House Democrat cheers Gaetz's offer to resign, help Trump with trial

Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle (Pa.) poked at GOP Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzBipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally MORE (Fla.) on Wednesday, saying he backed Gaetz's offer to resign his seat to defend former President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE in his Senate trial.

“I strongly support my colleague Matt Gaetz doing this,” Boyle tweeted, sharing a tweet about Gaetz's remarks. 


The Democrat weighed in after Gaetz said during an appearance on Trump ally Stephen Bannon's radio show that he would step down from Congress to defend Trump in his upcoming impeachment trial if asked to do so.

“Absolutely. If the president called me and wanted me to go defend him on the floor of the Senate, that would be the top priority in my life. I would leave my House seat, I would leave my home,” Gaetz said.

The Florida Republican added that he views the "cancellation of the Trump presidency and the Trump movement as one of the biggest threats" to his district.


Gaetz, one of Trump's most vocal defenders in the House, has blasted Republicans who criticized the former president or voted to impeach him following the deadly riot on Capitol Hill last month.

After House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyTrump-backed challenger to Cheney decried him as 'racist,' 'xenophobic' in 2016: report Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats stare down 'hell' week MORE voted in favor of impeaching Trump, Gaetz led a push for her to be removed from Congress, even traveling to her home state of Wyoming to lead a rally calling for her ouster.

Ten House Republicans, including Cheney, voted to impeach Trump for inciting insurrection during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. That has sparked infighting among Republicans, with the Senate impeachment trial set to begin next week.

House Republicans are set to meet Wednesday to discuss Cheney's future in leadership. Gaetz told The Hill that the conference would consist of "those who want to drive out the populists, those who want to drive out the establishment and those who simply want peace.”

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump-backed challenger to Cheney decried him as 'racist,' 'xenophobic' in 2016: report State Department spokesperson tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers fret over wild week of deadlines MORE (R-S.C.) defended Cheney on Tuesday, calling her "one of the strongest and most reliable conservative voices in the Republican Party."