A venue in central Florida has scrapped plans for an event featuring Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., upon discovering that the gathering was intended to commemorate the third anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
The event, organized by the Republican Party of Osceola County at Westgate Resorts in Kissimmee, was initially presented to Westgate as a small book-signing occasion with Greene, with no mention of Jan. 6.
Westgate Resorts issued a statement, stating, “Please be advised that 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.”
When NBC News in Iowa questioned Greene about the cancellation, she declined to comment on the development, redirecting the conversation to an event she was attending for former President Donald Trump’s campaign in Iowa.
The event, which was first reported by NBC News, was promoted to local Republicans as an “Exclusive event with Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene” at Westgate Resorts, according to an event invitation. The event details explicitly mentioned the “Occasion” as the “3rd Anniversary of Jan 6.”
The cost to attend ranged from $45 to $1,000, with attendees expected to meet Greene and “receive a signed copy of her book.”
Known for her support of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims about the 2020 election, Greene has consistently downplayed the severity of the Jan. 6 attack, where five people died, and around 140 police officers were injured. In 2022, she remarked that had she organized the events of that day, the rioters would have “won” and been “armed,” later characterizing her comments as “sarcasm.”
The news of an event commemorating Jan. 6 received swift criticism from Democrats in the state. Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani expressed her disbelief on social media, posting, “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.”
Osceola County Republican Party Chairman Mark Cross did not respond to requests for comment, leaving it unclear whether the event has been rescheduled.