Rep. Matt Gaetz Discusses Trump Indictment, Border Crisis, Farming At Jay Event

June 10, 2023

Congressman Matt Gaetz met with constituents in Jay Friday evening, discussing tops from the indictment of former President Donald Trump to immigration to the price of fertilizer.

Commerce Street in the heart of Jay was closed and bleachers were set up outside Scott’s Outdoors. Gaetz walked out of the store to chants of “USA, USA!” from the crowd on a muggy evening before he was introduced by Mike Scott, a third generation owner of the store.

“At Scott’s Outdoors, we stand for the constitution of the United States,” Scott said. “We stand for the right to keep and bear arms in this United States.”

“I never thought we’d be at this moment where America was at risk of looking more like a third world country than the greatest society that’s ever existed in all of human history,” Gaetz said. “This indictment against President Trump is not only factually unsound and legally unreasonable, it is explicit election interference. And I think everybody knows, if Donald Trump wouldn’t running for president again, and if he wouldn’t winning, this wouldn’t be happening. Joe Biden has had classified records in his house since 1974. I wouldn’t even born; I wouldn’t even a twinkle in my daddy’s eye.

“This is really an affront against us, against the people,” he said.

The Northwest Florida Congressman spoke out against debt limit increases and across the board cuts for every federal agency.

Instead, he said he wants to abolish the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor and make other targeted agency cutbacks.

“I tell them in Washington — alcohol, tobacco and firearms is just a good weekend in Northwest Florida, not a need for government agency,” he said to laughter from the crowd.

Gaetz said he wants to see term limits for the House and a balanced budget.

Wearing a “Keep America Farming” cap, the congressman said food security is national security as farmers face fertilizer costs up 40% and other financial challenges.

And he wants to see better decisions on the border.

“I am for legal immigration,” he said. “I believe that having the ambition edge on the rest of the world is a really important thing for the United States of America.But allowing people to come in without permission, without any sense of screening…we should be allowed to choose the people we want. Is that a bad thing to say? That we as a country should choose who comes and goes. In all of your homes, do you choose who comes and goes?”

Pictured: Congressman Matt Gaetz speaks to a crowd in Jay Friday evening. Images by WEAR 3 for, click to enlarge.


30 Responses to “Rep. Matt Gaetz Discusses Trump Indictment, Border Crisis, Farming At Jay Event”

  1. Mae on June 14th, 2023 11:57 am

    So, abolish the EPA?? What does this guy think he’s doing? The Environmental Protection Agency should be getting more help and more participation from everyone!!! Not trying to shut it down! This is the agency responsible for Regulating resources. These regulating resources are considered to be Air quality regulation, Climate regulation, Erosion regulation, Water purification, Pest regulation, and Natural Hazard Regulation….if you take out the governing factor for all of these regulatory processes people will trash the ecosystems for financial gain waaaay worse than they are already doing. Without these regulations in place, more harm will come to our lives, our children’s and their children’s lives, nature, and its inhabitants, and environmental destruction at its WORST!!!!

  2. Bob on June 13th, 2023 8:59 pm

    @Easy Defeat

    We tried that in 2020 with Phil Ehr.

    He lost in a landslide.

    The people of District 1 would happily vote for Satan himself, as long as he had an ‘R’ next to his name.

  3. Easy Defeat on June 13th, 2023 5:21 pm

    A conservative independent with military experience/veteran, around 40 years old, banking/finance background, and supportive of bay/Gulf environmental quality, and a good transportation system would knock Gaetz out of office. A coalition of enough Republicans, Democrats, and especially all the independents would likely get the largest percentage of voters in FL-1.

    The only way to get the nation running correctly is to elect people who don’t want to sabotage it.

    People like Gaetz make me quite nervous about what my grandchildren will be dealing with, among many other issues (often shown as mug shots in NE).

  4. I’m not buying that excuse on June 13th, 2023 5:03 pm

    Sorry, TaxPayer. I’m not buying into an argument that there was no choice in the last election.

    In the Republican Primary in 2022, Gaetz had a qualified opponent. Republicans overwhelmingly voted for Gaetz to move forward in the General Election.

    Did you vote in the Republican Primary? Or were you part of the 75% to 80% who did not?

  5. Bob Nixon on June 13th, 2023 1:56 am

    Where’s Maj. Greene?

  6. Jimbo on June 12th, 2023 4:18 pm

    All I can say is, “I could not be prouder of this group than I am right now.” I fully expected to read the comments and see everyone agree with Gaetz and his craziness, but alas, I was wrong! It looks as if the majority have finally realized what Trump really is and how Gaetz is absolutely no better. If we want our country to change, we must initiate the change. These two, and others, have played us all for far to long and confused us with the constant lies. Thanks for restoring my hope in bringing some sanity back to this nation.

