Marjorie Taylor Greene Blasted After Calling for Fuentes Twitter Return

Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has been criticized online for saying she denounces white nationalist Nick Fuentes, days after seemingly calling for the Holocaust denier to be allowed to return to Twitter.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Greene posted “of course I denounce Nick Fuentes and his racists [sic] anti-Semitic ideology” in the wake of the far-right figure meeting Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Springs, Florida, along with Kanye West.

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In this combination image, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on November 17, 2022 in Washington, DC; and a file photo of Nick Fuentes, during an interview with Agence France-Presse in Boston, on May 9, 2016. Greene retweeted a post demanding the return to Twitter of Fuentes and other far-right figures.
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Greene was responding to a tweet from PBS White House Correspondent Laura Barrón-López, who shared a quote of incoming House Speaker Kevin McCarthy saying the congresswoman had “denounced” Fuentes when he was asked about GOP lawmakers’ associations with the antisemite.

Barron Lopez wrote that there was “no public evidence” Greene had denounced Fuentes, only that she had claimed to be unaware of his racist and antisemitic views after speaking at the America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC) in February, which Fuentes organizes.

After Greene’s tweet claiming “of course I denounce Nick Fuentes,” social-media users noted that she also retweeted a post on her recently reinstated Twitter personal account urging Elon Musk to allow Fuentes to be allowed back on the platform.

On November 21, Greene retweeted a post from user @Iporiginalg that lists several far-right names who “need to be brought back” to Twitter after Musk’s $44 billion takeover.

Included on the list of extremist personalities are Fuentes, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, and Milo Yiannopoulos, an alt-right figure who worked as a congressional intern for Greene in summer 2022 and is now the campaign manager for West’s 2024 presidential run.

In a follow-up tweet to the one Greene replied to, Barron-Lopez wrote that Greene had “recently retweeted a call for Elon Musk to reinstate Fuentes on Twitter…”

Nick Martin, editor of The Informant website, which reports on extremism in the U.S., tweeted: “Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is now saying ‘of course’ she denounces ‘Nick Fuentes and his racists [sic] anti-semitic ideology.’ But what about this thread she retweeted last week calling for Fuentes and a number of neo-Nazis to get their Twitter accounts back?”

While sharing Greene’s post, the PatriotTakes Twitter account, which exposes “right-wing extremism and other threats to democracy,” uploaded a screengrab of the Georgia congresswoman sharing the list of far-right names with the caption: “Then why did you retweet this a week ago?”

Fuentes was first banned from Twitter in July 2021 for repeated violations of the social-media site’s content moderation rules. He attempted to rejoin the platform using the handle @spookygoblin8 in late October following Musk’s takeover but was soon suspended again, reported The Daily Beast.

In February, Greene defended her decision to attend AFPAC in Orlando, Florida, as a chance to speak to young conservatives while claiming she was unaware of Fuentes’ extremist views.

“I do not know what his views are, so I am not aligned with anything that is controversial,” she told CBS News.

“I went to his event last night to address his very large following because it’s a very young following and it’s a generation I’m extremely concerned about.”

On February 27, Greene also posted several tweets defending her appearance at AFPAC, while also sharing a video clip of her speech at the event. The tweets and video are still available to view on her congressional Twitter account.

Newsweek has contacted Greene for comment.

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