House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) chided Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who was one of the leaders of the pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” cause that led to a violent insurrection, on Thursday for speaking at a conference that was organized by a white nationalist.
“I think the organization that [Gosar] spoke to is one that has expressed views that are clearly racist,” Cheney told Politico. “This is not the kind of an organization or an event that other members of Congress should be participating in.”
“I’ve been very clear about the extent to which we have to stand against white supremacists, stand against anti-Semitism,” she continued. “And that should not be part of our public discourse.”
TPM has reached out to Gosar’s office for comment and will update upon receiving a response.
On February 27, the Arizona Republican participated in a panel at the America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC), which was organized by infamous white nationalist Nick Fuentes.
After Gosar’s panel ended, Fuentes went onstage to bemoan the notion of the U.S. losing its “White demographic core” and “the influence of European civilization.”
During a discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) the next day, Gosar said he denounced “white racism.” The Republican said later he was addressing his involvement in AFPAC, according to the Washington Post.
Several days before Gosar’s appearance at AFPAC, Cheney had urged Republicans to “make clear that we aren’t the party of white supremacy.”
“It’s very important for us to ignore the temptation to look away,” she said.