Gaetz said he doesn't think the father of a suicide victim can do his job in congress.
Gaetz made a comment during an episode of the show. The lawmakers were talking about the work of the House select committee.
Gaetz said that no one would want to lose a child to suicide. He is unable to do the Congressional experience outside of the dungeon of that personal trauma because he associates it with his work in the Congress.
The Florida congressman thinks it has made Raskin look at things in very dark and severe ways.
The country should not have to go through that with him.
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His son, Tommy, took his own life in 2020. A tribute to their son's life was published by his parents. "I'm not going to lose my son at the end of 2020 and lose my country and my republic in 2021," he said.
Some of Raskin's Democratic colleagues came to his defense when a clip of Gaetz's comments was posted on social media.
Rep Raskin is a better congressman than most of us. He's going to be remembered by history. Tommy was a testament to his parents' love.
Gaetz had a bad haircut and was a feat of mediocrity. A lot of people like my hair and my suits are cheap. It's not sorry.
Jerry Nadler of New York said that Rep. Raskin is an American hero. Matt Gaetz should try to be as kind and patriotic as Mr. Raskin is.
A representative for Raskin didn't reply immediately.