Reps. Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert 'fantasize' about blowing up Capitol metal detectors after Gaetz joked about it while stumping for a Florida congressional hopeful

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  • US Rep. Matt Gaetz spoke at a Halloween campaign rally for congressional candidate Anthony Sabatini.

  • Gaetz referenced two types of explosives to put in Capitol metal detectors to "blow them up."

  • C4, which Gaetz mentioned, is an explosive used in military-combat units for demolition.

At a Halloween campaign rally for the congressional candidate and Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, US Rep. Matt Gaetz complained about metal detectors in the House of Representatives and joked about blowing them up with explosives, a remark that made attendees laugh and clap.

Gaetz falsely claimed the metal detectors, which were installed after pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol on January 6, were implemented because of Boebert, who he said carries a firearm for her personal protection. Boebert was not present at the rally and has not formally endorsed Sabatini, according to his campaign website.

"They got triggered by that. I said, 'Is it Tannerite or C4 we want to put in those metal detectors when we blow them up?'" Gaetz said at the rally.

Tannerite is an explosive made from ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder meant for use as binary exploding rifle targets, a type of explosive consisting of two components, neither of which is explosive by itself and have to be combined in order to become explosive, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

But according to a proposed New York bill that would regulate its sale, use, and storage, combining large amounts of the chemicals can result in a "powerful and dangerous explosion."

C4 is a plastic-explosive substance used in military-combat units for demolition, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

After the rally, both Gaetz and Boebert reiterated their statements about the explosives on their Twitter accounts, which were then retweeted by Sabatini.

"If you can't fantasize about blowing up useless metal detectors with @laurenboebert at a Florida Halloween political rally for @AnthonySabatini, when can you?" Gaetz tweeted.

After people began tagging the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the comments, Boebert sent out a follow-up tweet.

"To the fools who think this would be done inside the Capitol: get a life! The metal detectors are useless and we are getting rid of them when Republicans take back the House," Boebert said.

When asked for comment, Gaetz provided the following statement to Insider: "After Republicans take the Majority, I intend to introduce a rule change to have the metal detectors foolishly around the House Floor removed and destroyed. Blown up if possible, with their recycled parts used for shooting practice."

A spokesperson for Boebert told Insider that she thinks House metal detectors should be removed, filled with Tannerite, and "blown to smithereens." However, they added, any "conspiracy theory" that she would like to conduct the demolition inside of the Capitol is "totally false"

Sabatini also echoed Gaetz and Boebert's sentiments: "Nancy Pelosi should be expelled from Congress, along with every metal detector in the building."

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