Romney calls Marjorie Taylor Greene a ‘moron’ as moderates demand party ditch ‘Putin wing of GOP’

Georgia congresswoman faces bipartisan backlash over appearance at white nationalist conference

John Bowden
Sunday 27 February 2022 22:03 GMT
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Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene is now facing criticism from members of her own party for her attendance and speech at a white nationalist conference over the weekend.

Ms Greene came under fire immediately after attending the self-styled CPAC-alternative conference in Orlando, Florida, hosted for those members of the right wing deemed too extremist for the main convention. Its host was Nick Fuentes, a known white nationalist who last year declared that his speech at the 2021 iteration of the same convention would be "the most racist, sexist, antisemitic, Holocaust-denying speech in all of Dallas this weekend.”

The freshman Republican congresswoman from Georgia has claimed to members of the media that she was not familiar with the event’s host or the views of his organisation, and was merely there to promote an “America First” policy.

But on Sunday the backlash continued as Republicans continued to be asked by journalists to comment on her attendance and what it meant that one of the House’s best GOP fundraisers is a right-wing conspiracy theory embracer who appeared onstage with Mr Fuentes.

"Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar, I don’t know them,” said Mitt Romney, a senator from Utah, referring to an Arizona Republican congressman who has also done events with Mr Fuentes in the past.

“I’m reminded of the old line from the Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid movie where one character says, 'Morons, I have morons on my team,’” he added on CNN’s State of the Union.

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