Rep. Paul Gosar’s longstanding ties to white nationalists, the pro-Nazi blogger and the far-right fringe went unchallenged for years

The small group included a blogger who praised Nazi Germany; a Gosar-endorsed congressional candidate who would be taken down from Twitter for calling for the execution of election officials; and a speaker withdrawn from the 2020 Republican National Convention for sharing an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory outlining an elaborate Jewish plan for world domination.
Since 2018, when Gosar had dinner with a European extremist who called for banning Islam from Europe, the far-right Arizona lawmaker has boosted profiles of local anti-Semites, attended a conference hosted by a white nationalist prominent and repeatedly shared Holocaust denial content. website.
Gosar is now under scrutiny for his ties to extremists after he spoke via video at a conference hosted by white nationalist Nick Fuentes. Gosar spoke in person at the event last year. And Gosar, along with fellow Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who spoke in person at the conference this year, have been condemned by Republican leaders for their appearances.
Gosar also shared moving images of political violence against his colleagues. In November, Gosar shared a photoshopped animated video on social media showing him appearing to kill New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Joe Biden. He was later censured by the House and removed from committee duty, but only two Republicans — Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney — voted to censure Gosar for encouraging violence.
Republican leaders have yet to discipline Gosar, or Greene for that matter, for his ties to white nationalists beyond harsh words, even though three years ago they stripped another congressman from committees. of the House for lamenting that the terms white nationalist and white supremacist were considered “offensive”.

Gosar’s ties to extremists go back further than the violent social media posts for which he was censored. He has long associations with white nationalists, a pro-Nazi blogger and far-right fringe actors who have received little scrutiny compared to his colleagues, according to CNN KFile’s in-depth review of the Gosar events and publications. on social media over the years.

His endorsement, as well as that of Greene, became much sought after in local and national political primaries by like-minded candidates.

A spokesperson for Gosar declined to comment on specific questions about the congressman’s associates and instead issued a statement disparaging CNN’s reporting.

In his home state, Gosar engaged with local far-right figures in Arizona, including sharing a Publish of Kyle Clifton, who shared anti-Semitic images, and appeared in photos with Greyson Arnold, who voiced admiration for nazi germany.
The April 2021 trip to Gosar caught at the border included Arnold, a far-right blogger who shared a post saying “colorful Jewish-led hordes” are fighting “the white Christian West.” Arnold has repeatedly shared content saying the United States fought on the wrong side in World War II, spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and falsely claimed there were “Jewish plans to genocide the people German”. He recently shared articles questioning Holocaust teaching, calling it the original “critical race theory.”
Arnold posts regularly on the social media site Telegram under the name “Pure Politics”. He wrote on Telegram he was invited by Gosar to the trip and can be seen in various photos of participants documenting the visit, which Gosar noted was to pick up trash he claimed was left by “illegal aliens crossing our border”.
The trip also included Right-wing activist Mary Ann Mendoza, who was abruptly removed from speaking at the Republican National Convention in 2020 after spreading an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory outlining an elaborate Jewish plan for world domination. She later deleted the tweet and claimed she hadn’t read “all the posts in the thread.” “My apologies for not paying attention to the intent of the whole post,” Mendoza said. “This in no way reflects my personal feelings or thoughts.”
Another participant, congressional candidate Jarome Bell, would later banned of Twitter for calling for the execution of election officials. He had previously job in 2020, his partial support for the establishment of martial law and the arrest of people for “treason and sedition” after the 2020 elections.
In October 2020, Gosar was interviewed by Arnold at an event in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where he told Arnold, “We really are in a civil war. It’s just that the gunfire hasn’t started.” And last January, Gosar share on his Instagram page, a photo Arnold posted at an event with Gosar this year.

Jared Holt, a member of the Atlantic Council and an expert on domestic extremism, told CNN that politicians like Gosar and Greene speaking out and associating with these figures and groups gave these ideas new credibility and legitimacy.

On social media, Gosar regularly engages with far-right figures and memes. Gosar has repeatedly promoted and tagged the work of Vincent James Foxx, who was recently banned from Twitter and has a history of deeply anti-Semitic statements. The Anti-Defamation League has tagged Foxx as a white supremacist.
Gosar shared a screenshot of himself with Ethan Schmidt-Crockett on Instagram, who harassed a store specialized in wigs for cancer patients last summer because he required customers to wear masks and is the founder of the AntiMaskersClub. Schmidt-Crockett was recently banned of the Arizona House after he harassed a Democratic lawmaker using a racial slur. In one Gosar’s video and Schmidt-Crockett posted in December 2021, Gosar encourages the “Anti Vaxxers Club” to stay the course.
In November 2020, Gosar credited Mike Cernovich with a Phoenix “Stop the Steal” rally after the 2020 election, comparing Cernovich to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
Cernovich, a far-right commentator, is best known for his role as a peddler of far-right conspiracy theories, including “Pizzagate“, which bizarrely and falsely claimed that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman John Podesta were linked to a pedophilia ring at a Washington, DC pizzeria. The incident erupted in December 2016 when a man fired an AR- 15 inside the restaurant, saying he was trying to find and rescue child sex slaves he said were being held there. No one was hurt.
Gosar also shared a column on Twitter from the UNZ Review, a website that published Holocaust denial and columns in favor of white nationalism.
He has share a political consultant, Noel Fritsch, on his political campaigns with Paul Nehlen, the racist and anti-Semitic candidate who tried to lead Paul Ryan, then Speaker of the House. the same advisor advised Bell, and Lauren Witzke, a 2020 congressional candidate who has embraced the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Gosar has also appeared regularly in fringe media, such as the radio show of Dr. Bill Deagle, a conspiracy theorist who says the government created AIDS – and said so in his interview with Gosar to no pushback. He also has appeared several times on and shared content from Stew Peters’ show, a right-wing man conspiracy theorist who has repeatedly called for the hanging of Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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