Matt Gaetz Hits Out at Protesters As Rally With Marjorie Taylor Greene Cut

Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) hit out at protesters after his and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-GA) California rally was canceled, forcing them to hold a press conference outside.

The controversial Republican duo hit out against the Left and praised an "America First" agenda after multiple venues stopped them from hosting their event in Riverside, on Saturday.

Outside City Hall, Rep. Gaetz and Rep, Greene railed against Democrats as well as Republican members of Congress before the Florida lawmaker turned his sights on protesters.

Speaking to dozens of America First supporters, Rep. Gaetz said in a video streamed by the conservative Right Side Broadcasting Network: "They've tried to cancel us online, they tried to pursue us in real life, 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."

He continued: "Thank you so much for standing and fighting with us. This is an energy and enthusiasm that we need to carry all across this great country. And, you know what, you've proved you win when you show up.

"This is a happy and inclusive movement. We even want to free Britney. But you know who is not happy? Those pathetic losers over there who bring so much negativity and sadness, so we will be the great line of America. We will stand for our people and our values and our borders and our police."

Gesturing towards the protesters, Rep. Gaetz continued: "And they will live the sad existences that they are currently living. God bless you, God bless America and let's go get 'em. U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A."

During the speech, Rep. Gaetz also claimed COVID-19 came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which while being pursued as a possible theory for the pandemic's origins, has not been confirmed.

Rep. Gaetz and Rep. Greene had intended to hold the "America First" rally at the Riverside Convention Center but were told it would not go ahead in a statement from the mayor.

Mayor Pro Tem Gaby Plascencia said in a statement: "Riverside is a diverse and inclusive community, so it is heartening to hear that this event will not move forward.

"I am disappointed we even got to this point because these speakers are the antithesis of everything Riverside stands for."

They had been forced to hold the press conference after three venues canceled their appearances. Rep. Greene went on to blame cancel culture for their failure to secure a location.

Rep. Gaetz suggested he and Rep. Greene planned to file a lawsuit in response to the cancelations in a statement put out on Twitter.

"The Woketopians are this scared of a dose of #AmericaFirst in California. Rally still happening today!" he wrote. "These quotes are going to make great exhibits in the lawsuit @RepMTG and I will be filing."

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill December 4, 2019. Gaetz hit out at protesters at the event in California. Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images