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On Sunday, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) shared a post on Twitter that contained the motto of a white nationalist group. The post comes just over a week after he gave the keynote speech at the group’s yearly conference held in Florida.
“#AmericaFirst,” Gosar tweeted above a meme that displayed a cartoon of what appears to be a sex worker leaning inside of a man’s car and saying “$50 WHATEVER YOU WANT BABY.”
The man in the car replies: “CAN YOU … TELL EVERYONE AMERICA FIRST IS INEVITABLE.”
“America First is inevitable” is the motto of the “America First” white nationalist movement. The movement is headed by racist and holocaust denier anti-Semitic podcaster Nick Fuentes.
Gosar has not commented on why he made the post. It should be noted that after his controversial speech at the conference Gosar made an attempt to distance himself from the white nationalist movement.
Fuentes, who attended the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville Virginia back in 2017, invited Gosar to speak at the conference which was held on February 26.
Gosar spoke at the event for nearly 20 minutes. Fuentes took the stage after Gosar’s speech and declared that “white people are done being bullied” and that America needs to protect its “white demographic core.”
The following day Fuentes shared an image on his Twitter account with his 120,000 followers that showed him having coffee with Gosar.
“Great meeting today with Congressman Gosar,” tweeted Fuentes. “America is truly uncancelled.”
The image and Gosar’s alliance with Fuentes created a tidal wave of news coverage. The media outlined the extreme racism and anti-Semitism of Fuentes as well as his followers. Fuentes and his following often refer to themselves as “groypers,” which refers to their mascot, a cartoon toad that strongly resembles Pepe the Frog the mascot of the alt-right.
Fuentes once defended the anti-Black terror of the Jim Crow era in the American South by stating that it was “better for us, better for them.” He has also compared Jews killed in Nazi concentration camp gas chambers to cookies baking in an oven.
It is clear that Fuentes has managed to make inroads within the Republican Party. He was often seen at Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again rallies. He also played a massive role in the deadly insurrection at the Capitol back on January 6. Several of his loyal “groypers” have been arrested for their roles in the insurrection. Though Fuentes is seen in several video clips taking part in the pro-Trump riot he has not been arrested.
In response to the major backlash that he has received Gosar stated “white racism” was “not appropriate.” But he then went on and defended reaching out to the conference attendees.
“There is a group of young people that are becoming part of the election process and becoming a bigger force,” Gosar said. “So why not take that energy and listen to what they’ve got to say?”
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) was one of the few Republicans that publicly spoke out about Gosar and his actions.
“I think the organization that [Gosar] spoke to is one that has expressed views that are clearly racist … This is not the kind of an organization or an event that other members of Congress should be participating in.”
Most Republicans are reluctant to speak out on the matter. It is not clear if Gosar will see any type of punishment for participating in the event. He could be censured, stripped of his committee assignments, or expelled from Congress but so far, no actions have been taken.
Gosar, 62, was elected to the House in 2010. He ran as part of the Tea Party. In 2018 he gained national attention when six of his nine siblings spoke out against his reelection that year because of his extremist views.