On Friday, Punchbowl News reported that an “America First Caucus” that emphasizes “common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and infrastructure that “befits the progeny of European architecture,” is being scrapped by the two Republican lawmakers.
These two lawmakers are Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar are collaborating to form the far-right caucus, whose aim is to “follow in President Trump’s footsteps, and potentially step on some toes and sacrifice sacred cows for the good of the American nation,” Punchbowl News documented.
The America First Caucus (AFC) exists to promote Congressional policies that are to the long-term benefit of the American nation. The North Star of any policy proposal will be that which serves the American people, and any consequential analysis of policy platforms must be based on this first principle.
GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz is proudly supporting the group and twitted, “We will end wars, stop illegal immigration & promote trade that is fair to American workers.” Other Trump loyalists on Capitol Hill, like Reps. Barry Moore and Louie Gohmert, have also agreed to join the caucus, Punchbowl News reported.
“America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions,” the document said in a section outlining its views on immigration.
It went on to say, without citing any evidence, 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 document also pushed the lie that immigrants who came to the US before 1965 were “more educated, earned higher wages, and did not have an expansive welfare state to fall back on when they could not make it in America and thus did not stay in the country at the expense of the native-born.”
The document’s section on infrastructure said the caucus will “work towards an infrastructure that reflects the architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture,” and criticized the US government for “sending trillions of dollars out the door to support the infrastructure of other nations – even to countries that hate the United – with nothing to show for it.”
On foreign aid, the document said it would be “unwise” for the US to send financial and military support to other countries because it represents an “entanglement that rarely provides any benefit to our citizens.”
• Fact check: This view stands in stark contrast to what experts in the field say. As George Ingram, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, wrote in 2019, “there is hard evidence that development and humanitarian programs produce considerable results,” including a sharp decline in extreme poverty over the last three decades; a significant decrease in maternal, infant, and child mortality rates; an increase in global life expectancy; and the eradication of diseases like smallpox and a steep drop in cases of polio and malaria.
• Sending foreign assistance also bolsters US national security “by supporting allies in promoting regional and global stability and peace,” Ingram wrote, and it shores up “national economic progress and stability, which can make it more viable for citizens to remain at home rather than migrate to other countries.”
“Recent election results demonstrate a compromised integrity of our elections and made our election system a subject of global mockery.” According to the America First Caucus’ mission statement, this also parroted many of Trump’s lies about the 2020 election and voter fraud.