'Morons': Mitt Romney goes after Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar for attending conference with white nationalist ties
- Utah Sen.
Mitt Romneyon Sunday criticized members of his own party.
- He implied
GOPReps. Marjorie Taylor Greeneand Paul Gosarwere "morons" for attending an event associated with white nationalists.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney on Sunday implied that members of his own party were "morons" after they attended a Florida event associated with white nationalists.
"Look, there's no place in either political party for this white nationalism or racism. It's simply wrong," the Republican lawmaker told CNN's Dana Bash during a Sunday appearance on "State of the Union."
GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona attended the third-annual America First Political Action Conference in Orlando, which was held Friday and organized by the far-right figure
Fuentes is known for white nationalist views, including his questioning the existence of the Holocaust, criticizing interracial marriage, and praising Jim Crow-era segregation, Insider previously reported. The Anti-Defamation League has also called Fuentes a "well-known white supremacist pundit and organizer."
Greene on Saturday defended her appearance at the conference, claiming she did not know its organizer or about his views, Insider reported.
"I do not know Nick Fuentes. I've never heard him speak. I've never seen a video. I don't know what his views are, so I'm not aligned with anything that may be controversial," Greene told reporters at CPAC, held at the same time in Orlando.
But during his CNN appearance, Romney called out Greene and Gosar by name.
"And Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar, I don't know them, but I'm reminded of that old line from the 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' movie, where one character says: 'Morons. I have got morons on my team.'"
He continued: "And I have to think anybody that would sit down with white nationalists and speak at their conference was certainly missing a few IQ points."
As HuffPost reported, other Republican lawmakers were associated with the event, including Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers and Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who appeared in a pre-recorded video.
Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey last week defended Rogers days before she attended the event, saying she was "still better" than the Democratic opponent she defeated in 2020, Insider's John L. Dorman reported.
GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, a pariah among staunch supporters of former President Donald Trump, also chastised her colleagues for attending the evening in a tweet.
"As Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Paul Gosar speak at this white supremacist, anti-Semitic, pro-Putin event, silence by Republican Party leaders is deafening and enabling," she said. "All Americans should renounce this garbage and reject the Putin wing of the GOP now."
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