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GOP House members starting “Anglo-Saxon” caucus receive relentless online clowning

Marjorie Taylor Greene (left) and Matt Gaetz (right)
Marjorie Taylor Greene (left) and Matt Gaetz (right)Photo: File/Congressional portraits

Far-right Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives are trying to start a new “America First Caucus” that will “follow in President Trump’s footsteps, and potentially step on some toes and sacrifice sacred cows for the good of the American nation” and will include members who stand for “uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”

The caucus was first reported by Punchbowl News, believed to be the brainchild of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ). Now, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) — currently facing sex trafficking allegations — has confirmed that he will seek membership in the caucus.

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Recent membership-based startup Punchbowl News shared the reported final policy platform of the new proposed congressional caucus, which seeks to employ infrastructure that has “architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture.” It also seeks to end giving tax dollars “teaching gender studies in Pakistan” and push for “bold diplomatic endeavors [that] must be undertaken with countries such as Russia and North Korea.”

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) was reported as considering membership in the caucus, but claimed it was his understanding that the group is “not supposed to be about race at all” and that he “will go back and look” at the caucus policies. Rep. Barry Moore (R-AK) is also a recipient of an invitation to the caucus.

Anglo-Saxon generally refers to Germanic-descending people that inhabited and ruled on the present-day territories of England and Wales prior to the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century. Due to Hitler’s use of the term, it is often associated and used in connection with white supremacy.

“Let’s just call it what it is: the White Power Caucus, out ex-Congresswoman Katie Hill tweeted. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said that any member that joins the caucus “should have their committees stripped, and the Republican conference should expel them from conference participation.”

“While we can’t prevent someone from calling themselves Republican, we can loudly say they don’t belong to us,” Kinzinger implored.

“The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans — not nativist dog whistles,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tweeted in a subliminal message to the proposed caucus.

A spokesperson for Rep. Greene claimed to the Associated Press that the document released by Punchbowl News were not approved by her or her office.

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