Gosar to hold fundraiser with white nationalist Nick Fuentes
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) is scheduled to hold a fundraiser with prominent white nationalist Nick Fuentes.
A flier from the Telegram channel “America First Updates” on Monday showed Gosar and Fuentes would be holding a fundraising event, Business Insider reported. Details on the time and location are set to be announced July 1, the outlet reported.
Gosar defended the event on Twitter after receiving backlash for teaming up with the controversial right-wing figure, who is known for his racist and antisemitic rhetoric.
“Not sure why anyone is freaking out. I’ll say this: there are millions of Gen Z, Y and X conservatives. They believe in America First. They will not agree 100% on every issue. No group does. We will not let the left dictate our strategy, alliances and efforts. Ignore the left,” Gosar tweeted.
Not sure why anyone is freaking out. I’ll say this: there are millions of Gen Z, Y and X conservatives. They believe in America First. They will not agree 100% on every issue. No group does. We will not let the left dictate our strategy, alliances and efforts. Ignore the left https://t.co/EJAZopO2pI
— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) June 29, 2021
Fuentes, who has been banned on many social media platforms for his rhetoric, retweeted Gosar as well as others coming to the congressman’s defense.
The far-right commentator has cast doubt on the millions of deaths during the Holocaust. The FBI has referred to him as a white supremacist.
This is Nick Fuentes. He is a white supremacist anti-Semite. That’s not Twitter hyperbole, just a straight-up description. Here he is smilingly denying the Holocaust: pic.twitter.com/qJkhASjW6I
— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) June 28, 2021
This is not the first time Gosar has teamed up with Fuentes.
Gosar spoke at the America First Political Action Conference in February, which was also hosted by Fuentes. Gosar later denounced “white racism” after his appearance at the event sparked backlash.
Many right-leaning figures denounced the Arizona congressman and condemned his affiliation with Fuentes over the upcoming fundraiser.
“America First does not mean Sieg Heil, but Gosar is willfully aligning with those who act like they think it does,” tweeted conservative blogger and radio host Erick Erickson.
This seems to be @DrPaulGosar admitting he is doing a fundraiser with someone who denies the holocaust and engages in both anti-Semitism and neo-Nazi rhetoric. America First does not mean Sieg Heil, but Gosar is willfully aligning with those who act like they think it does. https://t.co/MqxOGGJQlW
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 29, 2021
In which a sitting Republican member of Congress, @DrPaulGosar, refuses to criticize Holocaust denial, or to cancel or even regret his planned appearance with a well-known Holocaust denier. https://t.co/vG649Hm5yt
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 29, 2021
A sitting member of Congress fundraising with AFPAC. That’s where we are. And he sits on committees.
This is from a Telegram channel linked to Nick Fuentes. Telegram is a conspiracy & white nationalist fantasy land—that’s where Gosar hangs evidently.
A dangerous time. pic.twitter.com/KNFe8otj31
— Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) June 28, 2021
My opponent, Paul Gosar, is attending a fundraiser hosted by a white nationalist, Holocaust denier.
If you cozy up to white supremacists you don’t belong in Congress.
Retweet, tell your friends, and pitch in to help me defeat Gosar. https://t.co/BxQfplLQK2
— Delina DiSanto (@delina4az) June 29, 2021