Republican House Member Apologizes for Capitol Photo-op With Neo-Nazi Group.

Matthew C. Woodruff
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Some Republican lawmakers seem to have a propensity for involving themselves with Nazis, knowingly or not.

In 2020, a speaker was removed at the last minute from the Republican National Convention after a reporter discovered she had promoted anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi conspiracy theories. In fact, Trump himself has, knowingly or not, promoted the Nazi agenda at times, most notably when he called a group of neo-Nazi protestors in Charlottseville, VA, where at least 1 person was killed, as ‘very fine people.’

Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who not only evangelizes for the notorious conspiracy theory Q-Anon, has also promoted racist and anti-Semitic videos and other social-media content. Media Matters found that she has promoted a far-right video that “features anti-Muslim propaganda which quotes an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier."

Now another GOP House Representative is apologizing for posing for a photo-op with a known group of neo-Nazis.

One of the men’s gray, Nazi-style trench coat and Hitler Youth haircut didn’t seem to be a clue for the Congressman.

A smiling Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) posed for a photograph outside the U.S. Capitol last week alongside two well-known white supremacists: Ryan Sanchez, a former member of the violent neo-Nazi street gang Rise Above Movement who was dressed similarly to a WWII German officer, and Greyson Arnold, a pro-Nazi blogger.

“These are not mere far-right activists,” the journalist who captured the photo writes, “These men support active calls for genocide against LGBTQ+, Black, and Jewish people in the United States. Why are Republicans meeting with mask-off neo-Nazis?”

This isn’t the first time Rosendale, a loyal ally of Donald Trump who is rumored to be eyeing another run against Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in 2024, has come under fire for mingling with far-right extremists. In 2014, he spoke at a pro-gun Oath Keepers rally in Kalispell, Montana. Pictures from that event show Rosendale, then a state senator, standing at a microphone with a large black and yellow Oath Keepers banner. The anti-government militia group has a long history of violence, including storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Two of the neo-Nazi group Rosendale posed with outside the Capitol were in attendance at this year’s CPAC meeting where Rosendale also was.

Rosendale later apologized for the photo saying he didn’t know who the men were.

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