2 Republican congressmen attend fundraiser with Holocaust denier

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(JTA) — Two Republican congressmen who have been criticized for associating with a Holocaust denier attended a fundraiser together with the same person.

The far-right activist Charles C. Johnson attended the yacht fundraiser in Newport Beach, California for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on July 20, according to a report Thursday by the Mother Jones magazine. Both Gaetz  and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) also attended.

In October 2017, news reports revealed that Rohrabacher had welcomed Johnson to a Capitol Hill meeting with Sen. Rand Paul. In response, the Anti-Defamation League urged Rohrabacher to “discontinue any association with Johnson and repudiate his views.”

Gaetz had also invited Johnson to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech in January.

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Gaetz was criticized for this in light of Johnson’s assertions on Twitter in 2017, when he wrote about Holocaust victims: “I do not and never have believed the six million figure. I think the Red Cross numbers of 250,000 dead in the camps from typhus are more realistic. I think the Allied bombing of Germany was a ware [sic] crime. I agree…about Auschwitz and the gas chambers not being real.”

Referring to Johnson’s presence at the July 20 event, Jason Pitkin, Rohrabacher’s campaign finance director told Mother Jones: “I don’t remember who invited him there.” Asked whether Johnson had come at the invitation of Gaetz, Kip Talley, the chief of staff for Gaetz’s reelection campaign, replied in an email, “It was a private event and you’re welcome to check the FEC reports to see who donated. Thanks for reaching out.”

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