Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), elected representative and lawyer, is apparently under the impression that the expression “kangaroo court” is named after the mustachioed eponymous character of a ’50s children’s TV show, “Captain Kangaroo.”
After President Donald Trump claimed the House’s planned deposition with Ambassador Gordon Sondland would be a “totally compromised kangaroo court,” Trump loyalists such as Gaetz faithfully fell in line with the President’s attacks — or tried to, anyway.
“What we see in this impeachment is a kangaroo court and Chairman Schiff is acting like a malicious Captain Kangaroo,” Gaetz fumed.
While it’s unclear exactly when the expression came to be, Merriam-Webster states that the earliest recorded use of “kangaroo court” appeared in a book published in 1853 – a hundred years before Captain Kangaroo (named after the deep pockets of his coat) was chatting with moose puppets.
Watch Gaetz below:
Rep. Matt Gaetz thinks the expression "kangaroo court" is named after kid TV show character "Captain Kangaroo" pic.twitter.com/MMTizk1RkB
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) October 8, 2019