McCarthy echoes chorus of GOP RINOs in condemnation of MTG’s appearance at controversial conference

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) continued to face backlash from establishment Republicans leaders Monday after her appearance at a controversial conference.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) joined the chorus of Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) when he spoke to CNN regarding Greene’s speech over the weekend. McCarthy ascribed the views of the conference founder to the attendees.

After returning from Israel, McCarthy said, “I see two colleagues,” referencing Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) who also gave a speech, “who went and participated with a group that has a leader that many times gives you anti-Semitic views, led a chant for Putin. To me, it was appalling and wrong. There’s no place in our party for any of this.”

The American First Political Action Conference (AFPAC), which Greene spoke at, was founded by political commentator Nick Fuentes. “The party should not be associated, any time, any place, with somebody who is anti-Semitic,” McCarthy said referring to Fuentes.

Of Greene, McCarthy added, “She has personally gone to answer this, saying she did not know. But I think with that introduction, you should have walked off stage.”

Cheney shared a portion of the introduction while slinging accusations that Greene was somehow supportive of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Now they’re going on about Russia and Vladimir Putin is Hitler,” Fuentes said before adding, “and they say that’s not a good thing.”

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), a frequent critic of members of the House Freedom Caucus founded in part by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), used his stated personal hate for Fuentes as support to his claim that Greene had no excuse for being in attendance.

“I f*cking hate Nick Fuentes. Everybody should know they’re supposed to hate Nick Fuentes,” Crenshaw declared. “He’s one of the worst human beings I’ve ever come across. And there’s no way [Greene] didn’t understand that before going to the conference.”

Greene addressed her appearance highlighting her view that is important to speak about “America First” policies to young crowds.

She further defended her attendance at AFPAC in a lengthy Twitter thread that stated in part:

“The Pharisees in the Republican Party may attack me for being willing to break barriers and speak to a lost generation of young people…But I won’t abandon these young men and women, because I believe we need to do better by them.”

One startling omission from the attacks against Greene is the actual content of the speech she gave to the conference. Greene posted a portion of the address at the beginning of her defense.

“I reject identity politics,” Greene proclaimed, “because there’s one thing I know. It doesn’t what your skin color is or any of these choices and all of these things that are said. It matters who you are as a person, it matters who you are in your character and it matters how you treat other people in the type of life you live.”

Greene is continuing to distance herself from the establishment Republicans as she announced she will be giving a rebuttal separate to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds response to President Biden’s State of the Union. Greene will be speaking on behalf of “America First.”

Kevin Haggerty


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