez came to the defense of the Maryland congressman on Twitter, posting: “Deputy Raskin is a greater statesman, congressman, human being than most of us. History will remember him.”
She added a tribute to Raskin’s son, who died on New Year’s Eve 2020, aged 25: “Tommy was a remarkable person and a testament to his parents’ love.”
Turning her attention to Gaetz, she blasted the Florida legislator: “Gaetz is a bad haircut in a cheap suit, a feat of mediocrity, since he’s here with daddy’s money. Goodbye.”
In his fullest comments, Gaetz said, “As a human being, our hearts go out to him. But I think he accepts that trauma and now associates it with his work in Congress in such an intertwined way that he is unable to experience Congress outside of just the dungeon of that personal trauma.”
Both he and Greene said they were in Congress to serve the people and out of love for the country.
In yet another attack on Raskin, the Florida lawmaker said: “We are not here out of a feeling of resentment or hatred. We love America.”
He continued, referring to tonight’s public hearing of the Capitol riot committee that Raskin is sitting on: relevant to the challenges we speak about.”
Mr. Gaetz concluded: “But it could be profoundly relevant to what he’s going through. And the country shouldn’t have to go through all this with him.”
In October 2021, Representatives Gaetz and Raskin clashed in a heated argument at the House Rules Committee hearing on Steve Bannon’s criminal complaint.
Raskin questioned Gaetz about whether he was okay with Joe Biden winning the 2020 election, while the Republican retorted that the Democrats’ obsession with January 6 was to hide their lack of progress in Congress.
Democratic Representative Raskin has written candidly about his son’s battle with depression and the trauma of losing him in his book: The Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy.