An Orlando gathering of white nationalists managed to snag Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia as a featured keynote speaker this year. And right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos brought them together.
The congresswoman spoke Friday to open the America First Political Action Conference.
"I want to say a very special thank you to Milo Yiannopoulos for making this happen," said Nick Fuentes, AFPAC's founder. "He made this happen. He put it together."
The event was held at the Orlando World Center Marriott, a hotel near to the one hosting the high-profile Conservative Political Action Conference. Of the two conferences, AFPAC is considered farther right. CPAC avoids direct association with the group, but AFPAC has still held conventions near to and concurrent with the Florida CPAC gathering two years in a row, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Fuentes, who the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a white nationalist livestreamer, spouted racist messaging from the same stage as Greene moments before the congresswoman came out. He boasted that the "secret sauce" to his extremist political movement was "these young white men."
Greene, who recently said teaching children that LGBTQ+ people exist constitutes "mental/emotional child abuse," spoke at the event and briefly shared the stage with Fuentes. She later told CBS News she did not know the far-right figure.
"I've never heard him speak. I've never seen a video," she said. "I don't know what his views are, so I'm not aligned with anything that may be controversial. What I can tell you is I went to his event last night to address his very large following because that is a very young following. It's a generation I am extremely concerned about. ... I went to talk to them about America First policies, and I talked to them about what's important for our country going forward."
So how did she end up there? Details weren't made available, but Fuentes publicly credited Yiannopolous, a longtime nationalist figure and now a self-proclaimed ex-gay.
Greene recently posted a picture on Instagram of herself with Yiannopoulos and prominent conspiracy theorist Alex Jones calling for followers to "Join me on Truth Social," a new social media site founded by former President Donald Trump. She screengrabbed a post from that site, stating, "They cancel us, because they fear the TRUTH!" All three figures pictured have been suspended temporarily or permanently from Twitter for spreading hate or misinformation.
This isn't the only example of prominent figures once touted as conservative gay leaders working to empower messaging of the bigoted far-right. Tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel recently left the board of Meta, the parent company of Facebook, as he committed to support the election of more leaders who promote agendas similar to Trump.'s He has backed candidates includeing J.D. Vance and Blake Masters as well as primary challengers to Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.