Two of the most extreme right members of the U.S. House of Representatives spoke at the America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC) in Orlando this past weekend. The event is for pro-Trump white nationalists and organized by Nick Fuentes, a vocal racist and antisemite.
Representatives Paul Gosar of Arizona and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia are facing backlash for their participation, even from their own side of the aisle.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called their attendance at the event—where Fuentes led a chant for Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and said that young white men were the "secret sauce" of what makes America great—"unacceptable" and emphasized the host's long string of racist and antisemitic rhetoric.
McCarthy relayed his complaints to Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News.
Since the 117th Congress was sworn in last year, McCarthy has repeatedly come under fire for failing to hold members like Greene and Gosar to account. Greene has often promoted deranged conspiracy theories while Gosar faced backlash for posting an animated video of him and his colleagues killing Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Both of the members were stripped of their committee assignments by House Democrats who were dissatisfied with McCarthy's lack of action.
Now, Ocasio-Cortez is calling out the statement to her millions of Twitter followers, rebuking McCarthy for allowing this toxic climate to continue escalating.
Meanwhile, McCarthy has taken swift action against House Republicans who speak out against former President Donald Trump. Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming was removed from her leadership position as House Republican Conference Chair after joining the Select Committee investigating the deadly failed insurrection of January 6. McCarthy has since endorsed her primary opponent.
Social media users joined Ocasio-Cortez in calling the Republican leader out.
They also liked her use of the term "KKK Caucus."
McCarthy vowed to hold a meeting with Greene about her attendance at the event.