House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Signals that White Nationalists Have a Home in the GOP
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced yesterday that Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar will have their committee seats restored next year if Republicans win back the House despite their coziness with white nationalists.
Greene and Gosar spoke as part of this year's AFPAC conference. AFPAC is comprised of mostly white males with some repulsive views about a wide variety of minorities. The organization is led by Nick Fuentes who has been labeled a "white supremacist" in Justice Department filings. Their 2022 conference featured a virtual who's-who of white Christian nationalists including former AZ Sherriff Joe Arpaio, former GOP congressman Steve King, and Milo Yiannopoulos.
Rep. Gosar has a long history of involvement with far right fringe groups and spoke at AFPAC last year. However, this was Rep. Greene's first appearance and she was a bit defensive about her participation. She offered this rather outlandish excuse:
Yahoo News: "Greene defended her involvement, saying she didn't know it was a white supremacist conference and wanted to speak to "young conservatives who feel cast aside and marginalized by society."
McCarthy's decision to let Greene and Gosar slide is not all that surprising in light of the support that Donald Trump garnered from white Christian nationalists in 2016 and 2020. They now represent the most loyal members of the GOP's base of support. And, to be fair, there are lots of nuts in the GOP right now and someone will have to serve on committees if they win back the House.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content