A GOP representative tried to kick Parkland father Manuel Oliver out of a gun reform hearing—now he is turning the tables.
“I lost my son a year ago in the Parkland shooting. I was invited to Washington for the first hearing to discuss gun violence,” he explained. “We were supposed to discuss gun violence and bring solutions to that epidemic problem.”
But one of the members of the committee, Matt Gaetz, tried to steer the conversation toward immigration and a prospect of a border wall.
“I was offended by that, and raised my voice for [my son] Joaquin, and for the other 40,000 victims that, every single year, lose their lives,” Oliver said.
Gaetz, attempted to have Oliver and other Parkland parents taken out of the hearing for raising their voices against him. After the hearing, Oliver helped raised more than $34,000 for Gaetz’s 2020 opponent through a grassroots fundraiser at bit.ly/makemattpay.
“I gotta tell you something, Matt. This is an inside problem, and it needs to be solved here.” he said. “You pointed at me when I made my point. And [you] asked me to leave the room. You know what? You’re gonna leave the room, and you’re gonna leave the seat. Because we’re gonna support any opponent that runs against you, that is more qualified than you.”