Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) thoroughly humiliated himself during a session of the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, quoting from a Chinese state-run publication to “prove” that U.S. aid to Ukraine was being used improperly.
Gaetz was questioning Colin H. Kahl, Under Secretary of Defense, and he asked the official:
Gaetz then inquired, “Is the Azov battalion getting access to U.S. weapons?”
The Florida Republican announced:
“I intend to enter into the record The Global Times investigative report that talks about training. It’s from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Lab. Citing the Azov battalion was even getting stuff as far back as 2018.”
After the article had been entered into the record, Gaetz asked Kahl:
Gaetz: “No, this is…”
Kahl: “Well, that’s what you read.”
Clearly unsure of what he had read, Gaetz was forced to admit, “Yeah, it might be, yeah. Would that be a reason?”
Kahl told the congressman:
Rather than move on, Gaetz asked Kahl: “Yeah. Just tell me if. If the allegation is true or false, I mean.”
Kahl reiterated what he had just said:
Before moving on to another topic, Gaetz remarked:
Could it be any clearer that Matt Gaetz is a complete idiot?