Gaetz and Greene hold protest after 3rd California venue cancels event
Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) staged a protest outside the City Hall in Riverside, California, Saturday — one of three venues in the state to cancel their fund-raising event this past week.
- Anaheim city spokesperson Mike Lyster cited in a statement after the Anaheim Event Center canceled Saturday's event "public safety concerns" shared by officials and the operator.
- "As a city we respect free speech but also have a duty to call out speech that does not reflect our city and its values," he added.
- The City of Riverside said in a statement it was aware of the protest and was "taking steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved."
What they're saying: Gaetz said in a video filmed outside Riverside City Hall: "These folks they tried to cancel our venues but they can never cancel our patriotism or our American spirit."
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Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from the City of Riverside and further context on the events.