Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz (Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) fired back as they held a protest on Saturday after multiple California venues canceled plans to host one of their “America First” rallies. The two GOP Reps held a “Free Speech Peaceful Protest” outside Riverside City Hall. A large crowd of more than 100 people showed up to protest the town afraid of free speech.
“They may try to cancel us online. They may try to pursue us in real life. They may try to shut down our venues. But we will take this fight to them in the courts, in the halls of Congress and, if necessary, in the streets.” Matt said. “Do you know why they’re so afraid of Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene? Because we fight for you, not them.”
“We won’t back down,” Greene said. “And here’s what we’re going to do, America. You’ve got two members of Congress right here, and we refuse to be canceled because we won’t let you be canceled.”
Earlier on Saturday, in a press release, Greene said “President Trump showed us America First policies” that are going to destroy Communism.”
“You and I cannot let these Communists shut us down and take away our First Amendment Rights,” Greene said in a release announcing the news three hours before the 5 p.m. protest.
Gaetz posted a video on Twitter inviting supporters to what he called a “peaceful protest against Communism.”
“These folks, they try to cancel our venues, but they can never cancel our patriotism or our American spirit,” said Gaetz, who wore sunglasses and stood in front of Riverside City Hall in the video.
Earlier, Gaetz commented in a tweet about the city of Riverside’s Friday statement announcing that the rally had been canceled and hinted at possible legal action. “These quotes are going to make great exhibits in the lawsuit @RepMTG and I will be filing,” he tweeted.
Riverside spokesperson Phil Pitchford issued a statement before Saturday’s event saying “The City of Riverside is aware of the announced event and taking steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved.”
From The Hill:
The demonstration came after three California venues that were slated to hold “America First” rallies canceled their plans amid concerns over safety and the divisiveness of the lawmakers.
The most recent cancellation came on Saturday, when the city of Anaheim announced that a venue had canceled the event less than 10 hours before it was scheduled to begin, according to The Orange County Register.
“We as a city shared our public safety concerns with the operator and the operator shares the concerns,” Anaheim spokesman Mike Lyster said, according to The Orange County Register.
Opposing sides on opposing streets after an "America First" rally with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, s scheduled to take place at Riverside City Hall @ 5 p.m. Insults fly. @pressenterprise pic.twitter.com/H5ky4tAV8A— Cindy Yamanaka (@Cyamanaka7) July 18, 2021