seRepresentatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) And Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) On Saturday urged their supporters to fight “in the streets” during a brief impromptu rally held outside the hotel de town of Riverside, Calif., after three successive venues withdrew from the agreements to host a rally.
Right-wing lawmakers spoke for about 12 minutes, far less than the hour-long “America First” rallies they have held in other states in recent months, before being swept away by their details. of security.
seGreene appealed to supporters to ‘keep fighting in the streets’, while Gaetz said:’ We will take this fight to them in the courts, in the halls of Congress and, if necessary, in the streets. “.
Both lawmakers played down the Jan.6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, in which hundreds of Trump supporters stormed police and ransacked the building in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
Gaetz echoed former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election at the rally, saying, “Donald Trump won the last election and he will win the next.”
Greene also reiterated his increasingly anti-vaccine views, calling the coronavirus vaccines “not approved by the FDA” – although they have been cleared by the agency for emergency use – and telling supporters of not letting their children be “forced” to take it.
“It’s your body, your choice,” Greene added, echoing the language most often used by pro-choice activists despite her own staunch views against abortion.
Greene and Gaetz had originally planned to hold their event at a venue in Laguna Hills, Calif., But the operator pulled out last week, expressing a desire to “stay away” from the controversy that lawmakers could arouse. The venues they booked in Riverside and then Anaheim, Calif., Also pulled out over the weekend amid backlash from local officials and community members, forcing them to scramble to find a last-minute location. .
Gaetz repeatedly targeted Republican members of Congress during the rally. “Members of Congress, in both political parties, take money from lobbyists and PACs, and then they make their offers, not yours,” Gaetz said. He also claimed that he and Greene were the only Republicans to refuse donations from lobbyists and PACs – although several others have said they will swear to forgo PACs in recent months.
“We will fight the corrupt forces of the Department of Justice and the FBI,” Gaetz said at the rally. The comments come as Gaetz remains the subject of a federal investigation into allegations of sex trafficking, illegal drug use and obstruction of justice – which he has denied.