GOP Rep. Gosar skipped the House stimulus bill vote to attend a white nationalist event in Florida

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Paul Gosar (R-AZ) speaks during a panel discussion about the Devaluing of American Citizenship during the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

  • Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona skipped Friday’s stimulus vote to attend the AFPAC committee. 
  • The conference is a white nationalist alternative to CPAC. 
  • Gosar cited special rules introduced by Congress during the pandemic to skip attending the vote in person. 
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Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona skipped Friday night’s vote on the stimulus bill to attend a white nationalist conference in Florida. 

Gosar on Friday night was among the attendees of America First Political Action Committee (AFPAC), a far-right alternative to the CPAC conference of conservatives held nearby. 

White nationalist activist Nick Fuentes organizes the conference. Fuentes was among the far-right activists who rallied Trump supporters ahead of the January 6 Capitol riot and attended the Charlottesville white nationalist rally in 2017. 


Gosar had told Congress that he couldn’t attend the vote on the $1.9 stimulus bill proposed by the Biden administration under rules allowing lawmakers to cast votes remotely for reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The stimulus bill passed the Democrat-controlled House in a vote in the early hours of Saturday. 

Gosar sought to justify attending AFPAC in a statement to the Washington Post Saturday, claiming he was trying to reach out to younger Republicans. 

“We thought about it, and we thought: There is a group of young people that are becoming part of the election process and becoming a bigger force,” Gosar told the Post. “So why not take that energy and listen to what they’ve got to say?”

The following day he attended CPAC, reported Arizona Central, where he sought to distance himself from white nationalism, at a panel discussion he spoke at.


“I denounce, when we talk about white racism, that’s not appropriate,” Gosar said. “I believe in a strong immigration system, but a legal immigration system.”

A spokesperson for Gosar did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

At the AFPAC event, Fuentes said that “white people are done being bullied,” and praised the Capitol riot, where five people lost their lives, as “awesome,” describing it as “light-hearted mischief,” reported The Daily Beast. 

He also mocked Rep. Madison Cawthorne, of North Carolina, who is partially paralyzed, for being in a wheelchair, according to the report. 

Gosar was joined at the AFPAC conference by former Rep. Steve King. He was expelled from committee duties in 2019 after questioning why “white supremacy” was considered wrong. He lost a primary challenge for his Iowa seat in 2020 after being abandoned by GOP leadership. 

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A DC police officer said it was ‘absolutely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist insurrection’ after a video of him trapped against a door by a pro-Trump mob went viral

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Capitol police in riot gear guard as supporters of President Donald Trump try to open a door of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

  • A Washington DC police officer said it was his “pleasure to crush a white nationalist insurrection” in reference to the deadly siege on the US Capitol January 6.
  • In a viral video, Officer Daniel Hodges can be seen being crushed in a doorway by a pro-Trump mob. 
  • Hodges said the crowd ripped off his mask, stole his equipment, and beat him up.
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A Washington DC police officer who was seen a viral video being crushed in a doorway by a pro-Trump mob during the siege on the Capitol last week said it was his pleasure to “crush a white nationalist insurrection.”

“If it wasn’t my job I would have done that for free. It was absolutely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist insurrection,” Daniel Hodges told NBC. “I’m glad I was in a position to be able to help. We’ll do it as many times as it takes.”

Hodges said he was pinned to the doorway while trying to push back the mob.

“They ripped my mask off. Stole my equipment. Beat me up. Sprayed me with everything,” he said. 


On January 6, supporters of President Donald Trump breached the Capitol and clashed with law enforcement, halting the joint session of Congress as lawmakers were debating challenges to electoral votes. Five people died, including a Capitol Police officer and a woman who was shot by law-enforcement officials while participating in the riot.

Trump has since been impeached by the House of Representatives on a charge of “incitement of insurrection.” The Senate will soon hold a trial and vote on whether to convict the president.

The departments of Justice, Defense, the Interior, and Homeland Security have since all assigned internal investigators to look into what information authorities had before the attack and how they prepared.

There have been several reports that indicate a lack of action on key security information, including a January 5 FBI report which warned that pro-Trump insurrectionists were planning to wage a “war” at the US Capitol the next day.

It was also found that dozens of people on the FBI’s terrorist watchlist – mainly those categorized as white supremacists – were in Washington, DC, on the day of the attack. 

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