Conservative House Republicans to Form 'America First' Caucus, Release Trump-Inspired Platform (Dreamstime)
David Morgan Friday, 16 April 2021 07:26 PM
Conservative House of Representatives Republicans plan to form an "America First" caucus to promote the policies of ex-President Donald Trump and said on Friday the group would soon release a policy platform.
The platform promotes "a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions" and advocates for infrastructure with esthetic value that "befits the progeny of European architecture," Punchbowl News reported on Friday.
Republican lawmakers Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar are involved in the caucus, Rep. Louie Gohmert, who is considering joining, confirmed to reporters. Rep. Matt Gaetz is also reportedly aligning with the group.
A spokesman for first-term congresswoman Greene, Nick Dyer, dismissed the Punchbowl report as "gossip" but said in a statement that the America First platform would be "announced to the public very soon."
Congressional caucuses provide a forum for like-minded lawmakers to pursue common legislative objectives.
Democrats including Rep. Peter Welch denounced the caucus on Twitter.
"This supposed caucus and its members represent a dangerous nativist perspective that hurts our country, but sadly is not surprising," Welch added.
Rep. Don Beyer disparaged the group as the "White Supremacist Caucus" on Twitter.
Trump introduced his America First agenda at his inauguration in 2017 and made it a repeated theme of his presidency.
Gohmert, a Trump ally, told reporters the caucus aims "to get our own country in order, so it's sustainable."
Gohmert denied the America First Caucus involves race.
"It's not returning to Anglo-Saxon tradition," the Texas Republican said.
"It's not supposed to be about race at all. We're stronger, you know, diversified. But there's some things that helped make us strong."