Rep. Paul Gosar spoke at the America First Political Action Conference on Friday, an event hosted by Nick Fuentes, an online personality who has engaged in apparent Holocaust denialism and downplayed Jim Crow laws.
Speaking about the removal of some right-wing voices from social media, Gosar said, "We have here today many people who have first-hand knowledge of what I'm talking about, including Laura Loomer, who has been relegated to a third-class citizenship. ... She is our canary in the coal mine."
"We have a climate crisis, but it's not about the moon and the oceans," he added. "We have a climate crisis of intolerance. A climate crisis of communists who suppress free speech, suppress our votes, suppress our citizens in favor of aliens, and undermine our republic. That is the climate crisis."
Gosar continued: "The power structures did everything they could to defeat a populist, America First president, but men don't gripe about fairness. President Trump's America First movement is high-energy with a stoic spirit and the principles to prevail."
In a tweet on Saturday, Fuentes said he had a "great meeting today with Congressman Gosar!"
Great meeting today with Congressman Gosar! America is truly uncancelled. pic.twitter.com/JLYN8d1UUt— Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) February 27, 2021
Fuentes's past remarks include a dismissal of "Jim Crow stuff" and an apparent denial of the Holocaust.
In a video, Fuentes said, "Enough with the Jim Crow stuff. Who cares? ‘Oh, I had to drink out of a different water fountain.’ Big f—ing deal."
‘Groyper’ leader on segregation:
“Enough with the Jim Crow stuff. Who cares? ‘Oh, I had to drink out of a different water fountain.’ Big f—ing deal...oh no, they had to go to a different school...And even if it was bad, who cares?...it was better for them, it’s better for us.” pic.twitter.com/ZJ7LqpTHgL— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) November 18, 2019
In an apparent reference to the Holocaust, using cookie baking as a euphemism, Fuentes said in another video, smiling, "The math doesn't quite seem to add up there. I don't think it'd result in 6 million. Maybe 200 to 300,000 cookies."
Here's Nick Fuentes denying that the Holocaust happened.
Him and his followers are scum of the earth and their bad faith, anti-Semitic attacks should be shot down by the entire conservative movement. pic.twitter.com/7wJ9S7Q6zv— Caleb Hull (I'm With the CCP Don't Ban Me) (@CalebJHull) October 30, 2019
At a Turning Point USA event in 2019, Donald Trump Jr. was heckled by supporters of Fuentes, nicknamed the "Groyper Army."
Republican National Committee rapid response director Tommy Pigott told the Washington Examiner on Saturday in response to Gosar's appearance at the event that "there is no place for anti-Semitism or racism in the Republican Party. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms."
AFPAC was started as an alternative to the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Gosar spoke on Saturday.
During a panel at CPAC that Gosar participated in, he told the audience, "I want to tell you, I denounce ... white racism." He added, "That’s not appropriate." He later told the Washington Post that he was referring to AFPAC. It is unclear whether Gosar's meeting with Fuentes happened before or after the panel appearance.
The offices of Gosar, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and the Arizona GOP did not immediately return the Washington Examiner's requests for comment on the matter.