An America First event was canceled by a California hotel after staff learned Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene were going to be the featured speakers. Javad Mirtavoosi, the general manager of the Pacific Hills Banquet & Event Center in Laguna Hills, canceled the event that hotel staff first thought would just be a “gathering.”
Though hotel employees didn’t understand the manager’s actions, they felt differently once they found out it was a stop on the America First tour, hosted by Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
“As soon as we found out who the speakers were we immediately canceled it,” Mirtavoosi told the news outlet. The manager declined to comment on whether or not political differences were responsible for the venue canceling the event. “We just want to stay clear of that,” Mirtavoosi went on to add.
Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene have been co-hosting America First rallies all over the country, ever since their tour kicked off in early May. Their kickoff event was held at a Florida retirement community that heavily supported Trump back in 2020.
Images began circulating on social media earlier this week with a flier promoting an America First rally in Laguna Hills on July 17 featuring Gaetz (Q-FL) and Greene (Q-GA). The flier lists the location as the Pacific Hills Center on Moulton Parkway.
At a May 22 event in Dalton, Ga., a Democrat who wants to challenge Greene in the 2022 midterms, was reportedly banned from the rally.
Many controversies have followed the America First tour, including an instance when Rep. Greene got backlash for referencing her political opponents as “Nazis,” and for the comparison she drew between Capitol Hill’s mask-wearing policy with the Holocaust. Greene also called an openly gay congressman “Mussolini,” and called for a Black member of Congress to be expelled.
Gaetz is an outspoken conservative and huge supporter of former President Donald Trump. He is currently under investigation by the FBI over allegations he was involved in sex trafficking with a former tax official.
“Although the accounting of the venue cancelation is totally inaccurate, we’re very close to securing a location that will proudly host our America First rally with Congresswoman Greene and Congressman Gaetz,” a spokesperson for Greene told Business Insider.
The cancelation comes on the same week news emerged that Greene and GOP extremist Lauren Boebert were not welcomed by a conservative fundraising group called Value In Electing Women Political Action Committee, who refused campaign donations to both individuals, referring to the two women as “carnival barkers.”