Anthony Sabatini headlined a nationalist convention in Tampa
Anthony Sabatini at America Virtue. Image via YouTube.

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He attacked immigrants, Juneteenth and Kevin McCarthy in an angry speech.

Congressional candidate Anthony Sabatini spoke Friday at a Tampa gathering of nationalists. “God bless the nationalist populist movement,” he said during his remarks.

At the American Virtue conference, Sabatini trashed Republican Party leaders like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as “woke.” He also advocated for a complete moratorium on all immigration and eliminating Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

“Our policies should always focus on helping the people that are already here,” he said.

Sabatini’s appearance was first reported by the Political Research Associates think tank, which reported on candidates for office from around the country who participated in the event.

The organization reports the conference was organized by many who previously worked for Nick Fuentes America First organization, though Fuentes has criticized the group for defecting from America First to America Virtue and aping its structure and methods. In 2017, Fuentes participated in the infamous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. He drew national attention last year when he chanted cheers for Russian President Vladimir Putin and decried racial diversity at his AFPAC conference in Orlando.

While American Virtue has distanced itself from Fuentes’ most controversial statements, many of his positions seemed echoed in speeches from Sabatini and others. While the group won’t outwardly identify as a White Nationalist Group, current leader Vince Dao, a Vietnamese American, has routinely used the terminology of replacement theory and suggested Whites face persecution, regular themes of the movements.

“They tell White people they are crazy and racist for worrying about demographic change, but the writing is on the wall,” Dao tweeted last July. “You have a culture that is already trying to discriminate against White people, what happens when white people become the actual minority in America?”

Sabatini, a candidate in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, didn’t praise Putin but greatly criticized U.S. involvement in defending Ukraine from Russian invasion.

“The future of the Republican Party is a party of peace and prosperity,” Sabatini said, “and that means no more meddling in European affairs when they don’t directly address the interest of the American people.”

He demanded every Republican who voted for providing aid to Ukraine should be primaried and driven from Congress.

Sabatini at the event promised nationalists, if they commit themselves to the cause long term, they will take over the Republican party in a few years.

“This is a seed that’s just been planted,” he said. “It’s only going to be a few years before we take over the Republican Party but the work that remains before us is work. That must be done before anything can happen. We are still a minority within the GOP. The GOP is still full of empty suit establishment Republicans that really hate our country.”

He also attacked those who voted in favor of making June 19th, the anniversary of the last U.S. slaves being freed, into a federal holiday. That incidentally came about thanks to legislation supported by every sitting member of the Florida congressional delegation. But Sabatini wants the decision repealed.

“We need to repeal the Juneteenth holiday that the woke Congress passed last year,” he said. “That’s non-negotiable. No more woke holidays. It’s time to go back to the Fourth of July.”

He also personally attacked several Republican leaders. He states McCarthy “cannot be the Speaker of the next Republican majority in Congress.”

He also made clear he prioritized speaking at the American Virtue event even though he may be tired for a debate at the GOP Sunshine Summit in Fort Lauderdale the following day. In part, that’s because he didn’t agree with the choice of moderator, conservative radio host Mark Levin.

“The debate is being moderated by Mark Levin and he’s a super neocon and I don’t really give a damn about it,” he said. “We are done with neocons in the Republican Party.”

Sabatini name-dropped Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Panhandle Republican as a friend. But he also said of Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Texas Republican, “you suck” and dismissed the congressman as an “Eye Patch McCain,” an insult recently hurled by Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Crenshaw lost an eye serving as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan.

He also attacked the 47 Republicans who recently voted in favor of codifying marriage equality as federal law. “The Republicans that voted for that should be ashamed and they need to all be primaried and removed,” he said. “There’s no room for them.” But that was a vote supported by six Republicans in Florida’s congressional delegation.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


13 comments

  • Ol' Yeller

    July 29, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    Against immigration? Did you know (you didn’t) that the natural growth rate of the Florida population is NEGATIVE. There are more deaths than births. Well, then, where the hell is all this traffic and all these soaring home prices and cost of living inflation coming from? IMMIGRATION. The next time someone tells you that they had to pay $600,000 to $700,000 for a 3/2/2 home built 40 years ago–it’s immigration that’s the cause. Yes, Democrats turn all freaky yellow at the sound of Sabatini’s name, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t right.

