After former President Donald Trump embraced white nationalism under the guise of an "America First" policy, his Republican supporters in Congress have grown more and more blatant in their white supremacist messaging.
From mocking Vice President Kamala Harris' name, to calling the election of Muslim lawmakers to Congress an "Islamic invasion," to defending election laws that disproportionately suppress the votes of Black Americans, far-right lawmakers are saying the quiet part out loud.
In the most blatant testament yet to this agenda, a number of Congressional Republicans have started the America First Caucus, and its mission is setting off alarm bells.
In a document obtained by Punchbowl News, the Caucus' stance on immigration is perhaps the most disturbing:
"America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions. History has shown 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."
In its infrastructure section, it goes on to emphasize the value of "European architecture":
"The America First Caucus will work towards an infrastructure that reflects the architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture, whereby public infrastructure must be utilitarian as well as stunningly, classically beautiful, befitting a world power and source of freedom."
The Caucus is tied to Republican Representatives Paul Gosar of Arizona and QAnon-supporting Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, though Louie Gohmert of Texas and Barry Moore have also expressed intentions to join.
People saw right through the dog whistles—including their colleagues in Congress.
Dear @mtgreenee and @RepGosar: As an immigrant, I served on active duty in the US military to defend your right to… https://t.co/frwyTjwNwN— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1618597090.0
Just when I was hoping to take a long weekend away from crazy I see this. Completely disgusted. https://t.co/ULEF5MRyWf— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger)1618596562.0
As a Congressman of Anglo-Saxon heritage, let me be the first to decline to join this White Nationalism Caucus. https://t.co/yXpcL1Rusv— Eric Swalwell (@Eric Swalwell)1618594215.0
You can’t get much clearer than the repeated deployment of “anglo-saxon” here. https://t.co/fGh74Hokyk— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@Adam Serwer 🍝)1618593740.0
Racists in Congress hang out and talk about how to be racist. Mainstream media still unclear if the representative… https://t.co/MGRpqedYxj— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal)1618594632.0
This is not subtle. It's the formation of a white nationalist Caucus inside the House of Representatives. #Fascism… https://t.co/iLTLsxxHpI— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman)1618595280.0
Overt white supremacy. https://t.co/weRf00EwVZ— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba)1618593773.0
Several called for answers from House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) while calling out his fealty to the extremist members of Congress.
Any comment, @GOPLeader? https://t.co/GZjIfSjFRE— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1618596735.0
And this is exactly why some Republicans wanted McCarthy to rein in the fringe members, especially after finally ri… https://t.co/ZkdoAVN2sL— Melanie Zanona (@Melanie Zanona)1618597237.0
Kevin McCarthy had lost control of the House GOP https://t.co/I3k0PD4WF3— Darrell "Gun Control " West🌊🌊🌊 (@Darrell "Gun Control " West🌊🌊🌊)1618600537.0
Greene and Gosar have yet to address the backlash.