FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(LOS ANGELES, March 2, 2021) – StandWithUs calls on Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona to apologize for appearing as the keynote speaker at the America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC), which is led by white supremacist Nick Fuentes. While Rep. Gosar seemed to distance himself from Fuentes and his white supremacism, he did not apologize for normalizing this hatred.
“This is how normalization of hate occurs and grows. The appearance of a sitting U.S. Member of Congress at a white supremacist conference legitimizes racism and antisemitism. It seems that some people are unable to learn the lessons of history,” said Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs and the daughter of two Holocaust survivors.
Fuentes has denied the Holocaust, accused Jews of killing Jesus, made racist statements about African-Americans, accused Jews of spreading COVID-19, and said, “You know what? You know what our problem is? The fertility rates. We need to be making more beautiful white Christian babies.”
“This is what Rep. Gosar normalizes when he speaks at an event organized by the likes of Nick Fuentes. We urge the leadership of the Republican Party to distance itself from Rep. Gosar and to take the same action it took against former Congressman Steve King for his racist comments, which was to remove him from all his committee appointments,” said Rothstein.
Gosar’s own comments earned him the disdain of his own family, which publicly supported his opponent in the 2018 midterm elections. In a series of ads, six of his brothers and sisters condemned his positions as “racist” and “antisemitic.” His sister, Grace Gosar, said, “It would be difficult to see my brother as anything but a racist.”
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