Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming called out two members of her conference who spoke at an event hosted by white nationalist Nick Fuentes.
“As Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Paul Gosar speak at this white supremacist, anti-Semitic, pro-Putin event, the silence from Republican Party leaders is deafening and empowering,” Cheney said. tweeted Saturday.
“All Americans should drop this garbage and reject the Putin wing of the GOP now,” she added.
Greene, a Republican from Georgia, spoke at the America First political action committee conference in Orlando, Florida on Friday — an event founded by far-right activist Fuentes as an alternative to the action committee Annual Conservative Politics, which is taking place this week. .
Gosar appeared at the conference via pre-recorded video, HuffPost reported. The Arizona Republican attended the same conference last year, and Cheney was the only House GOP executive to call him directly about it at the time.
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who like Cheney has been increasingly marginalized within the GOP after criticizing former President Donald Trump’s hold on the party, also made his criticism known, Tweeter Saturday to Greene, “If it wasn’t for a weirdo world, you’d be the one getting censored and excommunicated from the GOP.”
Fuentes, who has been labeled a white supremacist by the US Department of Justice and the Anti-Defamation League, has been banned from most major social media platforms for his white nationalist rhetoric.
After Russian forces invaded Ukraine this week, Fuentes wrote on the Telegram messaging app, “I totally support Russia,” while referring to Russian leader Vladimir Putin as “my czar.”
And the Republican Jewish Coalition has targeted Greene and Gosar for associating with Fuentes.
“It is appalling and outrageous for a member of Congress to share a platform with an individual who actively spewed anti-Semitic bile, mocked the Holocaust and promoted dangerous anti-Israel conspiracy theories,” the coalition said in a statement.
Greene, meanwhile, defended her attendance at the event.
“I’m not going to play the guilt-by-association game where you demand that every Tory justify everything said by anyone they’ve ever shared a room with. I’m not going to get sucked into this. I am only responsible for what I say,” she said in a statement on Saturday.
“Nor will I turn down the opportunity to speak to 1,200 young patriots from America First because of some offbeat remarks from another speaker, however unsavory I find those remarks,” she added. .
She Recount to CPAC reporters on Saturday that she did not know Fuentes, or his opinions, and condemned Putin and his invasion of Ukraine.
Gosar and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Greene and Gosar have a history of promoting conspiracy theories and adopting inflammatory rhetoric. House Democrats voted last year to remove the two lawmakers from their committee assignments. Gosar was also officially censored by the House in November for posting a violent anime video showing him killing a Democratic House member.
Last year, Gosar refuse knowing of a fundraiser that Fuentes planned to organize for him.
Fuentes was also present on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and was subpoenaed by the House panel investigating the attack. He promoted unsubstantiated theories about fraud in the 2020 election.