April 17, 2021
TRUENEWSBLOG – A CONGRESSIONAL WHITE CAUCUS? WHY NOT? Reports that Reps. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE (R-Ga.) and PAUL GOSAR (R-Ariz.) are planning to launch a House caucus based on “uniquely Anglo-Saxon” (read: “white people”) traditions has GOP leaders and Democrats protesting the embrace of blatant racism by some in the chamber.
All eyes are on House Republican Leader KEVIN MCCARTHY, who last night tweeted his disapproval of the proposed new group — but who will no doubt be called on to do more to stop it entirely.
THAT WHITE-TRADITIONS CAUCUS — Framing their new organization around Trump, MTG and Gosar plan to call their group the “America First Caucus.” Documents first reported on by Punchbowl News show that the caucus would prioritize a return to an architectural style that “befits the progeny of European architecture.”
From the document: “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.”
What will McCarthy do? That’s the big question. As Mel Zanona reports this morning, the House GOP leader tweeted his disapproval on Friday without naming names: “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. The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans — not nativist dog whistles.
The idea has even received pushback from some in the Freedom Caucus, which has rebranded itself into something more Trumpian over the past four years. Rep. KEN BUCK (R-Colo.), for example, blasted the new group on Twitter: “The hatefulness of this statement is only surpassed by its ignorance of American history and values.”
Remember: A few years ago, McCarthy stripped then-Rep. STEVE KING (R-Iowa) of his committee assignments over repeated racist comments. Many House members will demand similar accountability for any lawmaker who joins MTG and Gosar in this “Anglo-Saxon” caucus. But is McCarthy willing to go there?
One problem for McCarthy: MTG has already been stripped of her committee assignments for controversial remarks in her past. So she has nothing to lose in bucking him. Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers are latching onto this as proof that the GOP has totally lost it. Rep. TED LIEU (D-Calif.), who is Asian American, tweeted at both MTG and Gosar, asking facetiously: “Will non Aryans be allowed to join? If so, do we have to sit in the back of the room because we’re not white? Can we have fried rice and nachos during the meetings? Asking for a friend.”