West News Wire: Republican Party leaders are denouncing GOP Reps. Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Greene for attending white nationalist rally just days after they did.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, issued a statement on Monday condemning white nationalist hate.
“White supremacists and anti-Semitism have no place in the Republican Party,” McConnell stated in a statement first reported by Politico.
Greene and Gosar’s presence was “inappropriate,” Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters Monday afternoon.
McCarthy told reporters that he intends to meet with Gosar and Greene later this week.
McCarthy told reporters, “It was horrible and inappropriate to me.” “None of this has any place in our party.”
“The party should not be associated any time any place with somebody who is anti-Semitic. This is unacceptable,” he added.
McCarthy was in Israel last week with a congressional delegation. He told Punchbowl News that the news of Greene and Gosar’s attendance was particularly upsetting because of his recent visit.
Greene and Gosar have both previously been stripped of their committee assignments for their egregious behavior.
McCarthy, however, has previously said he would restore their assignments if Republicans take back the House in November.
McCarthy told CNN and another reporter outside his office that even though Greene claimed not to know who the event organizer was “with that introduction, you should have walked off stage.”
Shortly before introducing Greene, Nick Fuentes, the white nationalist who organized the event, led participants in applause for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and chanted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s name.
Republican Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, when asked about Greene’s behavior Monday, also condemned the event but stopped short of condemning her members.
“White supremacy. Neo Nazism, hate speech, and bigotry are disgusting. They have no place or home and our party.”
McDaniel didn’t say whether the party would take any further action against its members, such as censuring them. Instead, she said she “would let the process play out” and see if any members brought any censures forward at a party meeting in August.