Rep. Matt Gaetz diagnosed House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler with “Trump derangement syndrome” during a committee hearing on Thursday.
The House Judiciary voted Thursday to issue subpoenas to 12 key witnesses as part of a still ongoing Democratic inquiry into President Donald Trump’s links to Russia, Politico reported.
Gaetz took issue with critical comments made by Nadler earlier in the hearing, in which the Democrat congressman accused the Trump administration of carrying out “child abuse” and “negligent homicide” at the border. Nadler also called for an examination of the president’s alleged “flagrant abuses of power and obstruction of justices.”
“I believe House Democrats need to take a hint from the American people,” Gaetz said. “The vast majority of the American people do not support this impeachment in drag that continues to fester up in the House Judiciary Committee.”
“I would suggest that you need to move on to issues that impact the lives of the American people, not your own politics and the affliction of your own Trump derangement syndrome,” he said, addressing Nadler.
In an unusual move, Gaetz turned to cameras recording the hearing and directly addressed the American people.
“They’re never going to get over this. They couldn’t deal with the fact that Donald Trump won the election when all the media pundits and all the Democrat talking heads said he had zero chance to win,” he said.
The Florida lawmaker said voting Democrats out of office was the “only way to get them to not focus on this Trump-Russia stuff.”
“I think that a better endeavor would be to figure out why the heck the president was falsely accused for two years,” Gaetz added. “How do we get to a point where political opposition research — dirt — that was paid for by Democrats, polluted by Russians, shuttled into the senior levels of our government by deep state actors like Bruce and Nellie Ohr … How did all of that function as a basis to divide us and distract us?”
Matt Gaetz brings up Trump derangement syndrome
Last year, therapists indicated a rise in what they unofficially diagnosed as “Trump Anxiety Disorder.” In a 2017 essay, clinical psychologist Jennifer Panning – who is credited with originally coining the term – described the symptoms of “Trump Anxiety disorder” as worrying about the state of the country, feeling helpless and out of control, and spending too much time on social media.