After learning that the hosts and featured speakers were Reps. Matt Gaetz
(R-FL) and Marjorie Taylor Greene
(R-GA), a California
event center reportedly canceled an America
“As soon as we found out who the speakers were, we immediately canceled it,” Javad Mirtavoosi, manager of the Pacific Hills Banquet & Event Center in Laguna Hills, told the Orange County Register. “We just want to stay clear of that,” he added, without elaborating.
He explained that when the venue was booked, the center was simply told that it would be used for a "gathering."
The event was canceled on Friday, just days before the July 17 rally; tickets for the rally were reportedly still available on Saturday, but the event's controversial organizers now require a new venue.
Greene's spokesperson, Nick Dyer, called the cancellation account "totally inaccurate," but did not explain why. He confirmed to the newspaper that the venue is changing, but did not have a new location as of Friday. The operation is "very close to securing a location that will proudly host our America First Rally," Dyer added.
In May, the divisive lawmakers held their first America First rally in a conservative Florida retirement
Greene and GOP
extremist Rep. Lauren Boebert
(R-Colo.) were just shunned as “carnival barkers” earlier this week by the conservative Value In Electing Women
Political Action Committee, which announced it would not contribute to the women’s campaigns.
is not a joke or reality show. Our women have fought too hard for too long to be respected and taken seriously as legislators, policymakers, and thought leaders,” said Julie Conway, the group’s executive director, in an email to Business
Greene was also chastised in April
for praising an Angle-Saxon-only political caucus in a position paper, and the QAnon
disciple has been chastised for comparing mask mandates to Nazi
orders that resulted in the Holocaust
of six million Jews.
is currently investigating Gaetz for sex trafficking
and having sex with a minor.
Neither lawmaker could be reached immediately for comment on the removal of their America First rally from the event center.