Austrian nationalist politician Martin Sellner is trying to go to the United States and marry his girlfriend, the far-right YouTube celebrity Brittany Pettibone.
In March, Sellner said the US canceled his visa, foiling his wedding plans. The visa cancellation happened shortly after Austrian authorities raided his home after discovering the person, Branton Tarrant, accused of murdering 50 moslems at the Christchurch mosque shooting donated around $2,000 to his political activities and exchanged emails with him. Sellner runs the Nationalist-linked Austrian identitarian movement, which opposes multiculturalism and Muslims immigrating to Europe.
Now, Sellner has the support of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, which represents the district where Pettibone lives, in Idaho. The group passed a resolution calling on the State Department to allow Sellner to travel to the US, accusing it of revoking his travel privileges "for political reasons" and "[interfering] with the wedding plans of these two young people," according to The Spokesman-Review.
"Martin has been to the US four times with no issue and never caused any kind of disturbance, so it really was politically motivated," Pettibone told the group in April.
Pettibone herself is a far-right activist with more than 120,000 subscribers on YouTube and another 30,000 Instagram followers. She and Lauren Southern, another conservative activist, have been denied entry into the UK because their planned activities posed "a serious threat to the fundamental interests of society," according to the UK's immigration officers.
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In one YouTube video, Pettibone said she was upset about her fiancé's inability to travel to the United States but said the two discussed getting married in Vienna because it would be more affordable, and they planned to move in together there anyway.