Republican Arizona state senators voted to censure fellow GOP Senator Wendy Rogers for speaking at the America First Political Action Conference, an event organized by a white nationalist.


In her speech at the conference, Rogers called for gallows to be built to hang "high-level criminals" and "traitors who have betrayed our country." She also expressed respect for the conference's organizer, Nick Fuentes, calling him "the most persecuted man in America."


Fuentes is a right-wing media figure whom the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has labeled a white supremacist. He has spoken favorably of Adolf Hitler, believes people of color are conducting a "white genocide" and has been banned from most social media platforms for violating their hate speech policies.

On Tuesday, the Arizona Senate voted to censure Rogers by a vote of 24 to three. All of the chamber's Democrats and most of its Republicans voted in support of her censure. Rogers herself was one of the three Republicans who voted against it.


Rogers' censure follows rebukes by national Republican leaders against U.S. GOP Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona who also spoke at the conference.


The morning before the vote, Rogers wrote via Twitter, "So today is the day where we find out if the Communists in the GOP throw the sweet grandma under the bus for being white."

After the vote, Rogers said that she considered the censure vote as an attack on her freedom of speech.


"I do not apologize, I will not back down and I am sorely disappointed in the leadership of this body for colluding with the Democrats to attempt to destroy my reputation," Rogers wrote via Twitter. "In the end, I rejoice in knowing I do and say what is right and I speak as a free American regardless of the actions of this corrupted process today."

In response to Rogers' posts, Republican Senate President Karen Fann said, "We do support First Amendment freedom of speech. We absolutely support it. We fight battles over it," the Associated Press reported.


"But what we do not condone is members threatening each other," Fann continued. "To ruin each other. To incite violence. To call us communists. We don't do that to each other."

Rogers has made headlines for social media posts pushing antisemitic conspiracy theories and supporting former President Donald Trump's baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him through an unprecedented nationwide conspiracy of voter fraud.

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