  7. TaxPayer on June 12th, 2023 12:56 pm

    I’m sorry to say I’m on record as having voted for this clown. In my defense, he was running against Rebekah Jones, so I didn’t feel like I had a choice.

  8. Mr. Metoo on June 11th, 2023 11:43 pm

    Did Jethro Bodine Clampett come to town and buy clothes fron Tractor Supply Store? That is an insult to the the people in this area. Should have rolled his sleeves up and pretended to be from the working class. What bills have you sponsored that specifically helped Northwest Florida? That’s what you should be here to talk about.

  9. do the right thing on June 11th, 2023 6:17 pm

    trump has NO security clearance, that stop the minute another president was sworn in. he has no rights to anything that belongs to the government, classified or Non classified they are not his.
    Nuclear information has dual protection, and it requires both the president and Atomic Energy to approve it to be declassified and should have a record it was done so.

    My question, why would he (Trump) take them and keep them??

    there are NO justifying trumps actions.

    trump brought this on himself.

  10. Bewildered on June 11th, 2023 11:06 am

    All this political pandering is irrelevant as far as I am concerned. Would love to get an answer from ANYBODY when the average citizen can have a normal life again. We are a third world country where everything that’s not nailed and bolted down is stolen the minute you look away. For the life of me I don’t understand how the majority of people can’t see that we are going in the wrong direction. Get rid of Trump, Gaetz for all I care ; but PLEASE also include stumbling lying Biden, totally incoherent Feinstein and Fetterman and all lifelong corrupt politicians. We should be embarrassed voting for these crooked idiots over and over

  11. Native on June 11th, 2023 8:00 am

    Joe Scarborough 2.0. A self promoting panderer who doesn’t believe most of what he says.

  12. David Huie Green on June 10th, 2023 11:03 pm

    “the president is aloud to declassify documents and therefore be in possession”


    Yes. The President is allowed to declassify documents. The fact that he did not do so should be clear since he was recorded admitting it last year. Not that it would matter since the records at issue in this indictment still have classification markings not personal records and contain information relating to the national defense and a violation of the Espionage Act — apart from the fact that all the records were stolen. It is amazing anyone does not understand this fact: they were stolen.

    Also, the President is allowed to have in his possession documents.

    Former President Trump is not the President. The documents he stole were not his.

    David for civic literacy

  13. Brandon on June 10th, 2023 9:08 pm

    A lot of hurt feelings in here along with internet lawyers espousing “their truth” based on cnn hearsay talking points… FYI the president is aloud to declassify documents and therefore be in possession of them much like the higher courts ruled so on behalf of President Bill Clinton years ago… Y’all know it all’s until you know nothing…

  14. Give me a break on June 10th, 2023 7:52 pm

    @M Geddings

    Apparently the DOJ under trump/republican control couldn’t manage to create evidence not in existence. Now that the former guy is caught admitting he knew he was violating the law, y’all want to claim it’s not fair.

    And Matt Gaetz is merely a performance artist trying to get richer.

  15. Henry Coe on June 10th, 2023 7:36 pm

    re:M Geddings ,

    As far as I know the there are no indictments from the DOJ for Clinton or Biden. Lots of smear and innuendos, but no indictments.
    If you want to challenge the validity of Trump’s indictments you would do it by reading the Trump indictments and then discuss each part separately.
    It’s my bet that Trump’s lawyers will not be presenting a defense that has anything to do with “whataboutism” related to Biden or Clinton or anyone else, but that’s just a guess.
    Read the indictments.

  16. Truth Teller on June 10th, 2023 5:46 pm

    I don’t know Matt Gaetz personally, but have had the pleasure of watching and listening to him fight for Truth, our district and our beautiful United States of America. He has the courage to stand up for the Rights of Americans according to The Constitution of the United States .
    He is not bullied by the Left, Liberal, Socialist, Communist, Marxist Liars.
    Money, Power, Fear, Control, Wide Open Borders , Abortion, Perversion, Transgender, Drag Queens, LGBTQXYZ………….
    Human Trafficking of Precious Children & Adults, Drug Cartels bringing enough Fentanyl across the Open Border to kill every American & more. All happening in a neighborhood close to you.
    Joe Biden is EVIL, Wicked, Pervert(just ask his daughter Ashley, who he took showers with until she was 12 yrs old & believes is what led to her sex & drug addiction, according to her Diary) which is public knowledge. He is a Pathological liar & promotes every EVIL work.
    This person, along with the Evil one behind the scenes calling all the info for Illegal Biden Crime & Cult families, is what Matt Gaetz & A Few Good Truthful Congress men & women fight against every day.
    The Real Legal President Donald Trump is fighting the same EVIL, only so much more!
    As a Spirit Filled Christian, I pray that YOU pray to the One & Only True God, JESUS CHRIST, who is the Way, the Truth & the Life.
    May you be Blessed in your search for the Real Truth in what is going on in our Nation. There is so much more to the story.
    Please put aside all Jealousy, Preconceived ideas from
    liberal media outlets, whose only goal is to make you believe their lies to Control you as is evidenced by previous comments.
    If you think you can be a better Representative, then by all means run for office, any office. The choice is yours.
    God Bless All of You !

