Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuLawmakers want Biden to pressure Saudi Arabia to end Yemen blockade Marjorie Taylor Greene offers bills to fire Fauci, ban vaccine passports Gaetz, on the ropes, finds few friends in GOP MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday slammed GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she’s meeting with Trump ‘soon’ in Florida QAnon site shutters after reports identifying developer Republicans head to runoff in GA-14 MORE (Ga.) and Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarGosar’s siblings ratchet up criticism over Capitol riot Political fireworks fuel DC statehood hearing Gosar’s office denies he will appear on popular QAnon talk show MORE (Ariz.) for leading efforts to form the “America First Caucus,” telling the House Republicans to “take your nativist crap and shove it.”
A seven-page policy platform document first obtained by Punchbowl News calls for a “common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and describes American culture as dominated by “Anglo-Saxon” and European influences.
Lieu, whose family came to the U.S. from Taiwan when he was 3 years old, tagged Greene and Gosar in a Friday tweet, writing, “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,” added the congressman, a former active duty officer in the Air Force and a colonel in the Reserves.
“So take your nativist crap and shove it,” he added.
Dear @mtgreenee and @RepGosar: 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. So take your nativist crap and shove it. https://t.co/A4B5hMptPt
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 16, 2021
In the new caucus’s platform, the group declares that “a certain intellectual boldness is needed” in order to “follow in President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says ‘low to moderate confidence’ Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | ‘Low to medium risk’ of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE’s footsteps, and potentially step on some toes and sacrifice sacred cows for the good of the American nation.”
“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 adds.
Greene and Gosar, both fervent allies of former President Trump, have found themselves at the center of controversies for past racist remarks or associations with white nationalist groups.
Others took to Twitter on Friday to blast the new group, including former Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren Hill Ex-Rep. Katie Hill: ‘Gross’ for Gaetz to invoke my name Kinzinger is first GOP lawmaker to call on Gaetz to resign Katie Hill on Matt Gaetz: ‘I feel betrayed by him’ MORE (D-Calif.), who tweeted, “Let’s just call this America First Caucus what it is: the White Power Caucus.”
Let’s just call this America First Caucus what it is: the White Power Caucus. https://t.co/055nrCyzE4
— Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) April 16, 2021
Meanwhile, Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzOfficer wounded in raid that killed Breonna Taylor gets book deal McCarthy says Gaetz won’t be punished unless charges filed Matt Gaetz makes six-figure ad buy targeting CNN amid sex trafficking allegations MORE (R-Fla.) announced Friday that he was among the group of lawmakers joining the caucus.
“We will end wars, stop illegal immigration & promote trade that is fair to American workers,” he tweeted.