You may have heard U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, gave a ticket to Tuesday's State of the Union speech to an alt right racist , Charles C. Johnson, best known for harassing people online and being banned for twitter after seeking donations to "take out" a civil rights activist. More on Johnson here and here and here.
The Anti Defamation League heard about it.
"It is an insult to the memories of those killed in the Holocaust, to their families, and to the Jewish community to bring to the State of the Union as your guest a Holocaust denier whose business has reportedly profited from donations for a notorious neo-Nazi," ADL: CEO Jonathan Greenblatt wrote in a letter to Gaetz today. "We urge you to discontinue any association with Johnson and to publicly repudiate his views immediately."
Johnson says a transcript of him on Reddit doubting the existence of Auschwitz and gas chambers and the deaths of six million jews was "doctored," and that he is not a Holocaust denier.
Gaetz made no apologies for his "entirely appropriate guest" in an appearance on Fox Business Network today. The Congressman said he enjoys spending time with people with all sorts of viewpoints and that Johnson has been falsely accused of Holocaust denial and being a white supremacist.
"Look, he is not guilty of the things that some people have charged him of as it relates to those claims. Look, he's a controversial figure. There were plenty of controversial folks at the State of the Union. I don't just cavort with people who hold my views. I think there are people on the right and on the left who you spend time with, learn more about, understand their viewpoint," Gaetz said.
You can see the full interview here.