ICYMI: NYT Reports “A New York Gala Draws Incoming G.O.P. Lawmakers, and Extremists”

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Yesterday, The New York Times reported three incoming House freshmen, as well as known white supremacists and other far-right conspiracy theorists, attended the same New York gala where Marjorie Taylor Greene made pro-insurrectionist comments over the weekend explaining that if she had organized the January 6 attack on the Capitol they “would have won” and “been armed.”

Read the full New York Times article here and find key excerpts below: 

  • “Attendees included Peter Brimelow, the founder of the anti-immigration website VDare, which publishes writings by white nationalists and which the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as a hate group. Also in attendance was Jack Posobiec, a far-right commentator known for promoting the PizzaGate conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and Democratic elites were running a child sex-trafficking ring out of a Washington pizzeria.”
  • “The Republican gala has become an unexpected flash point as the party prepares to take the gavel in the House after winning a razor-thin majority in the midterms. Democrats have questioned the silence of House Republican leaders since the gala’s attendance list and speeches came to light in an article by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s HateWatch.”
  • “Other special guests included current and former members of the Freedom Party of Austria, founded by a Nazi functionary, Anton Reinthaller, as well as the Alternative for Germany, or AfD, the first far-right party to make it into Germany’s federal parliament since World War II. The AfD party, which once questioned the need for a Holocaust memorial in Berlin, was placed under surveillance last yearby the German government.”
  • “Mr. Santos, the only incoming member from New York who was there, is the first openly gay Republican elected without the advantage of incumbency. He made his name in New York politics with his adamant opposition to abortion, which he compared to slavery. But he also was a proponent of the false claims that Mr. Trump had the 2020 election stolen from him, insisting that he, too, had his election stolen in 2020 when he lost by 12 percentage points to then-Representative Tom Suozzi, a Democrat.”

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