McConnell speaks out against Greene and Gosar’s appearance at white nationalist event

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is condemning fellow Republicans who engage with white nationalist groups, just days after GOP Reps. Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke at the extremist-backed America First Political Action Conference.

Asked for comment on Greene and Gosar’s participation in the event, where far-fright fringe organizer Nick Fuentes urged the crowd to give “a round of applause for Russia,” the Republican leader said in a statement on Monday afternoon: “There’s no place in the Republican Party for white supremacists or anti-Semitism.”

During the weekend conference, as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s army attacked Ukraine, a chant of “Putin” was heard in the crowd after Fuentes made his request for support of Moscow. Gosar spoke at the America First conference last year, when Fuentes urged the protection of the “white demographic core.”

Greene (R-Ga.) defended herself in a weekend statement after absorbing a deluge of criticism for her appearance at the America First event, criticizing the “Pharisees in the Republican Party” and arguing she “won’t abandon these young men and women” who attended. Her move nonetheless drew condemnation from several prominent Republicans including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).

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