Ohio venue tells JD Vance to take rally elsewhere after Marjorie Taylor Greene attends
JD Vance, Ohio Senate candidate, author of Hillbilly Ellegy, found himself looking for a new venue after he announced that controversial far-right MP Marjorie Taylor Greene would join him at a ‘meet and greet’ event.
Mr Vance’s event is set to take place today at a Marriott hotel in Mason, Ohio, after the Landing Event Center in Loveland, Ohio asked him to move the campaign stop .
In statements to The Cincinnati Investigator, a spokesperson for the original venue said the company was inundated with angry messages after it was announced that the Georgia MP would join Mr Vance at his event.
Ms Greene is a frequent peddler of conspiracies surrounding a variety of topics, including the 2020 election and Covid-19, and has also faced significant backlash for past comments appearing to endorse violence against Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi , the Speaker of the House.
“People are passionate about what they believe. We were just thinking about what was going on. We had no idea there would be a guest,” said Jodi Taylor, general manager of the event center, the newspaper.
In a Facebook post, the center is said to claim that ‘enormous interest’ in Mr Vance’s campaign stop had forced the centre, whose website shows a small indoor dining room and speaking space, to request that the event be moved.
“Due to tremendous interest in JD Vance’s presentation scheduled to take place here this Sunday, it has been moved to the Marriott NE,” a Facebook post, posted on Friday, read. “We appreciate everyone’s interest and concerns.”
Mr. Vance’s campaign told the Applicant that the venue has been moved to accommodate a large number of RSVPs.
Facebook commenters thanked the company for “any part you may have had in moving it out of Loveland”, while some angrily questioned why the event was even considered in the first place.
“I have to ask you why you would even consider hosting an event with Marjorie Taylor Greene or anyone approved by her. She promoted the execution of fellow Americans, attacked Jews, attempted to overturn a valid American election, and only sowed division and hatred in the country I fought for and sacrificed myself for.” , wrote a man named Don Moss, whose profile indicates that he recently worked for a veterans organization supporting Democratic Senate candidate Tim Ryan.
“It doesn’t matter what we do,” Ms Taylor told the newspaper. “We have both sides upset.”
Ms Greene was recently permanently banned from Twitter from her personal account after repeated breaches of the site’s misinformation policy in early January. The straw that broke the camel’s back seemed to be an article falsely claiming that the US government was ignoring the deaths of Americans who had received the Covid-19 vaccine.