Pompeo hits M. Taylor Greene for ‘playing footsie’ with White Nationalist; she confidently stands her ground

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tore into Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Sunday via Twitter over her appearance at the America First Political Action Conference that was headlined by political commentator Nick Fuentes, asserting that she shouldn’t play “footsie” with “anti-Semitic neo-Nazis.”

“Associating with anti-Semitic neo-Nazis is not consistent with the conservative values I’ve defended for decades. Representative Taylor-Greene playing footsie with Nick Fuentes and his splinter movement is shameful,” Pompeo accusatorily tweeted.

Greene responded to criticism over her speaking at the event, stating that she had never heard Fuentes speak and didn’t know what his views were.

“I have never heard him speak. I have never seen a video. I don’t know what his views are, so I’m not aligned with anything that may be controversial,” she asserted. When she was told that Fuentes was a white nationalist, she said, “I do not endorse those views.”

Later, Greene would issue a defensive statement, claiming, “I am not going to play the guilt by association game in which you demand every conservative should justify anything ever said by anyone they’ve ever shared a room with. I’m also not going to turn down the opportunity to speak to 1,200 young America First patriots because of a few off-color remarks by another speaker, even if I find those remarks unsavory. I want to embrace the young, boisterous, and energetic conservatives in our movement — not cancel them like the establishment does.”

“It doesn’t matter if I’m speaking to Democrat union members or 1,200 young conservatives who feel cast aside and marginalized by society,” Greene said in her statement. “The Pharisees in the Republican Party may attack me for being willing to break barriers and speak to a lost generation of young people who are desperate for love and leadership.”

“Anybody should be able to speak at any conference at any time on any subject. The person should be judged on what they say. I know Marjorie, and she has not said and will not say anything I find to be controversial. I think 99% of the Republican base agrees and finds her to be the best voice of our issues,” Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-FL) told the Washington Examiner.

“This is another example of cancel culture, where it’s not about what you say, but guilt by association,” he argued. “If you’re nearby someone who is considered bad, then you’re bad for being nearby them or being in proximity to them, and that’s wrong. This is cancel culture run amok. And thankfully, Republican so-called leadership has not engaged, really, in canceling fellow elected Republicans. It’s been the Democrats.”

Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel declined to comment on Greene’s appearance at the conference, according to Mediaite. Then the Republican National Committee proceeded to release a statement condemning white supremacy.

McDaniel would later issue a statement as well. The media spun it as a condemnation of Greene but it was actually one against “white supremacy, neo-Nazism, hate speech and bigotry.”

The Washington Post tweeted, “Ronna McDaniel statement on Marjorie Taylor Greene appearance last night at Fuentes event: ‘White supremacy, neo-Nazism, hate speech and bigotry are disgusting and do not have a home in the Republican Party.'”

Republicans such as Sen. Mitt Romney and Rep. Liz Cheney predictably condemned Greene for her attendance at the event.

“I’m reminded of the old line from the ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ movie, where one character says, ‘Morons, I have morons on my team,'” Romney quipped while appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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Cheney caustically and disingenuously tweeted, “As Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep Paul Gosar speak at this white supremacist, anti-Semitic, pro-Putin event, silence by Republican Party leaders is deafening and enabling. All Americans should renounce this garbage and reject the Putin wing of the GOP now.”

That was followed by, “Marjorie Taylor Greene now using her official USG congressional account to promote anti-Semitic, white supremacist, pro-Hitler, pro-Putin conference. This is a toxin in the bloodstream of America. It must stop. House GOP Leaders: Have you lost all sense of decency?”


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