Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) thought they had everything planned out for their next “America First” rally on July 17, including a perfect location in Orange County, California, at the Pacific Hills Banquet & Event Center.
But when those who operate the location found out that Gaetz and Greene were to be featured speakers, they canceled their reservation, according to The Orange County Register:
“We just want to stay clear of that,” Javad Mirtavoosi, general manager of Pacific Hills Banquet & Event Center, said by phone Friday.
Greene’s campaign disputed that account of how the cancellation transpired. And they’re still selling tickets for a rally somewhere in Orange County while working to find a new venue for the same day.
“We’re very close to securing a location that will proudly host our America First Rally with Congresswoman Greene and Congressman Gaetz,” Nick Dyer, spokesman for Greene’s campaign, said Friday afternoon.
In other words, Greene and Gaetz got caught flat-footed and now have no idea if they’ll be able to find an alternate location before the 17th.
Gaetz and Greene have both caused plenty of controversy already this year. Gaetz is under investigation
for allegedly transporting underage girls across state lines to have sex with them. Greene was stripped
of her committee assignments when she compared mask mandates in the House of Representatives to how Jews were persecuted by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
The two House members have also been vocal supporters of former President Donald Trump’s wild conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him, though he has yet to provide a scintilla of evidence to support his claims.
Additionally, Gaetz and Greene’s names were connected to a controversial caucus
that was reportedly being planned to urge the United States to favor “Anglo-Saxon” culture above all other. They later denied any such caucus had ever been discussed.
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