Under the guise of putting “America First,” several House Republicans have formed their own white supremacist caucus that they say will promote “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”
Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News broke the story about the newly-formed caucus:
The phrase “America first” has been around for hundreds of years. It’s been used by various nativist and blatantly racist groups for decades. Those include the Ku Klux Klan and the hardcore MAGA movement that failed, one-term President Donald Trump touched off when he announced he would be seeking the Republican presidential nomination back in June of 2015.
Mediate reports that the founding members of the new caucus are a who’s who of racist shitbags who have managed to get themselves elected:
“Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who hasn’t met a conspiracy theory she didn’t love, and Paul Gosar (R-AZ), known to have rubbed elbows with white nationalists and Q-Anon followers, have already been linked to the caucus, according to Punchbowl. Reps. Barry Moore (R-AL) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) have also reportedly agreed to join the group.”
The preamble of the “America First” caucus is clear and disgusting:
“The America First Caucus (AFC) exists to promote Congressional policies that are to the long-term benefit of the American nation. The North Star of any policy proposal will be that which serves the American people, and any consequential analysis of policy platforms must be based on this first principle.
“It is the firm belief of this Caucus that American policy-making needs to get back to first principles, restore a long-term time horizon amongst our nation’s leaders, and instill a greatly internalized sense of service to the American people on part of our elected leaders. As long as these principles are put and kept in practice, the interests of the American people will be safeguarded.”
Oh, and let’s not forget the so-called “policies” of the group, which sound like something hatched from the perverted minds of Adolf Hitler and David Duke:
Translation: It’s all about honoring White Anglo-Saxons. No one else is welcome in their brave new whitewashed version of the United States, despite the fact that Caucasians stole the land we all live on from the Native Americans and once owned slaves whose only crime was being born black.
As you’d expect, there’s plenty of other racist dog whistles, such as this declaration on the issue of immigration:
“An important distinction between post-1965 immigrants and previous waves of settlers is that previous cohorts were more educated, earned higher wages, and did not have an expansive welfare state to fall back on when they could not make it in America and thus did not stay in the country at the expense of the native-born.”
Really? Irish immigrants were derided as ignorant and drunken. Italian immigrants were hated for not speaking English. German immigrants were called the enemy during the First World War. In World War II, the United States government placed over 120,000 Japanese-Americans into internment camps. Their only crime? Being of Japanese ancestry.
The modern GOP is little more than a new iteration of the same hatred and bigotry we’ve seen in this country for hundreds of years. They may pretend to be inclusive, but their idea of inclusivity is building a wall around anyone who doesn’t look like them.
America First caucus? It would be a lot more honest to just call it the 21st Century KKK.