In perhaps an amazing display of cowardice and unmitigated gall, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green has been caught speaking at a white supremacist rally in Orlando. The rally, known as America First PAC III or AFPAC III, is a white supremacist organization that was founded and is supported by neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes. Fuentes had previously been banned from Twitter after months of spreading violent, pro-Hitler propaganda. Though some objected to his banning, his consistent support of white nationalists was justified.
AFPAC has previously highlighted and promoted other white nationalists, including Jared Taylor, Vincent James and Tim Gionet. Anti-immigrant activists such as Michelle Malkin have also attended as speakers at previous rallies.
Rep. Greene was not only attended the rally but was a highlighted speaker. During her time at the rally, Greene readily defended the rally attendees, calling them “canceled Americans” and praised them, saying “You’ve been handed the responsibility to fight for our Constitution and stand for our freedoms, and stop the Democrats who are the communist party of the United States of America.”
While some have called out the fact that she was at the rally, the fact that she was joined by other Republicans such as a Joe Arpaio shows how close GOP operatives are with the far-right.
Despite her speech and her being diretly highlighted at the event through their livestreams, Rep. Greene would later downplay her connection to the event, claiming that she didn’t know the significance of the event. Of course, that is nonsensical as Fuentes, whom she was caught posing for pictures with, defended Putin and endorsed the idea that Hitler was good right before she was brought up on stage. If she didn’t know what was going on, her incompetence should be grounds for her removal from Congress.
Whether or not Rep. Greene knew what she was doing, the facts remains unchanged. Republicans are failing to cut out fascist influence from within their party, and it continues to seep in every step of the way. No matter what Republican leadership claims, they remain in league with this kind of commentary thanks their unwillingness to do what needs to be done. Unless they expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from their party and compel serious change within their party, they should be ready to face the disdain they rightfully deserve.