Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is abandoning the planned launch of her “America First” caucus after members of her own party joined Democrats in slamming its “nativist” rhetoric.
Greene’s spokesperson Nick Dyer told CNN that Greene won’t be “launching anything.”
“The Congresswoman wants to make clear that she is not launching anything. This was an early planning proposal and nothing was agreed to or approved,” he said.
Dyer also claimed that Greene wasn’t responsible for the language used in a promotional flier for the caucus, saying he “didn’t approve” it.
The flier called for a “common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and also made some of the usual right-wing warnings about election integrity and immigration.
In a tweet this Friday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) wrote that “America is built on the idea that we are all created equal and success is earned through honest, hard work. It isn’t built on identity, race, or religion.”
“The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans—not nativist dog whistles,” he added.
GOP conference chair Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, also spoke out, saying “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,” Cheney wrote.