GOP lawmakers hold California protest after 3 cancellations

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FILE – In this May 7, 2021, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., left, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., address attendees during a rally in The Villages, Fla. A third event venue in California has canceled a Saturday, July 17, night rally by Reps. Gaetz and Taylor Greene. A spokesman for the city of Anaheim announced the latest cancellation on Saturday, hours before the rally was scheduled to begin. Two venues in nearby cities previously canceled plans to host the event. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack. File)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Republican House Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene held a protest Saturday after a third venue in California canceled their event.

A spokesman for the city of Anaheim announced the latest cancellation on Saturday, hours before the rally was scheduled to begin.

The Press-Enterprise reports that a city spokesman said officials had concerns about public safety. Two venues in nearby cities previously canceled plans to host the event.

Gaetz of Florida and Greene of Georgia insisted in Twitter posts they would find a new location, but instead held a protest in Riverside, where one of the events was canceled.

Shouts and arguments broke out between the lawmakers’ supporters and counterprotesters who gathered nearby.

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