Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar will not be a ‘special guest’ at neo-Nazi event, campaign says

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar will not be a 'special guest' at neo-Nazi event, campaign says 2
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Arizona GOP Rep. Paul Gosar was listed as a featured guest speaker at a neo-Nazi event scheduled on Hitler’s birthday, but his campaign has since denied that he will be in attendance. 

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The politician allegedly promoted appearing at the American Populist Union (APU) event to be held in Tempe, Arizona, on April 20, The Arizona Mirror first reported.  

But Gosar’s campaign consultant, Rory McShane, said on Wednesday that he had not approved Gosar’s appearance. 

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‘I never approved this event and have never spoken to this group,’ McShane told The Washington Post. ‘The only event we have that day is a farm tour.’ 

The conference will be hosted by the APU, a non-profit linked to white-supremacist and neo-Nazi ideals. 

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the organization ‘champions anti-immigration and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments and regards the modern GOP as a corrupt, globalist conservative establishment.’

The APU advertised the mixer as a ‘chance to meet some of the best legislatures, best people running for office, and media personalities in the country,’ selling regular tickets at $45 and VIP tickets at $60. 

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The remarks by Gosar’s campaign strategist come just a week after the controversial congressman said he regretted having appeared at another white-nationalist conference earlier this year.

Paul gosar allegedly promoted appearing at the neo-Nazi American Populist Union (APU) event to be held in Tempe, Arizona, on Hitler's birthday, April 20

Paul gosar allegedly promoted appearing at the neo-Nazi American Populist Union (APU) event to be held in Tempe, Arizona, on Hitler’s birthday, April 20

Gosar was listed as a featured guest speaker at the mixer, but his campaign consultant, Rory McShane, said on Wednesday that he had not approved Gosar's appearance

 Gosar was listed as a featured guest speaker at the mixer, but his campaign consultant, Rory McShane, said on Wednesday that he had not approved Gosar’s appearance

The APU advertised the mixer as a 'chance to meet some of the best legislatures, best people running for office, and media personalities in the country,' selling regular tickets at $45 and VIP tickets at $60.

The APU advertised the mixer as a ‘chance to meet some of the best legislatures, best people running for office, and media personalities in the country,’ selling regular tickets at $45 and VIP tickets at $60.

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Gosar blamed his pre-recorded video appearance at the February 26 America First Political Action Conference on miscommunication issues with staff members, who sent the video to the wrong group. 

‘It wasn’t supposed to go to Nick’s group,’ Gosar told Politico, referring to the organization’s leader, Nick Fuentes. ‘We’re kind of short-handed … And there was miscommunication.’ 

Fuente, an holocaust-denier, has said he and Gosar will continue to collaborate ‘behind the scenes.’  

‘The young people that were being misled by somebody – we should be trying to mentor, trying to change them. I’ve given up … on dealing with Nick. Nick’s got a problem with his mouth,’ Gosar said.  

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Fuentes, who has been described as a white supremacist by the Anti-Defamation League, founded AFPAC in 2020 to rival the popular Conservative Political Action Conference. 

He gained infamy for making many anti-Semitic comments, denying the Holocaust happened and opposing women’s right to vote.   

Another Republican firebrand, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, attended the American First February rally in person.   

After speaking at the event, Greene posed in a photo with Fuentes and right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin, but when questioned about her appearance at AFPAC and relationship with Fuentes, Greene denied she knew him. 

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‘I do not know Nick Fuentes,’ Greene told CBS in February. ‘I have never heard him speak, I have never seen a video [of him]. 

‘I do not know what his views are so I am not aligned with anything that is controversial.’

She went on to explain that she appeared at Fuentes’ AFPAC event in to talk about ‘god and liberty’ and reach out to his young followers because ‘it’s a generation I’m extremely concerned about.’   

Gosar blamed his pre-recorded video appearance at the February 26 America First Political Action Conference on miscommunication issues with staff members, who sent the video to the wrong group. Above, Gosar pictured at the May 2021 America First rally, unrelated to the America First Political Action Conference, which Gosar has attended

 Gosar blamed his pre-recorded video appearance at the February 26 America First Political Action Conference on miscommunication issues with staff members, who sent the video to the wrong group. Above, Gosar pictured at the May 2021 America First rally, unrelated to the America First Political Action Conference, which Gosar has attended 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene (center) denied knowing white nationalist Nick Fuentes (right) despite taking a picture together with him and right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin during his America First Political Action Conference in Orlando in February

Marjorie Taylor Greene (center) denied knowing white nationalist Nick Fuentes (right) despite taking a picture together with him and right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin during his America First Political Action Conference in Orlando in February

Greene came out as a special guest at Fuentes' AFPAC event to talk about 'god and liberty'

Greene came out as a special guest at Fuentes’ AFPAC event to talk about ‘god and liberty’

Gosar is a close ally of former President Trump’s and embraced his false claims that the election was stolen from him. 

The congressman had priorly appeared at the American First Conference in February 2021, in which he repeated debunked election claims. 

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Before his sudden change of heart about Fuentes, Gosar, along with Greene, sought to create a America First Caucus in Congress, The Arizona Central reported. 

Gosar later denied any involvement, as did Greene. 

‘The liberal media have recklessly claimed I am the author of a document,’ he said in a statement. ‘Let me be perfectly clear, I did not author this paper. In fact, I first became aware of it by reading about it in the news … like everyone else.’

He also defended Fuentes after finding out that he was being investigated by the January 6 committee for allegedly instigating the attack. 

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‘The phony January 6th Committee’s partisan witch-hunt continues as they have now set their sights on young conservative Christians like Nick Fuentes,’ Gosar wrote on the social media site Gab.  

Gosar, who has held office as Arizona’s fourth congressional district since 2013, had previously come under fire last year for sharing a photoshopped anime video online that showed him killing New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  

Politico reported Gosar told his colleagues that he didn’t intend to encourage violence, but was trying to appeal to ‘a younger audience.’ 

The video shows a sword-wielding character with Gosar’s superimposed face using a jetpack to soar onto a rooftop before attacking Ocasio-Cortez, striking her with the weapon as blood flies out of her.  

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