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Gaetz uses convention speech to criticize Biden for lack of activity

Gaetz uses convention speech to criticize Biden for lack of activity
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Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz: Trump 'should pardon everyone' including himself to quash liberal 'bloodlust' Florida passes 850k coronavirus cases Florida GOP Rep. Mike Waltz tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE’s top allies in the House, criticized Democratic presidential nominee former Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE during his convention address Monday, saying the former vice president should have more of a public presence.

“I’m speaking from an auditorium emptier than Joe Biden’s Daily Schedule. But we are a nation of full hearts - and clear minds,” Gaetz said. 

Republicans have made targeting Biden’s visibility in the race a central issue in their campaign strategy, alleging the former vice president is “hiding” his stances on key policies from the public. 

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Gaetz criticized Biden's foreign policy and said he had moved to the left, linking him to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-N.Y.).

“Settle for Biden - that’s the hashtag promoted by AOC and the socialists. The woketopians will Settle for Biden because they will make him an extra in a movie written, produced and directed by others,” he continued. 

The lawmaker also attempted to link the Biden-Harris ticket to Hollywood elites, accusing Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Biden can rebuild trust in our justice system by prioritizing prosecutorial reform Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence MORE (D-Calif.) of representing a state that is struggling financially and alleging Democratic policies are responsible for the violence seen during protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody. 

“Blaming our best - and allowing society’s worst - that’s the story they write in Hollywood - that’s if the lights even stay on in California anymore. A state that cannot keep power running for its own people should not send its Junior Senator to be Vice President,” he said. 

Gaetz went on to call Biden of being a “basement dweller” and taking a shot at “cancel culture, referring to Trump as a “visionary” and likening him to former Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. 

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Gaetz spoke less than a week after he was rebuked by the House Ethics Committee for a 2019 tweet he sent targeting Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenPress: Trump's biggest fear is — lock him up Biden faces politically thorny decision on Trump prosecutions New York expands Trump tax fraud investigations to include write-offs: report MORE, Trump's former personal lawyer.