The unofficial proposal of an America First Caucus in the United States House of Representatives by several Republican members has been the subject of criticism by fellow GOP representatives including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
The caucus, promoted largely by Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene, featured a platform that was critical of Big Tech, held the Chinese Communist Party accountable and highlighted election integrity efforts.
Other representatives like Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Rep. Paul Gosar would likely have considered joining the caucus.
Despite former President Donald Trump advocating for Republicans to run on the MAGA agenda in 2022 in order to take back the house in an interview with Sean Hannity, Rep. McCarthy has decided to oppose the formation of the new caucus.
McCarthy tweeted: “The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans—not nativist dog whistles.”
America is built on the idea that we are all created equal and success is earned through honest, hard work. It isn’t built on identity, race, or religion.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 16, 2021
The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans—not nativist dog whistles.
Though the caucus would not have been racially-based in membership, like the left-leaning Congressional Black Caucus, the efforts have not escaped the backlash of being called racist.
One part of the platform that has garnered much of this blowback is in the section on Immigration.
It reads: “America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a
common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”
As Michael Knowles pointed out in The Michael Knowles Show podcast, the fact that the United States common culture was derived largely from English tradition has only recently become “nativist” or “racist.”
The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia noted exactly that. He said, “There is no doubt that American culture … originates with English culture.”
“Diversity alone is not what makes a great nation,” he continued.
Antonin Scalia on America’s Anglo-Saxon cultural heritage pic.twitter.com/EQ5BNWaE4n— Hirsty ✝️ (@realHirsty) April 17, 2021
Now, spokesman for Rep. Greene, Nick Dyer, has stated, “This document pushed by Punchbowl was never approved or agreed to by Congresswoman Greene.”
Rep. Liz Cheney also has spoken against the caucus, tweeting that Republicans believe “racism, nativism, and Anti-Semitism are evil.” Cheney’s stab at the race-neutral caucus indicates the divide in the GOP.
This great divide between what some consider to be RINO Republicans and MAGA Republicans was again brought to light by the proposition of an American First Caucus and must be unified before 2022, at risk of ceding even more power to the Democrats.