Almost 14,000 people have signed a petition from the Christian group Faithful America calling on the Republican National Committee (RNC) to censure U.S. Rep. and anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) – along with U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) – for speaking at a white nationalist conference in Florida.
“Following Friday’s neo-Nazi event, Greene defended her remarks by invoking her Christian faith, claiming she was following Jesus’s example and tweeting that the point of the racist gathering was to ‘declare that Christ is king,'” the petition states.
“Greene also attacked her critics as ‘godless’ and promised to keep focusing ‘on proudly proclaiming the greatness of our God.”‘
The America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC) – where Greene and Gosar spoke – was organized by known white nationalist Nick Fuentes, who was at the infamous 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and has claimed that “whites are under attack.” At the AFPAC event, Fuentes reportedly called the Capitol Insurrection “awesome” and cheered on comparisons between Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler.
The Faithful America petition eviscerated the Republican party for failing to provide any real consequences for Green’s and Gosar’s actions.
“Time and time again, Republican Party leaders have refused to hold Greene accountable for threatening democracy, spreading antisemitism, and flirting with political violence. They have also declined to punish Gosar — who loudly brags about his Catholic faith — for encouraging violence against Democrats.”
After the conference, Greene claimed she had no idea what Fuentes’s or the group’s beliefs were when she spoke and said she does not endorse white nationalist views.
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Addressing RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel directly, the petition also declared that Faithful America is “especially outraged by “Greene’s attempts on Twitter to hijack Jesus’s name for politics, blasphemously twisting our faith into an excuse for propping up racist authoritarians.”
“If the RNC is willing to censure Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney but not Reps. Gosar and Greene, its failure to formally condemn white supremacy with anything more than toothless statements will speak volumes.”