Boise, Idaho (AP) – Idaho Lt. Gov. Jan. McGitchin of the Republic of Idaho and Georgian Republican Marjorie Taylor Green were among the speakers at a rally of white nationalists in Florida.
McGichyn delivered a recorded speech at the first conference on political action in America on Friday, and Green appeared in person. McGichyn seems to be one of the highest-ranking elected officials to ever attend a group meeting.
A video on social media from a rally in Orlando shows participants greeting Russian President Vladimir Putin after he ordered his troops to invade Ukraine.
McGichyn, who is campaigning in Idaho, told those gathered in Florida that she needed “freedom fighters across the country who are ready to stand up and fight,” even if it means fighting “in our ranks.”
She said as acting governor of Idaho, she twice issued orders regarding vaccination against COVID-19 and mandates for masks while Republican Gov. Brad Little was outside the state. Little never issued a nationwide mandate for masks and struggled with President Joe Biden’s vaccine demands.
The conference on political motives in America, which hosted the event in Orlando, is chaired by Nick Fuentes, dubbed the Center for the Legal Right to Poverty of the South as a white nationalist trying to push the Republican Party to the far right.
McGitchin said in a statement on Twitter that she was invited by the America First political conference to present the video, “and I took the opportunity to share my views on this vital America First policy.”
She added that “the media wants us to play a game of guilt over the association.”
McGichyn’s chief of staff, Jordan Waters, did not respond to emails and phone calls Saturday to comment on McGitchin’s decision to address the meeting.
A group of more tolerant Idaho Republicans, who are members of a group called Return Idaho on Saturday, called on McGeein to resign, saying her speech at the meeting “shows that she is openly caring for the most extreme sections of society.”
Green, according to various media reports, said she did not know about Fuentes’ views.
Republican MP Liz Cheney of Wyoming spoke out against Republican involvement in what she called “pro-Putin, anti-Semitic, pro-Putin white activities.”
On Twitter, she also spoke out against the silence of fellow Republicans.
“All Americans must give up this garbage and give up Putin’s wing of the Republican Party now,” she tweeted.
Cheney set several personal fundraising records, despite the backlash from the Republican Party for her vote to impeach Trump during the uprising at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and for her relentless public criticism of Trump. Trump backs his Republican opponent at the Republican primaries in Wyoming in August.
Trump backed McGitchin as Idaho’s governor. Little, who often advertises a record state budget surplus of about $ 2 billion and significant cuts in government regulation, has not announced his re-election, but is expected to do so in the coming weeks.
Idaho has not had a Democratic governor for decades, and state governor elections are usually held during Republican primaries in May because the winner of that contest almost always wins the next general election.
Another well-known name in the gubernatorial fight, anti-government activist Amon Bundy, withdrew from the Republican primaries earlier this month to run as an independent.
Bundy attracted international attention when he led a group of armed activists during the occupation of the Mulher National Reserve in Oregon in 2016 in protest of federal control over state lands. He was later acquitted on federal charges in connection with the occupation.
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