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    • Elliott Offen

      July 29, 2022 at 4:10 pm

      Immigration from other states yes.. illegal immigrants from Mexico coming here to buy $500K homes no.

      Doesn’t mean he isn’t right? Kevin McCarthy is woke doesn’t sound right to me. Sounds like the usual far right lies..poo poo propaganda.

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      • Ol' Yeller

        July 29, 2022 at 4:41 pm

        It doesn’t matter if it’s from the planet Xanadu. Until this state and the United States regains control of its borders, the natural movement of people pursuing their own agendas and ignoring the real and pronounced damaging effects of their actions is going to continue making life more and more difficult for people who were here first and whose only desire is to be left alone. We need a government that is going to protect the people, not exploit them for votes.

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        • Elliott Offen

          July 29, 2022 at 5:20 pm

          Government that will not exploit people for votes requires complete change in our nightmarish two party political system. We need the political system that many European countries have. Also our economic system will ensure never ending highs and lows, instability, crashes, and other schemes that shovel money to the rich. Enjoy! America number one!

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          • Ol' Yeller

            July 30, 2022 at 3:28 am

            Florida recognizes ELEVEN political parties, including an outfit called The Party for Socialism and Liberation headquartered in Sarasota. If you don’t like the major parties, join one of the minor ones and build it up. You can run for office on its line in the next cycle.

          • Jerry

            July 30, 2022 at 7:04 pm

            Copying Europe is not the way. We fought a war to get away from them. And their politics is even more a disaster. What exactly do you think is so attractive about Europe politically? They are a mess!

            The entire western world is falling apart before our eyes. And all you liberals want to do is spend more money, shut down our energy sectors, invite everyone in, and destroy our constitution. We are $30 trillion in debt (actually $40 trillion if you include the federal reserve debts) and you want to make the government bigger and more powerful? This country fully deserves the crash that is coming! You get what you vote for.

  • Ol' Yeller

    July 29, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    “. . .change in our nightmarish two party political system.”
    Our nightmarish two party political system is actually an ELEVEN-PARTY political system (in Florida) that works pretty well. There is even a “Party of Socialism and Liberation” headquartered in Sarasota. Don’t like Republicans and Democrats? Choose from one of the other 9 Florida parties. Go with the Socialists. Join their party and you can run for office in the next cycle. They’d probably love you for it.

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  • Ol' Yeller

    July 30, 2022 at 10:03 am

    This is the third time I have posted an answer to Elliott Offen pointing out that Florida recognizes eleven–eleven–political parties, not two, and that if he doesn’t like the two major parties he should join a minor party, such as the Socialists in Sarasota, and build it up. Both previous times, FLAPOL has deleted my comment. Let’s see if they do it again.

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  • Beth

    July 30, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Sabatini is just another ignorant brain dead maga cult member who has no purpose in life. Such a loser the only thing he is capable of is running around posing as a neo nazi. Who raised this wack job? Was he dropped on his head as a child?
    Time to rid our government of these useless pieces of garbage. The entire radical Republican sect is destroying this country and needs to be eliminated. Hopefully intelligent people will rise up and vote these creeps out of office.

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    • Jerry

      July 30, 2022 at 7:13 pm

      We need the country to break up is what we need. That way you you liberals can have your own country. You can then murder all the unborn babies you want. You can mandate all the vaccines you want. You can mandate everyone to wear a mask. You can ban all forms of speech you disagree with. You can implement your socialism that you think is so wonderful. You can teach your critical race theory and gender ideology to kindergartners. It’ll be your socialist utopia. Meanwhile the Republican half can live happily in freedom and liberty.

      Why not? Everyone will be happy.

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      • Good one

        August 1, 2022 at 7:39 am

        Yeah so we can watch you die after you stop getting social security and eat your last can of beans lol

        Reply

  • YYep

    August 2, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    That’s how they Salk your name as numbers mis use of them always need to stick up your ass like they own you

    Reply

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