Tom Umberg

Senator Umberg issues statement on Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matthew Gaetz’ proposed visit to Orange County

In response to news that U.S. Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) and Matthew Gaetz (R-Florida) were hoping to bring their “America First” rally and campaign to Orange County, Senator Umberg issued the following statement:

Like many, I’m disheartened to hear that Reps Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz are hoping to visit Orange County. It’s hard to believe there are those among us — our neighbors, co-workers, friends — who identify with this thinking and may give these people a voice.

It can only mean that we have more work to do to bridge our divides and find our commonalities. The First Amendment is resolute in its protections of their vitriol. But hate has no place in our communities.

Check in on a neighbor or family member today. Talk about baseball, or the kids’ soccer teams, or an event at church. Let’s use today to reinforce the good.

In recent weeks, the Congressmembers have sought out venues in South Orange County, Riverside County, and – most recently – Anaheim at which to hold a campaign and fundraising rally for the America First Caucus, of which they are members. The Caucus’ divisive platform, frequently called racist and divisive has led to protests and concerns across the nation, forcing the cancellation of a number of planned events.

As of this morning, reports were that a private venue in Anaheim had offered the duo and their followers space. Though within hours, the event was being denounced by the Anaheim City Council and was again, cancelled. It is unclear where, if anywhere, the Caucus is looking to hold its next rally.

This article was released by the Office of Senator Tom Umberg.


  1. Like pest control…white racist thinking must be challenged at the highest levels of government. Too bad this wasn’t applied in Congress. Lessons Learned in 2024.

  2. Another attempt by a Democrat to shut down free speech. What are you afraid of?
    I would be much more open to your comments if you would call out members of your own party for their hateful anti-semitic and pro Marxism ideals that will be the ruination of our great democracy.

  3. Senator Umberg,
    Guess you don’t believe in freedom of speech, which doesn’t surprise me being you’re a Democrat.
    Would you share your statements following anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic statements by Democrat Congresswomen Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, Pressley and Bush?
    I’ll wait ….
    There are many in the Southland that support Gaetz and Greene and their patriotic America First agenda.

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