House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who was a loyal Trump lap dog for four years after telling his caucus that Trump was on Putin’s payroll during the 2016 election, and was among the 138 GQP House members who voted not to certify the 20202 election even after the violent armed seditious insurrection against the Congress by a MAGA/QAnon mob on January 6, actually had the nerve to say on Friday that the GQP is not the party of “nativist dog whistles” — an indirect swipe at a new America First caucus being formed inside his conference. McCarthy responds to MAGA caucus: GOP isn’t party of ‘nativist dog whistles’:
“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,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) tweeted Friday late afternoon. “The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans—not nativist dog whistles.”
WTF is this fool talking about? For five years Donald Trump engaged in “America First” white nationalism and virulent anti-immigrant nativism, and appeals to white Christian nationalism. McCarthy cannot erase this from history with his historical revisionism or make it disappear down the memory hole.
The “Party of Lincoln” is long since dead. It’s dead carcass has been hollowed out by the far-right extremist parasites that devoured its soul. It is now a Neo-Confederate, Neo-Fascist white nationalist, Christian nationalist party. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trump organization, and is now the white nationalist Party of Trump. It is an anti-democratic, anti-American domestic terrorist organization.
The QAnon Queen, Marjorie Taylor Greene, was forced to abandon America First Caucus after Republican outrage. One of the instigators of the seditious insurrection on January 6, Rep. Paul Gosar denied involvement with the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ caucus group. Yeah right. Gosar gave the February 26 headlining speech at the America First Political Action Conference, an event organized by a young white nationalist. Paul Gosar spoke to a white nationalist conference, and they chanted his name.
The media shined a a bright light on these cockroaches, and they scurried back into the dark recesses to hide. They are not gone. They remain an ever-present threat to our American democracy.
It doesn’t take long to figure what this dog whistle means.
Well, now they’re just coming right out and saying it.
Several Southern Republican members of the House of Representatives have proposed a Ku Klux Kaucus that will adhere to “Anglo-Saxon” values and vigorously resist allowing any more people of color into America under any circumstances. They’re officially calling it the “America First Caucus.”
The original America First movement started in the autumn of 1940, with open support for Adolf Hitler, loudly promoting their fear that white people in America were subject to being “replaced” by people of color into the fabric of our country. Those engineering this Great Replacement, America Firsters believed, were wealthy, media-connected Jews.
It also openly opposed America doing anything to stop Adolf Hitler after his 1939 invasion of Poland, and was particularly against our engaging in any kind of military action against Germany’s leader.
At its peak, it had 800,000 members including future President Jerry Ford and future US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart. It was largely funded by the mind-bogglingly wealthy rightwing families who owned Sears Roebuck and the Chicago Tribune, the “billionaires” of their day.
Dr. Seuss, who seems to be making a bit of a comeback thanks to Republican [cancel culture] hysteria, produced one of the most famous America First cartoons. It shows a kangaroo named “America First” with baby kangaroos in her pouch labeled “Nazis,” and “Fascists.”
Another classic Dr. Seuss cartoon:
The movement’s leader, Charles Lindbergh, addressed the “Jews will not replace us“ issue in one of his most famous America First speeches when he said of Jewish Americans, “Their greatest danger to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and our government.“
Small wonder that Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene and Arizona’s Paul Gosar, apologists for the traitors who attacked our republic on January 6th and fellow travelers with uber-racist Donald Trump, are the founding members of this new Ku Klux Klan Kaucus.
In their introductory documentation, they argue that they’re only interested in promoting or voting for infrastructure that “befits the progeny of European architecture.” It doesn’t take a dog to figure out what that whistle means.
In fact, they are quite proud of the racism. According to a document obtained by Punchbowl News, the Kaucus’ main 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.”
And what sacred cows might those be?
“[S]ocietal trust and political unity are threatened,” they say, “when foreign citizens are imported en masse into a country…”
As Donald Trump would say, they’re not talking about immigrants from Norway.
Republicans understand what the new Ku Klux Klan Kaucus is all about, and a few who aren’t rushing to join are instead objecting to their racism and xenophobic hatred being so open and public.
Representative Liz Cheney, no shrinking violet but also apparently having a few scruples that must’ve skipped the previous generation, tweeted about the new Ku Klux Klan Kaucus without mentioning it by name:
“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 and reject such malicious hate.”
Her opposition will probably cause a few hundred more Republicans to eagerly join the Ku Klux Klan Kaucus.
State-by-state organizations haven’t been announced, but it won’t be all that difficult for them to set them up and enlist members: all they have to do is buy the mailing lists for the existing Ku Klux Klan and White Citizens Council organizations in each of the Southern states.
America‘s most horrific crimes and our deepest wounds have always involved race. The largest genocide in the history of the world is arguably the near-extermination of Native Americans by European invaders. The slave trade to this country turned the South into a violent ethnonationalist police state. It’s Black residents lived in a state of terror that persists in many ways to this day.
We are still, this time by political proxy, fighting the Civil War, our nation’s bloodiest and most destructive conflict.
Greene, Gosar and others who are promoting this new Ku Klux Klan Kaucus may think they are just conducting the most recent in a long line of racist GOP publicity stunts designed to raise their Fox News media profile and double down on the millions they raise every month promoting division and fear.
But, they are also giving aid and comfort to the traitors who attacked our Capitol on January 6th and tried, for the second time in America‘s history, to end our democratic republican form of government.
They’re contributing to the regional and racial hatred and fear that have, in the past, done so much damage to our republic and destroyed so many lives.
We’ve seen politicians use cheap and rhetorical devices like this to promote hatred and division in other countries.
Without exception, it has ended in disaster.
America must learn the lessons of its past. If we fail to, as the old saying goes, we shall be doomed to repeat our most terrible mistakes.
Snopes Fact Check: Was ‘America First’ a Slogan of the Ku Klux Klan? True: The white supremacist group made frequent use of the slogan more recently embraced by President Donald Trump, though they did not invent it.
The image above is authentic. The photo of KKK members marching with an “America first” banner dates from the 1920s and can be found in the Getty Images archive.
The phrase “America first” also appears in Klan literature as part of a longer credo, “America first, last and forever,” or its variant “America first, last and always,” as uttered by a KKK speaker quoted in the Binghamton, New York Press and Sun-Bulletinin 1923:
“I stand for America first, last and always,” the speaker began. “I am opposed to any organization which tries to bring in foreign and alien ideals.”
Another variant is enshrined in an “Imperial Proclamation” submitted as evidence during a Congressional hearing on the Klan’s activities in 1921:
[The Klan] stands for America first — first in thought, first in affections, and first in the galaxy of nations. The Stars and Stripes forever above all other and every kind of government in the whole world.
Despite their embrace of the slogan, however, there is no evidence that the Ku Klux Klan invented it.
[I]n sum, the political slogan “America First” has a pedigree stretching back more than a hundred years, with connotations ranging from anti-expansionism and trade protectionism to outright racism and anti-Semitism.