Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene defends speaking out at conference organized by white nationalists

“There is no place in the Republican Party for white supremacists or anti-Semitism,” said McConnell, who did not identify the lawmakers.

McConnell’s statement comes a week after Greene told right-wing podcast host Alex Jones that McConnell and his wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, are “entirely bought and paid for by China.”

“Mitch McConnell, he’s lying to your face,” Greene told Jones. “He says he’s a Republican. He’s the Senate Leader of the Republican Party, but he’s married to Elaine Chao, and they’re entirely bought and paid for by China. And everyone knows it, but nobody does anything about it.

Chao, who served as transportation secretary in the Trump administration and labor secretary in the George W. Bush administration, was born in Taiwan. She was the first Asian American woman to serve as a member of a president’s cabinet.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the 2012 presidential candidate, was harsher in his criticism of Greene and Gosar.

“Muts. I have goons on my team,” Romney said Sunday.

Romney on Sunday called racist views “wrong.”

“There is no place in either political party for this white nationalism or this racism. It’s just plain wrong,” Romney told Bash. He added: “Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar – I don’t know them, but I remember that old line from the movie ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ where a character says ‘morons’. I have morons in my team.”

“And I have to think anybody who sat down with white nationalists and spoke at their conference was definitely missing a few IQ points,” Romney added.

Greene attended the AFPAC conference in person, according to CBS News, while Gosar addressed attendees in a 30-second pre-recorded video. Gosar attended the event last year, The Washington Post reported.

Before introducing Greene, Fuentes told the crowd, “Now they talk about Russia and Vladimir Putin is Hitler – they say that’s not a good thing.” Fuentes also asked the crowd to “give a round of applause for Russia” and replied “Absolutely”, as attendees chanted “Putin! Putin!”

After Fuentes introduced Greene, she told the crowd that they were “cancelled Americans,” HuffPost reported.

“You have been given the responsibility to fight for our Constitution and defend our freedoms, and to stop the Democrats, who are the Communist Party of the United States of America,” Greene said.

Romney wasn’t the only conservative to criticize Greene for her Friday speech, given hours before she was to address the Conservative Political Action Conference, also held last week in Orlando. Ronna McDaniel, chairman of the Republican National Committee and Romney’s niece, said: ‘White supremacy, neo-Nazism, hate speech and bigotry are disgusting and have no place in the Republican Party,’ comments Romney quoted in “State of the Union”. .”

Romney also hit out at former President Donald Trump and other Republicans for complimenting Putin in what the senator called “almost treacherous” comments.

On Sunday, Greene defended herself to CBS News, denouncing the attacks on her as “identity politics” and an attempt to “cancel it.” She also said she was unaware of Fuentes’ opinions and spoke at the conference not because she agreed with the organizers, but to dialogue with an audience about what she believes.

“It doesn’t matter if I’m talking to members of the Democratic union or 1,200 young conservatives who feel rejected and marginalized by society,” Greene said in a statement to CBS News. “The Republican Party self-righteous might attack me because I’m willing to break down barriers and speak to a lost generation of young people who desperately need love and leadership.”

Greene has a habit of making inflammatory comments. In 2018, she blamed the California wildfires on a “laser” radiated from space in a Facebook post that surfaced last year, Forbes reported. Last year, she equated security measures designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus with the Holocaust, The Post reported. Before being elected in 2020, she claimed the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was a hoax, according to NPR.

Romney also criticized her for those comments, telling reporters in February 2021 that the Republican Party “should have nothing to do with Marjorie Taylor Greene,” NPR reported.

“It’s important for us to separate ourselves from people who are in the wacky weeds,” he said, “and if we don’t, then our opposition tries to brand us with their image and with their point. sight.”

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