McCarthy condemns Greene and Gosar for attending a white nationalist event

  • McCarthy offered a rare reprimand to Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar on Monday.
  • He said it was “unacceptable” for the duo to show up at a conference with white supremacist ties.
  • “To me, that was appalling and wrong. And there’s no room in our party for any of that,” McCarthy said.

On Monday, House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy offered a rare rebuke to two members of his caucus, saying it was “unacceptable” that Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona speak at an event hosted by a man. widely described as white nationalist.

McCarthy, who was in Israel with a congressional delegation last week, told Punchbowl News the news was particularly dire for him given his visit to the country’s Holocaust museum during his time there.

“I took a number of freshmen, we went to see Yad Vashem,” he said. says Jake Sherman of Punchbowl. “When I come back, I see two colleagues who went to participate in a group that has a leader who often gives anti-Semitic views, and who led a chant for Putin.”

On Friday, Greene made a surprise appearance at the America First Conference in Orlando. The event was organized by Nick Fuentes, who was described by the Anti-Defamation League as “a well-known white supremacist pundit and organizer”. Before introducing Greene, Fuentes asked the crowd to “give Russia a round of applause.”

“To me, that was appalling and wrong. And there’s no room in our party for any of that,” McCarthy said. “The party should not be associated at any time or place with anyone who is anti-Semitic.”

Greene attempted to respond to the controversy over the weekend, telling CPAC reporters that she “don’t know what [Fuentes’] opinions are, so I’m not aligned with anything that might be controversial. His office later released a lengthy statement describing the attendees as “young conservatives who feel rejected and marginalized by society.”

“She personally went to respond to that. But I think with that intro you should have left the stage,” McCarthy added. “This is unacceptable.”

Sherman also reported that McCarthy plans to speak with Greene this week. His office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Greene and Gosar are no strangers to controversy. The former quickly became a thorn in the side of the GOP leadership for his outrageous remarks, while the latter was censured by the House in November for posting an anime video showing him killing Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York.

Both were removed from their positions on the committee, although McCarthy had previously pledged to restore their positions as committee members if Republicans regain a majority in the House. “

“They may have better committee assignments,” McCarthy said in November.

Joseph K. Bennett