UPDATE: Shortly after lashing out over reports that accurately reflected a document from her own office, Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Green has announced that she will scrap the planned caucus just a day after her spokesperson said it would launch “very soon.”
Bipartisan outrage erupted on Friday afternoon when Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene and the rest of her white supremacist buddies in the House of Representatives announced that they were forming an “America First Caucus” dedicated to promoting “uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.” As if that wasn’t clear enough already, the Caucus invoked the white supremacist “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory and declared that “societal trust & political unity are threatened when foreign citizens are imported en-masse into a country.”
A racist dog whistle so loud that even Champ and Major could hear it from the White House, the Georgia Republican and her cronies were immediately beset with condemnation and fury from liberals and the few remaining conservatives who prefer it when you don’t say the quiet part out loud.
Now MGT is on the defensive and desperately tried to walk back the more explicitly white nationalist rhetoric in an angry tweetstorm on Saturday that absolutely failed to make the situation any better.
All her rage against the lying media and the psychotic communists reeks of latent anti-Semitism and populist rabble-rousing. While she is trying to downplay the “Anglo-Saxon” talk by dismissing it as a “staff-level draft proposal,” but looking around at the wider landscape of the post-Trump Republican Party, it’s obvious that this is not the case. The Republican propaganda machine at FOX News and its primary mouthpiece, Tucker Carlson, openly promote white supremacist conspiracy theories on a nightly basis.
The same hateful ideas that led to the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue and the massacre of Hispanic shoppers in El Paso are being echoed throughout the halls of Congress by Representatives like Pennsylvania’s Scott Perry, Arizona’s Paul Gosar and Texas’ Louie Gohmert.
The extremist wing of the Republican Party is growing increasingly bold — and growing more powerful with each passing day. While conservatives may weep and moan that “this doesn’t represent us,” the truth is that this is who the Republican Party was all along — except now they’re growing confident enough to take their hoods off.