Fuentes complained to the audience at the event that the nation had forgotten “young white men”. Participants praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as a hero and chanted his name.
Goser told Politico that his address “should not have gone to Nick’s group.” He said one employee “misunderstood” his chief of staff’s instructions. He stated that the tape was actually intended to be known to other groups as a general “welcome video”.
“We’re kind of short-handed,” he said. “And there was miscommunication.”
Gosar spoke personally at the same conference last year. Here is a sample of his speech:
Gosser this time insisted his video message “just basically said: ‘Welcome to the Miami area. Have a great conference. The United States is in crisis.'”
Goser said groups “authorized” to receive the video include American Principles and the Conservative Political Action Conference — not America First. Both CPAC and America First were held in Orlando, not Miami, Politico reported.
Green was also sharply criticized for his appearance.
After lawmakers’ participation in the convention, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said: “There is no room for white supremacists or anti-Semitism in the Republican Party.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) described Green and Goser’s involvement as “horrendous.” Yet McCarthy decided not to take any action to punish the pair.
In a candidacy debate in Ohio earlier this week, Republican Senate candidate JD Vance defended Green, who backed him, saying he did “nothing wrong” by attending the America First convention. “I’m not going to throw him under the bus,” said the investor and “Hillbilly Allegiance” author.
Vance said he heard Greene’s remarks at the conference, and “I agreed with almost every word he said.”
He also complained that, although Republicans are often subject to attacks of “crime by association,” Democrats are not.