Gaetz and Greene’s “America First” rally canceled in Anaheim

For the third time in a short period of time, an “America First” rally in Southern California scheduled by US Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, Republicans from Georgia and Florida respectively, has been called off.

The rally was scheduled for the evening of July 17, 2021 at the Anaheim Event Center, about a 10-minute drive from Disneyland. But shortly after the announcement, the city released a statement saying the rally would no longer take place, citing concerns for public safety.

The Anaheim site was the third rejection given to Gaetz and Greene in their quest to organize a rally somewhere in Southern California. They had previously been turned away by the Riverside Convention Center, after a location in Laguna Hills unplugged the rally after learning who the speakers were.

Gaetz and Greene both have a reputation for inflammatory rhetoric. For example, Greene compared security measures designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to genocidal treatment of Jews during the Holocaust. Gaetz, who is under investigation for sex trafficking allegations involving a minor, was reprimanded by a senior US military general in June 2021 after Gaetz accused the military of being ‘awakened’ for educating its ranks on the history of racism.

Greene and Gaetz also promoted false claims by former U.S. President Donald Trump that the 2020 presidential election was stolen by massive voter fraud, which prompted a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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