By Ronald J. Hansen | Arizona Republic
Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., takes the stage to help out Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., at the “America First” fundraiser event in Mesa on May 22, 2021.
In an unsubtle rebuke to his many critics, Rep. Paul Gosar is planning a fundraising event with a white nationalist who has been banned from YouTube for repeatedly violating rules against hate speech.
A post on the conservative social media platform Telegram may have teased a fundraiser with Gosar, R-Ariz., and Nick Fuentes, who attended the deadly 2017 Charlottesville rally. The post came from an account said to have ties to Fuentes.
Gosar’s chief of staff could not be immediately reached to comment Monday night about the latest controversy involving Gosar.
In a tweet Monday night, Gosar seemed to respond to his critics, saying, “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.”
Earlier this year, Gosar skipped a vote on a COVID-19 relief bill to attend Fuentes’ America First Political Action Committee, a far-right conference that took place ahead of the traditional Conservative Political Action Conference that had come to be seen by some Republicans as lacking sufficient passion for former President Donald Trump and his policies.