The planned meet-and-greet with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, set to commemorate the third anniversary of the January 6 attack, has been canceled.
Westgate Resorts in Kissimmee, the intended venue, pulled out after discovering the true nature of the event, initially pitched as a simple book-signing, NBC News reports.
The Republican Party of Osceola County, which organized the event, advertised it as an “Exclusive event with Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.”
Chance to meet Greene
The invitation explicitly linked the event to the “3rd Anniversary of Jan 6,” with ticket prices ranging from $45 to a steep $1,000, offering attendees the chance to meet Greene and receive a signed copy of her book.
Statement to clarify
Westgate Resorts issued a statement clarifying their position: “Westgate was not made aware of the purpose of this event when we were approached to host a book signing. This event has been canceled and is no longer taking place at our resort.”
Greene has been a consistent supporter of former President Donald Trump and has downplayed the seriousness of the Jan. 6 attack in which five people died and 140 police offers injured.
Democrats fire back
The news of the now canceled event commemorating Jan. 6 drew criticism from Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani who made her feelings clear on social media.
Thought it was a joke
She posted, “Just another day in Florida where the local Republican Party in Osceola County is hosting an ‘anniversary’ event to mark January 6th, and Marjorie Taylor Greene is the ‘special’ guest. Was really hoping this was a joke when I first saw it.”
Greene’s far right agenda has drawn criticism over the last few years. in 2021 she endorsed legislation that would ban the display of Pride flags at U.S. embassies. At the time she said, “President Biden’s State Department has already raised a flag over our embassies that doesn’t represent the vast majority of Americans.”
Greene has also gone head to head with the Black Lives Matter movement, stating that the BLM flag represents “a group who wants to erase our history and bring mass destruction to our country through Communism.”
Trolling trans rights
Greene has also been outspoken about gender issues. In February 2021, in response to Illinois Democrat Marie Newman hanging up a transgender pride flag outside her office to support her trans daughter, Greene retaliated by putting up a sign reading, “There are TWO genders: Male & Female. Trust the Science!”
No word yet
As of now, neither Rep. Greene nor Osceola County Republican Party Chairman Mark Cross have commented on the cancellation of the Florida event.