  17. David Huie Green on June 10th, 2023 5:13 pm

    “look at the Biden laptop example, or the Clinton classified documents on the private server issues.”

    Hunter Biden was never elected to anything, did not take classified documents — knowingly or otherwise — as personal property. No crime he may have committed is as low.

    The finding on Hillary Clinton basically was that she was too stupid or unwilling to pay attention to realize what she was doing was a violation of the law. Her wrongdoings do not justify or set the example for anyone else to do wrong as well. Candidate Trump even campaigned on that fact in 2016.

    Former President Trump knowingly and intentionally stole thousands of documents — many of which were highly classified. He had people lie that he didn’t have them or had returned them. He ordered his employees to move the stolen documents around in a shell game so he wouldn’t be caught with them.

    You cannot justify Trump’s crimes by the crimes of others.. Trump could argue stupidity and it would normally be hard to beat, however he was recorded openly admitting that he had stolen the documents and that doing so was a crime. He just depends on other people believing him that it was okay in his case because he’s special. Matt Gaetz believes Trump is above the law even out of office, even as a private citizen. Matt Gaetz is special.

    David for better people

  18. Phin on June 10th, 2023 2:38 pm

    Nice hat. Mamma said if you couldn’t say anything nice, compliment the hat. What scum. OOOPs, sorry momma.

  19. M Geddings on June 10th, 2023 1:49 pm

    The problem with the indictments are that they are not prosecuting them EQUALLY to those who violate them. Just look at the Biden laptop example, or the Clinton classified documents on the private server issues. The same rules should be applied, but aren’t.

  20. Josh Jones on June 10th, 2023 12:39 pm

    @David Huie Green

    Thank you, David, for being the voice of reason.

    It’s unlikely that Matty will decline to run for reelection. But clear-minded Americans here in NW Florida can send him a signal: get lost Matt Gaetz!

  21. Henry Coe on June 10th, 2023 11:14 am

    I was going to go but I couldn’t find my chest waders. Did Gaetz also talk about a bridge he had for sale?

  22. David Huie Green on June 10th, 2023 10:03 am

    If he wants term limits, he could limit himself by not running again.

    The fact that he believes that anyone should be allowed to take classified documents and show them to other people for entertainment shows that he probably should decide not to run again.

    His support of a proven liar and perjury along with his former request for a pardon against what he’s been doing indicates he probably should not run for reelection.

    The idea that he thinks any person running for political office should not be subject to obedience to the law says he probably should not be running for reelection. The department of Justice documented that the former president oversaw the removal of classified documents — or for that matter any documents, since retention of presidential documents is a violation of federal law. He even said so himself back in 2016 when he was running for office. To say this is actually incorrect it’s just another bald-faced lie since those documents were found after former President Trump refused to turn them over and that it finally had to get a subpoena to go get them themselves and find them where he had hidden them.

    Gaetz loves liars — or at least this particular one. Vote to keep him in office if he’s the kind of person that you want to be representing you.

    David for better people

  23. Y’all on June 10th, 2023 10:00 am

    Did he not clearly change his accent and speed of speech here? Kinda weird.

  24. Robert Bruner on June 10th, 2023 9:58 am

    “I tell them in Washington — alcohol, tobacco and firearms is just a good weekend in Northwest Florida, not a need for government agency,” he said to laughter from the crowd.

    It’s comments like that that will keep Democrats in power. Most of America doesn’t speak redneck.

  25. Paul on June 10th, 2023 9:33 am

    For him to defend being a Traitor to America says enough for me.

  26. Benny Franklin on June 10th, 2023 9:26 am

    “Abolish the Department of Education, the EPA, and Dept of Labor.”

    COMBINED annual budget of all three last year was around $258 billion.

    FY 2023 Department of Defense budget is $2 TRILLION, nearly 8 times the cost.

    Homeboy wants to make us dumber, more polluted, and worsen working conditions. It’s really mind boggling that this guy thinks this is a flex.

  27. James on June 10th, 2023 9:22 am

    Almost certain this is James Calkins’s, District 3 County Commissioner, first time in Jay since being elected. I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t have to stop to ask directions.

  28. Floridian on June 10th, 2023 7:47 am

    Some top-notch pandering right there. He is perfectly indicative of how bonkers the republican party has become. He’ll keep preaching term limits, but I promise yall will keep him in office for many, many terms (because he thinks his constituents are stupid).

  29. I’m a republican on June 10th, 2023 6:46 am

    I do not trust him. He is a true politician. Did he talk about his buddy Joel Greenberg?

  30. Daryl on June 10th, 2023 6:13 am

    Speaking of fertilizer…