AFPAC has gained notoriety for its right wing nationalist speakers who stress a strong national identity, immigration patriotism, and firm opposition to “woke”-ism.
Greene justified her attendance at the conference by making the case that she was only there to “talk to the audience.”
In a recorded interview with CBS News correspondent Robert Costa on February 26, Greene stated she did not know Nick Fuentes personally. Fuentes is the organizer of AFPAC and a controversial right-wing nationalist figure who has been de-platformed from all major social media platforms.
“I don’t know what his views are, so I’m not aligned with anything that may be controversial,” Greene commented. “I went to his event last night to address his very large following because that is a young, very young, following and a generation I am extremely concerned about.”
Fuentes started AFPAC in 2020. He is known for his controversial views on immigration, race relations, and general culture.
Greene denounced cancel culture during her AFPAC speech on February 25.
“I’ve been attacked more than any other freshman member of Congress in United States history,” she proclaimed.
Fuentes was subpoenaed in February by a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol. He was one of the main speakers at the conference and was pictured shaking Greene’s hand at the conference.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) criticized Greene for attending the conference.
“Does Marjorie Taylor Greene know no shame?” DNC spokesman Ammar Moussa inquired in a statement
Moussa pressed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to kick Greene out of the caucus.
“In any other world, Greene speaking at a white supremacist conference where attendees have defended Vladimir Putin and praised Adolf Hitler would warrant expulsion from the caucus, to say nothing of her advocacy for violence and consistent anti-Semitism is disgusting,” Moussa declared.
During her interview with Costa, Greene defended her attendance at AFPAC by stating she wanted to “talk to them about America First policies.”
“The reason why I went is to talk to the audience, just like I’ve talked to many different audiences,” she stated. “It wasn’t an alignment. It was about getting everyone together to save our country.”
We’re at a point in American history where any right-wing figure who associates with individuals who rock the boat are subject to a two-minutes hate campaign.
If the Right is to politically survive, it must dig deep and not yield to any media pressure. Folding to media hate campaigns is a recipe for political death.