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American News Apr 17, 2021 8:00 PM EST

'They don’t belong to us': Trump-critical Republicans bash America First Caucus

Some Republicans in Congress are voicing their opposition to the newly formed "America First Caucus", with one even suggesting that any Republican who joins should lose their committee assignments.

'They don’t belong to us': Trump-critical Republicans bash America First Caucus
Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

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Some Republicans in Congress are voicing their opposition to the newly formed "America First Caucus", with one even suggesting that any Republican who joins should lose their committee assignments.

According to The Hill, the controversial caucus was set up by Arizona's Paul Gosar and Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene. Representatives Louie Gohmert of Texas and Matt Gaetz of Florida have both expressed interest in joining the caucus.

Both Greene and Gosar are massive supporters of former president Trump, and the caucus they've started together reflects that. The caucus' platform states that one of its goals is "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 charter goes on to suggest that "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."

Representative Adam Kinzinger ripped into the America First Caucus and its supporters, stating in a tweet that "anyone that joins this caucus should have their committees stripped, and the Republican conference should expel them from conference participation".

He went on to suggest that "While we can’t prevent someone from calling themselves Republican, we can loudly say they don’t belong to us."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and RNC Chairwoman Liz Cheney also decried the caucus, both pointing out that nativism, as well as racism, and anti-Semitism, do not belong in the Republican Party.

Their remarks in opposition to "nativism" came as Democrats condemned the America First caucus as "racist" due to its focus on "Anglo-Saxon traditions."

On  social media, Trump-supporting Republicans took issue with the remarks from Republican leaders quick to decry the establishment of the caucus, which appeared to be made in part due to pressure from progressive Democrats.  

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