Under Trump leadership….
Republicans courted the support of ties to white nationalism….
Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and Paul Gosar (Ariz.) drew condemnation even from some fellow Republicans for participating in a conference over the weekend organized by white nationalist Nick Fuentes.
For days, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — who is banking on support from members of the far right like Greene in his quest to become Speaker — refrained from publicly criticizing Greene or Gosar for appearing at the America First Political Action Conference.
It’s a game plan that McCarthy has repeatedly adopted over the past year with the more extreme elements present in the House GOP conference: engage controversial members privately but avoid alienating them with any public criticism.
While that strategy helps limit public GOP infighting in the moment, it also means that extremism routinely goes unchallenged by top party leaders.
But on Monday, in a rare rebuke, McCarthy broke his silence and said Greene and Gosar’s participation in the conference was “unacceptable.”
“There’s no place in our party for any of this,” McCarthy told CNN.
McCarthy also said Greene should have turned around after hearing Fuentes’s remarks warming up the crowd before introducing her on stage, saying, “with that introduction, you should have walked off stage.”
“The party should not be associated, any time, any place, with somebody who is antisemitic,” McCarthy said.
Several Republicans had already distanced themselves from the white nationalist conference days before McCarthy….