GOP Rep Matt Gaetz Rips Corker For Calling Party ‘Cult-Like’: He’s Just Mad He’s Not Sec. of State

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) insisted the GOP is not a cult of Trump on MSNBC today, where he went at it with Katy Tur defending President Trump‘s policies and knocking Bob Corker for his criticism of the President. Corker has been particularly pissed off at his party because more Republicans haven’t come out to support his effort to rein in the President’s power on tariffs. He went on a tear on the Senate floor yesterday saying Republicans are scared of angering Trump, and today he said the party is a basically a “cult” of Trump. Tur asked Gaetz point-blank, “Is the GOP a cult?” Gaetz responded, “The GOP is not a cult. We’re a party built on principles that right now are increasing economic opportunity for millions of Americans.” Tur pressed him on the idea that so many Republicans are too worried to speak out against Trump anything lest they incur his “wrath,” bringing up Mark Sanford‘s primary loss last night as an example. Gaetz said Trump’s issue with Sanford was likely on their “very different personalities” and he made a point of saying he personally believes Trump should’ve released his tax returns. When Tur brought up Corker again, Gaetz said, “I think that Senator Corker is a little upset that he got passed over for Secretary of State.” Tur asked if he really thinks this is personal. Gaetz said, “I do.” Watch the full segment above, via MSNBC. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

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