In a newly released interview, former President George W. Bush expressed stark opposition to the prospective America First Caucus that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) recently pushed before abruptly abandoning the idea after public backlash. The so-called America First Caucus would have functioned as a group for legislators who, as the name suggests, adhere to so-called America First principles, meaning those in line with Trumpism, far-right nationalism, and the like. A promotional document (which Greene eventually claimed she’d never approved) touted “uniquely Anglo-Saxon” — meaning white — “political traditions.”
Bush said that support among Republicans for “Anglo-Saxon political positions” like those at one point espoused by the America First Caucus developers could spell “extinction” for the Republican Party. Asked if he could imagine eventually abandoning the Republican Party if it follows the “Anglo-Saxon” — and, more to the point, white nationalist — path, Bush said as follows:
‘No I’d say there’s not going to be a party. I know this, that if the Republican Party stands for exclusivity — you know, used to be country clubs, now evidently it’s white Anglo Saxon Protestantism — then it’s not gonna win anything.’
The former president added as follows in reference to his own past political success among Latino voters:
‘The key thing was to let them know that I could hear their voice. I mean democracy is great in that sense. And, the idea of kind of saying you can only be Republican if, then, the ultimate extension of that is it ends up being a one-person party.’
Recently, in a statement to CNN, Greene spokesman Nick Dyer said — in reference to the controversial promotional document — that the Congresswoman “didn’t approve that language and has no plans to launch anything.” The day prior to that statement, 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.”
While in office, Greene has regularly pushed far-right talking points, no matter any level of personal involvement that she had or didn’t have with the development of the controversial planning document. She has, for instance, pushed the false claim that Trump was the rightful winner of the 2020 presidential election, an idea that is not legitimately supported by any real evidence.