‘We will fight!’ Reps Gaetz and Greene protest in California after the third venue canceled their rally
Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene held a spontaneous protest in Southern California on Saturday after a third venue canceled their ‘America First’ rally just hours before they were due to take the stage.
As an alternative to the rally, the duo staged a ‘Free Speech Peaceful Protest’ with approximately 100 supporters outside Riverside City Hall.
Gaetz, who represents Florida’s first congressional district, warned conservatives are getting ready to fight in the streets for their First Amendment rights.
Later Saturday night, Greene posted a video of her and Gaetz walking barefoot on the beach, where they were also surrounded by an entourage of supporters holding signs, cheering and saying ‘Freedom’ and ‘We love you!’
‘[Matt Gaetz] and I am proud to fight for America in the halls of Congress,” Greene tweeted just after 11 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday. “Thanks Southern California for showing up even though the communists tried to cancel us!!”
The protest in Riverside, a city about 85 miles east of Los Angeles, came after a third California location canceled Greene and Gaetz’s meeting.
Conservative representatives Matt Gaetz (right) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (left) staged an impromptu protest outside Riverside City Hall on Saturday after a third Southern California venue canceled their ‘America First’ rally
“They can try to cancel us online, they can try to chase us in real life, they can try to close our locations, but we will take this fight against them in the courts, in the halls of Congress and, if necessary.” “, on the street,” Gaetz yelled to a crowd of about 100 supporters
The city of Anaheim announced Saturday morning that the venue, Pacific Hills Banquet & Event Center, had to cancel events just 10 hours before the start.
The cancellation, the city said, was due to security concerns, especially amid mounting cases of the Delta COVID-19 variant, but more importantly, it was reversed due to the “division” of the two far-right lawmakers. .
The site’s general manager, Javad Mirtavoosi, told the Orange County Register on Friday that when the event was first booked, the center simply expected it to be a “gathering.”
‘As soon as we knew who the speakers were, we canceled immediately,’ says Mirtavoosi.
“We just thought it would be best for our facility to cancel,” he added. “We just want to stay away from that.”
Greene has been reprimanded for supporting Q-Anon conspiracy theories before and during her time in Congress and was stripped of her committee duties in February after endorsing those theories. Gaetz himself is confused when faced with an investigation into whether he sexually trafficked a minor by allegedly paying a 17-year-old for sex.
The two Florida and Georgia lawmakers are also staunch supporters and allies of former President Donald Trump. They often proclaim his claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and rigged as a result of widespread voter fraud made possible by the election circumstances in the midst of the pandemic — including expanded postal voting.
Greene, of Georgia, also posted a video of her and Gaetz, of Florida, walking barefoot on a Southern California beach Saturday night.
Supporters gathered on the beach as Greene and Gaetz walked on the sand, holding signs and shouting ‘Freedom!’ and ‘We love you!’ to the legislators
After the third venue canceled the rally, which is part of Gaetz and Greene’s “America First” tour of Gaetz and Greene, the two blamed the cancellation culture and attempts to suppress conservative voices.
“They can try to cancel us online, they can try to chase us in real life, they can try to close our locations, but we will take this fight against them in the courts, in the halls of Congress and, if necessary.” “, on the street,” Gaetz yelled into a microphone during the demonstration outside Riverside City Hall.
He also compared left-wing progressive thinking in America to the violent clashes between protesters in Cuba and their socialist unitary government.
“I know many of us are concerned about what is happening in Cuba, but I am much more concerned that the United States will become Cuba,” Gaetz said as Greene stood by his side.
“Do you know why they’re so scared of Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene?” he questioned the crowd. “Because we fight for you, not them.”
Groen assured during the protest: ‘We will not back down.’
“And this is what we’re going to do, America,” the Georgia congressman continued. “You’ve got two members of Congress here, and we’re refusing to cancel because we won’t let you cancel.”