Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said Friday that he is “proud to join” the America First Caucus created by Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) that calls for a “common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”
Via The Hill:
A policy platform for the group, which calls itself the America First Caucus, declares that “a certain intellectual boldness is needed” in order to “follow in President Trump’s footsteps, and potentially step on some toes and sacrifice sacred cows for the good of the American nation.”
The seven-page document, first obtained by Punchbowl News, is explicit in its nativist rhetoric and describes American culture as dominated by “Anglo-Saxon” and European influences.
“America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions. History has shown that societal trust and political unity are threatened when foreign citizens are imported en-masse into a country, particularly without institutional support for assimilation and an expansive welfare state to bail them out should they fail to contribute positively to the country,” the platform states.
The document also says in a section on infrastructure that the caucus will “work towards an infrastructure that reflects the architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture.”
Gaetz tweeted Friday that he is joining the caucus, writing that he “proud to join” and “We will end wars, stop illegal immigration & promote trade that is fair to American workers.”
He added: “This is just a hit piece from the America Last crowd in Big Media, Big Tech & Big Government.”
The Hill noted that Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is considering joining as well.
It’s unclear how many other GOP lawmakers are planning to become members of the new caucus, but Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Friday told reporters on Capitol Hill that he is “looking at” joining the group.
When asked about the references to “Anglo-Saxon” influence, Gohmert said he “hadn’t seen that.”
“It’s not supposed to be about race at all,” Gohmert said.
Once news of the caucus broke, Democrats were quick to offer criticism.
“As an immigrant, I served on active duty in the US military to defend your right to say stupid stuff. What makes America great is that we don’t judge you based on bloodline, we look at your character,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) wrote in a tweet, tagging Greene and Gosar.
“So take your nativist crap and shove it,” Lieu added.
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