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California Venues Abruptly Cancel Reps. Greene and Gaetz ‘America First’ Rally

‘The hateful and racist rhetoric that will be perpetrated at this event by these two well-known extremists has no place in our City’

By Michelle Mears, July 19, 2021 2:29 pm

Congressional Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) are considering legal action after three different venues canceled their “America First” rally on Saturday. The Republican representatives spoke to a crowd of a few hundred at an impromptu peaceful protest outside Riverside City Hall, Saturday evening.

The crowd gathered in front of a wall engraved with a quote from Benjamin Franklin, “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.”

Quote from Ben Franklin, on wall of Riverside City Hall. (Photo: Michelle Mears for California Globe)

Gaetz pointed out the hypocrisy coming from members of Riverside City Council who published statements supporting the suppression of speech by elected members of the United States Congress.

“Here we are in a city that has a quote from Ben Franklin supporting free speech on the side of their building and you know what, they are afraid of you, and afraid of us because they are afraid of the truth.”

Riverside City Councilman Ronaldo Fierro posted a statement on social media Friday objecting to the Republican congress members holding an event at the Riverside Convention Center. The Convention Center is owned by the City of Riverside but is operated by Raincross Hospitality Corporation which contracts with the City.

“The hateful and racist rhetoric that will be perpetrated at this event by these two well-known extremists has no place in our City,” wrote Fierro.

The “America First” rally was originally set for the Pacific Hills Banquet & Event Center in Laguna Hills. That venue was canceled according to General Manager Javad Mirtavoosi because they “just wanted to stay off it.”

Gaetz and Greene then secured a location at the Riverside Convention Center, before it was canceled – the third and final venue canceling the rally was in the city of Anaheim.

“Here is what happened to us,” said Greene. “The communist left targeted every venue and business that we wanted to rent, to pay money for, to talk about freedom in America.  The city of Anaheim, actually put out a statement today that America First is a threat. What kind of city considers policies that puts America first a threat?”

Greene and Gaetz spoke for less than fifteen minutes. They told the California Globe legal action is being looked at.

“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,” said Gaetz. The crowd cheered and chanted USA, USA.

Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene rally, Riverside. (Photo: Michelle Mears for California Globe)

Marc Ang, a small business owner and non profit leader in Orange County supports Greene and Gaetz on bills and issues they are trying to pass through congress. “The hyperbole attacking these two people needs to end. They are good people. I am so glad they took a stand in the bluest of states California, to share their message.”

Ang said about the attacks on Greene being racist and a white supremacist,  “Marjorie supports everyone, all workers, she supports Asian business owners like myself.

Jesse Suave who was born in Mexico and is now an American is angry Riverside canceled the event at the Convention Center. “Welcome to communism,” he said. “We should be allowed to speak wherever we want. Councilman Fierro needs to be recalled and we should protest him at the next city council meeting.”

James Pere, wearing his cowboy hat, boots, and a t-shirt with the words “We the people, 1776”  traveled over an hour from San Diego to Riverside to show support for Gaetz and Greene. “Anybody that is trying to cancel free speech or peaceful gatherings, whether it is on the right or the left, I disagree with that a hundred percent.”

Residents of Riverside residents to took social media blasting the city for their actions.

Perry Chastain wrote on the City of Riverside’s Facebook page, “Elected officials don’t have the right to stop free speech.”

Kassandra Gehrke wrote, “So Riverside is anti-America First? Bring this rally and those amazing speakers over to Norco!”

Riverside Councilman Ronaldo Fierro Facebook post. (Photo: screen capture Facebook)

“So you’re only allowed huh, only your freedom of speech is allowed,” Remisa Rico Tinoco wrote on Fierro’s Facebook page.

“Who are you to tell me what I can hear or say,” said Don Barnes to Fierro.

Greene told the crowd that next week they will be back in Washington D.C fighting for them: “We are here to give you courage, because courage is what it is going to take to stop the communism agenda in America. I want you to be strong and courageous and have faith in God above. God will lead the way.”

“Don’t let yourself be canceled, don’t let your business be canceled, don’t let your children be canceled, don’t let them force your kids to wear a mask or take a vaccine. It’s your body your choice. Don’t lose hope. Keep the faith, keep the courage, and put America first,” said Greene.

After the event in Riverside, Greene and Gaetz traveled to Huntington Beach to meet with VIP donors at a private gathering on a beach during sunset. Greene posted a video of the large turnout on her Instagram page with people in the crowd waving the American flag and chanting, “freedom”.

Gaetz said, “This is the energy and enthusiasm we have to carry all throughout this great country. This is proof that in politics you win when you show up.”

Gaetz and Greene plan to come back to California and hold the American First Rally in the near future.


Photo from Greene’s Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/p/CRdBTZ5H3xJ/?utm_medium=copy_link

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10 thoughts on “California Venues Abruptly Cancel Reps. Greene and Gaetz ‘America First’ Rally

  1. No ones stopping them from talking. Stop playing the victim. They just said they couldn’t do it in the convention center. If they were talking about satanism in a city owned venue, would you feel the same way? The city has a right to choose who they do business with, (remember the whole cake thing in Michigan?) and extremist, racist, far right politicians, that were elected by people on the other side of the country (seriously, why are they here instead of working for their constituents?) are simply not the kind of folks they want associate with. They can still speak their BS. The irony is they were literally SPEAKING IN PUBLIC about being censored.

  2. Division is a Democratic play and they
    use the victim game more than any one I’ve ever seen. Disgusting and pathetic pedophile loving Democrats … can’t take the truth so they have to shut it down. You don’t have to listen so why take the freedom of speech from others?

    1. Pedophile loving Democrats?! You DO realize that Matt Gaetz is an actual pedophile, right? Donald tRump has repeatedly discussed, (in a sexual way) his daughters’ bodies, shared that he wanted to date his daughter and was friends with both Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. I’m not saying that there aren’t plenty of creeps on the Democrat side, however there isn’t a cult-like worship of them the way there is for tRump who is both a pedophile himself and big supporter of fellow pedophiles.

  3. Councilman Ronaldo Fierro attempt to deny free speech is an attack on all of us. The purpose of Free Speech is to protect what some may consider offensive speech. Let anyone openly speak at a public venue. Let their thoughts and ideas be freely expressed so individuals may formulate an informed opinion. Do do otherwise is embolden petty tyrants like Fierro and those weak minded individuals that cannot consider or simply ignore a counterviewpoint that make them uncomfortable.

  4. You think It’s ok for a public venue to refuse to let someone rent their space for a same-sex wedding because it’s against the owner’s beliefs; but when a venue says you can’t use their space because of the views you represent which are the opposite of the owners views … and you complain now? I smell hypocrisy piled very high and very deep.

  5. Oh good to know she stands by “my body my choice” as long as she understands that means abortions too. Couple of big cry babies. Their tired fear mongering catch phrases of the scary communists coming and trans people coming for the children is all to sell tickets you f sheep.

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