Following the recent public revelation of planning materials packed with racism associated with a group under development called the America First Caucus, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) — one of the top-ranking Republicans in the U.S. House — has spoken out with condemnation. The planning document associated with the caucus trumpeted, among other things, the supposed importance of “common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions” — meaning the political traditions associated with white historical figures rather than other groups.
Cheney didn’t name Greene, but Greene has been prominently at the center of the controversy, so her comments clearly applied. On Twitter, Cheney commented as follows:
‘Republicans believe in equal opportunity, freedom, and justice for all. We teach our children the values of tolerance, decency and moral courage. Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil. History teaches we all have an obligation to confront & reject such malicious hate.’
Republicans believe in equal opportunity, freedom, and justice for all. We teach our children the values of tolerance, decency and moral courage. Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil. History teaches we all have an obligation to confront & reject such malicious hate.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) April 16, 2021
Notably, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) — an ardent defender of ex-President Donald Trump and the subject of an ongoing federal investigation into issues including potential child sex trafficking — offered the opposite take. Gaetz, who seems endlessly loudmouthed but barely gets anything substantive done while on the job, commented as follows on Twitter in reference to news reporting:
‘I’m proud to join @mtgreenee in the #AmericaFirst Caucus. We will end wars, stop illegal immigration & promote trade that is fair to American workers. This is just a hit piece from the America Last crowd in Big Media, Big Tech & Big Government.’
We will end wars, stop illegal immigration & promote trade that is fair to American workers.
This is just a hit piece from the America Last crowd in Big Media, Big Tech & Big Government.https://t.co/hjGiuSLwBW
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) April 16, 2021
Gaetz isn’t going to get to fulfill his dream because Greene’s spokesperson Nick Dyer announced to CNN on Saturday that the Congresswoman is “not launching anything.” As he put it, Greene “wants to make clear that she is not launching anything,” and he characterized the sharply criticized planning document as an “early planning proposal,” adding that Greene “didn’t approve that language.” Just the day before, Dyer had told CNN to “[be] on the look out for the release of the America First Caucus platform when it’s announced to the public very soon.”
After the pro-“Anglo-Saxon” planning document leaked and attracted condemnation, Greene attempted to rebut allegations that she is racist — and resorted to language mirroring racist conspiracy theories. As she put it, “liars & psychotic left wing communists in the media who only care about self-awarded Pulitzers, clicks for cash, and pushing weak politicians around” are the ones who “really [run] this country.” This falls in line with the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that financially well off Jews secretly pull social strings.