GOP lawmakers declare he’s not racist after being dropped at his knees whereas attending the White Supremacist occasion
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) said at the CPAC on Saturday that he was absolutely not a racist, despite speaking at an event organized by a white insurgent who is campaigning for the uprising.
Gosar said “white racism” was “inappropriate” and denounced it.
MP Gosar begins his CPAC conversation by trying to distance himself from white nationalist Nick Fuentes’ AFPAC conference where he spoke last night. pic.twitter.com/1JNgIowY5A
– Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) February 27, 2021
But, as the Washington Post reported on Saturday, Gosar’s comments come hours after appearing at a “far-right conference whose organizer endorsed the Capitol uprising while delivering a white nationalist speech.”
The report notes that Rep. Gosar was the only elected official to attend the event, but he should have raised a million red flags when former lawmaker and current racist Steve King (R-IA) took the stage to order to speak before Gosar.
Gosar even proudly posed for a photo with King and Nick Fuentes, the white supremacist who organized the event.
Here are Cong Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and ex-Cong Steve King (R-IA) proudly posing with white supremacist, Holocaust denier and insurgent Nick Fuentes on January 6th at his AFPAC event with white supremacists yesterday. @GOPLeader @HouseGOP pic.twitter.com/7Eti7yn9Ss
– Politics1.com (@ Politics1com) February 27, 2021
More from the Washington Post:
Gosar was the only elected official to attend Friday’s event. He spoke after former Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) who lost a 2020 primary after party leaders left him on a series of white nationalist remarks.
Fuentes, who showed up after Gosar, accused Black Lives Matter activists of “wanting to create a new racist caste system in this white-led country,” adding that without a white majority the country would cease to be America.
“If America stops maintaining this English cultural framework and the influence of European civilization, if it loses its white demographic core and if it loses its faith in Jesus Christ, this is no longer America,” he said.
This is the Trump-era Republican Party
For decades, the Republican Party has winked and nodded at the most racist elements of American society – all for the purpose of winning the election and maintaining power.
When Donald Trump stepped on the scene, the dog whistle was quickly swapped for a loud bull horn that spread racist rhetoric and further divided the country.
Lawmakers like Paul Gosar can half-heartedly apologize or make it clear when they show their true colors, but it doesn’t change the fact that this is the Trump-era Republican Party.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the outreach organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.