An event center in Orange County, CA, canceled plans to host an “America First” rally on July 17th after learning the speakers were slated to be two of the most controversial Republicans in Congress: Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
“We just want to stay clear of that,” Javad Mirtavoosi, general manager of Pacific Hills Banquet & Event Center in Laguna Hills, told local news media. “As soon as we found out who the speakers were we immediately canceled it,” Mirtavoosi said.
Gaetz and Greene have been co-hosting America First rallies across the country since early May, when they kicked off the series in a Florida retirement community that heavily supported Trump in 2020. Images started circulating on social media earlier this week with a flier promoting an America First rally in Laguna Hills on July 17th featuring Gaetz (Q-FL) and Greene (Q-GA). The flier lists the location as the Pacific Hills center on Moulton Parkway.
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz were set to host an "America First" rally in Orange County on July 17, but when the venue found out who was behind the event, they canceled. They’re apparently too extreme even for conservative Orange County. pic.twitter.com/XfdleabBHR
— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@NotHoodlum) July 10, 2021
At a May 22nd event in Dalton, Georgia, a Democrat who says he plans to challenge Greene in the 2022 midterms was reportedly kicked out of the “America First” rally. At another recent rally, Greene, who has come under fire for her repeated references and comparisons to the Holocaust, tore into her political opponents, called an openly gay congressman “Mussolini,” and called for a Black member of Congress to be expelled.
I saw my county trending and was rolling my eyes at what we may have done this time, just to see Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz had their venue rally here cancelled to keep them out. I can actually be happy for my county for once.
— Starry ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 (@Starry_Aqua) July 10, 2021
Greene’s campaign disputed that account of how the cancellation transpired. And they’re still selling tickets for a rally, though they’re still trying to find an Orange County 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. Dyer said ticket purchases for the planned Orange County event have been “overwhelming.”
The Laguna Hills, CA hotel where Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz’s planned to host their next KKK rally cancelled their reservation as soon as they found out who was speaking.
"We just want to stay clear of that," they said.
What if all businesses were this smart?
— Kate 🤍🇺🇸 (@ImSpeaking13) July 10, 2021
Along with supporting Trump and many of his policies, the pair have faced multiple and separate controversies of their own. Gaetz is under investigation for accusations of having a sexual relationship with a minor, while Greene was booted from her House committees in February over her comments supporting far-right extremists.
OC Resistors #MakeGoodTrouble:
• Michelle Steel Newport Harbor presser cancelled
• Gaetz/Greene MAGAt rally venue cancelled
• OC BoE Town Hall pulled out of Rossmoor
• Pride Flag raised in Fullerton
RT if you helped get it done!
— 𝙻𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚢 𝚃𝚎𝚗𝚗𝚎𝚢 📷 Make #GoodTrouble (@LarryTenney) July 10, 2021
The “America First” tour kicked off in May at a retirement home in Orlando, Florida. Its various cross-country stops have seen Gaetz and Greene tearing into enemies on both sides of the aisle, from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to so-called RINOs — “Republicans in Name Only” — who oppose the former guy’s agenda.
Earlier this year, both were linked to plans to create a political caucus that would espouse the idea that the United States is an “Anglo-Saxon” culture and that mass immigration is supplanting white culture — ideas previously espoused by white nationalists. Plans to start the caucus were dropped after negative public response and pushback from some in the GOP.
The venue cancelled the rally for Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene when they found out who had booked it.
I guess they did Nazi who was coming until then. pic.twitter.com/TMQ9d8exYM
— Heidi (@HeidiOCanada) July 10, 2021