Gosar’s siblings push for his ouster from Congress after inciting Capitol riot, speaking at white nationalist event.
Three siblings of Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., have renewed their push to remove their brother from Congress, accusing him of being a white supremacist following his speech last month at a conference hosted by a notorious white nationalist.Gosar, who allegedly helped organize the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, skipped a late February House vote on the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill to headline the America First Political Action Conference organized by right-wing extremist Nick Fuentes. Fuentes gained prominence in the deadly 2017 Charlottesville white nationalist march and was later banned by YouTube for violating its hate speech rules. At the February conference, he lamented that America was losing its “white demographic core,” and praised the Capitol riot as “awesome” after previously musing about murdering lawmakers.
A day later, during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida, Gosar interrupted a panel discussion, seemingly to distance himself from Fuentes’ comments.”I denounce when we talk about white racism. That’s not appropriate,” he said at the event, later telling the Washington Post that he was referring to Fuentes’ remarks.Gosar’s siblings, who launched campaigns to defeat him in 2018 and 2020, rejected his feeble attempt to distance himself from Fuentes, who Gosar met with again after the CPAC event.
“That was the most nebulous, nonsensical response when I heard about it,” Jennifer Gosar, the youngest of the congressman’s nine siblings, said in an interview with Salon. “Because what’s ‘white racism’? Excuse my language — what the fuck is that? Seriously. I thought that was nebulous as hell. … It’s that word salad, nonsensical, non-sequential kind of thinking that he’s used publicly for years now.”Gosar did not mention AFPAC or Fuentes by name during his comments at CPAC. Nor has he tried to distance himself from the Proud Boys after posing for a photo with a known member last year, nor from the Oath Keepers, which have promoted his comments predicting a coming “civil war” in recruitment videos. Members of both groups face conspiracy charges after they were seen in videos coordinating with each other during the riot.”It’s a word game these people are playing,” said Dave Gosar, the congressman’s younger brother. “Ask him, do you denounce Nick Fuentes? Do you denounce the Oath Keepers? Do you denounce the Proud Boys? Watch — he won’t denounce that.”
Gosar’s office did not respond to questions from Salon.Tim Gosar, another of the congressman’s younger brothers, pointed out that Fuentes launched a fundraising campaign to defend Gosar after his appearance at AFPAC.”He doesn’t have any way to be able to denounce them, because he is them,” Tim said. “And he’s raising money off this. That’s the most despicable part about it. He’s using these people to raise money for him.”
Whatever the significance of his CPAC comments may be, Gosar later tweeted out a cartoon of a sex worker that included the motto of Fuentes’ America First group.All three Gosar siblings said they believe their brother’s efforts to cozy up to the group show he is a white supremacist.”Absolutely,” said Dave. “Clearly,” added Tim.