Parkland father on Gaetz advocating for border wall in gun violence hearing: 'Pretty offensive'

Parkland father on Gaetz advocating for border wall in gun violence hearing: 'Pretty offensive'
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Manuel Oliver, who lost his son Joaquin “Guac” Oliver in the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., last year, spoke out Thursday on his confrontation with Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGOP Mueller critic says Flynn contacted him during special counsel probe: report 2020 Dem Seth Moulton calls for expanding cannabis access for veterans Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group MORE (R-Fla.) during a gun violence hearing the day before.

During the hearing, Gaetz argued that violence by undocumented immigrants was a graver concern than people accessing guns without background checks. He also advocated for building President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE's long-promised wall at the southern border.

Oliver interrupted Gaetz at the hearing, and Gaetz then tried to have him removed.

“Don’t bring the wall as a solution for everything,” Oliver said the next day on CNN’s New Day. “It’s pretty offensive.”

He added that Gaetz was “wasting time” that could be used to “solve the problem” of gun violence.

“You’re a salesperson that pretends to sell the wall…in the wrong room,” he said.

Oliver told CNN that he did not hear from Gaetz after the incident.

“I can’t wait for this name to be out of my story, because the real name that I’m concerned about is Joaquin Oliver.”

Oliver’s clash with Gaetz came a day after Oliver attended President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address as a guest of Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchHouse ethics panel renews probes into three GOP lawmakers Overnight Energy: Bipartisan climate caucus eyes litmus test for new members| Green groups want freeze on Keystone construction| Bernhardt sworn in as Secretary of Interior Overnight Energy: Bipartisan climate caucus eyes litmus test for new members | Greens want freeze on Keystone construction | Bernhardt sworn in as Interior chief MORE (D-Fla.). Since his son’s death, Oliver has advocated for stricter gun control laws.

The Hill has reached out to Gaetz's office for comment.