Liz Cheney calls out Republicans for being associated with white nationalist events

“As Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Paul Gosar spoke at this white supremacist, anti-Semitic, pro-Putin event, the silence by Republican leaders was deafening and possible,” Cheney said. tweeted Saturday.

“All Americans should leave this trash and reject Putin’s wing of the GOP now,” he added.

Greene, a Georgian Republican, spoke at the America’s First Committee for Political Action conference in Orlando, Florida, on Friday — an event founded by far-right activist Fuentes as an alternative to the annual Conservative Political Action Committee, which takes place this year. week.

Gosar appeared at the conference via a pre-recorded video, HuffPost reports. Arizona Republicans attended the same conference last year, and Cheney was the only member of the House GOP leadership to directly call him to talk about it at the time.
Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, who, like Cheney, has been increasingly marginalized in the GOP after criticizing former President Donald Trump’s grip on the party, also made his criticism known, tweeting Saturday at Greene, “If this weren’t a bizarro world, you would be the one to be denounced and ostracized from the GOP.”
Fuentes, who had been branded a white supremacist by US Department of Justice and Anti-Defamation Leaguehas been banned from most of the major social media platforms for his white nationalist rhetoric.

After Russian troops invaded Ukraine this week, Fuentes wrote on messaging app Telegram, “I absolutely support Russia,” while also referring to Russian leader Vladimir Putin as “my Tsar.”

And the Republican Jewish Coalition takes aim at Greene and Gosar for associating with Fuentes.

“It is appalling and outrageous that Members of Congress would share a platform with individuals who actively spread antisemitic bile, mock the Holocaust, and promote dangerous anti-Israel conspiracy theories,” the coalition said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Greene defended her appearance on the show.

“I’m not going to play the guilt-ridden game of association where you demand that every conservative has to justify anything that has ever been said by anyone they’ve shared a room with. I’m not going to be pulled into it. I’m only responsible for what I say, ” he said in a statement Saturday.

“Nor would I turn down the opportunity to speak to 1,200 young America First patriots because of some disrespectful comments from other speakers, even if I find those comments distasteful,” he added.

He notified reporters at CPAC on Saturday that he did not know Fuentes, or about his views, and condemned Putin and his invasion of Ukraine.

Gosar and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Greene and Gosar have a history of encouraging conspiracy theories and supporting inflammatory rhetoric. House Democrats voted to strip both lawmakers of their committee duties last year. Gosar was also officially denounced by the House of Representatives in November for posting a violent anime video depicting him killing a Democratic member of the House of Representatives.
Last year, Gosar rejected learn about a fundraiser that Fuentes is planning to host for him.
Fuentes was also present at the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021, and was summoned by the House panel investigating the attack. He has promoted unsupported theories about fraud in the 2020 election.

Daniella Diazo from CNN contributed to this report.

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