On Friday, the Democratic-led House of Representatives passed H.R. 2116, also known as the CROWN Act, which would ban discrimination based on hairstyles and hair textures—a form of discrimination that disproportionately targets Black Americans.
Ahead of the bill's passage, Representatives debated the issue on the floor, with House Republicans like Jim Jordan of Ohio vocally opposing the bill, decrying it as a distraction from their laundry list of grievances with President Joe Biden's administration.
But their opposition comes shortly after a rift among GOP members regarding the participation of far-right Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona at the America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC) late last month. AFPAC is a white nationalist gathering led by unapologetic racist and antisemite Nick Fuentes.
Both Greene and Gosar spoke at the event, earning backlash from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a soft denouncement from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
McCarthy called their participation "appalling" and "unacceptable," but has yet to take any concrete actions to discipline the members of his caucus. McCarthy claimed he met with Greene and received assurances that she wouldn't attend further AFPAC gatherings. He has yet to meet with Gosar, who had already attended multiple AFPAC events.
As the House debated the CROWN Act, Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu of California called attention to Greene's and Gosar's further endorsement of white nationalist values, as well as McCarthy's inaction.
After touting Democrats' passage of the American Rescue Plan last year, Lieu said:
"What are Republicans doing? I don't know, but I do know that two of them attended a white nationalist conference last month. And let me now tell you all the actions that House Republican leadership took against these two Republican members who attended and spoke at a white nationalist conference last month."
Lieu stood silently for about 15 seconds, before saying:
"I yield back."
The point was made.
Social media users gave high praise to the moment.
Lieu has continued to call out Republicans on Twitter for speaking at white nationalist conferences.