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Trump Repeatedly Calls GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz ‘Rick Gates,’ The Name Of His Convicted Former Aide


Trump Repeatedly Calls GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz ‘Rick Gates,’ The Name Of His Convicted Former Aide

President Donald Trump repeatedly called one of his most vocal fans in Congress by the name of his former Trump aide who pled guilty to crimes related to Russian interference in the 2016 election and pro-Putin efforts in Ukraine.

While speaking at a Friday rally in Ocala, Florida, Trump mixed up Rep. Matt Gaetz’s name with that of his former aide Rick Gates. Gaetz has been a strong supporter of the president since the 2016 GOP primary.

Trump made the mistake while again criticizing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who was the target of an attempted scheme to kidnap and murder her.

“And then she said it was my fault,” said Trump, about Whitmer. “It was my people that caught them. It was Trump’s fault. It’s always Trump’s fault.”

“Can it ever be, like, Rick Gates’ fault?” Trump continued, as he pointed to Gaetz, who was near the stage to Trump’s left. “I mean, eh? It’s always Trump’s fault, Rick.”

Trump looked over at Gaetz again and asked how Gov. Ron DeSantis, who had spoken at the rally earlier, had done, as the crowd cheered. “Good governor, good guy too. Good guy too, right over here,” he said, again pointing at Gaetz.

“We are going to win,” said Trump, “that’s why they raise money. I could raise much more money. Every call I make. Every single guy, even though they hated me, they’d all contribute. But Rick, you understand it, I don’t want to make those calls.”

People in the crowd started shouting “Matt” and “Matt Gaetz,” trying to get Trump to say the correct name.

Trump continued saying the wrong name a few more times as the crowd kept trying.

“I don’t want to make those calls, right? Huh? Yeah, I know. Where is Rick? He’s here. Where is Rick? Where is Rick?” he continued.


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