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Freedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions'

Rep. Ken BuckKenneth (Ken) Robert BuckHillicon Valley: Trump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules | Facebook board's Trump decision pleases no one | Republicans float support for antitrust reform Republicans float support for antitrust reform after Trump Facebook ban upheld Facebook board decision on Trump ban pleases no one MORE (R-Colo.) tore into a new GOP caucus promoting “Anglo-Saxon political traditions,” describing it as “hatefulness.”

The rebuke from Buck, a member of the hardline Freedom Caucus, marks the first signs of internal division among some of the most conservative House members. Reps. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida QAnon site shutters after reports identifying developer Republicans head to runoff in GA-14 MORE (R-Ga.) and Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarGaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program 136 Republicans get Fs in accountability rankings from anti-Trump GOP group House rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters MORE (R-Ariz.), two other Freedom Caucus members, are heading up the newly-formed “America First Caucus.”

“The hatefulness of this statement is only surpassed by its ignorance of American history and values,” Buck tweeted, referencing the caucus’s allegiance to "Anglo-Saxon political traditions."

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Buck is the latest Republican to come out swinging against the new group’s platform, which has been panned as nativist and racist.

The America First Caucus's platform maintains that "a certain intellectual boldness is needed" in order to "follow in President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE’s footsteps, and potentially step on some toes and sacrifice sacred cows for the good of the American nation." 

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"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," the caucus’s platform states. 

Greene and Gosar have both faced pushback over past remarks, including racist and anti-Semitic comments Greene made before her election and Gosar’s appearance at a conference whose organizer has expressed white nationalist views.

While Buck is the first Freedom Caucus member to rebuke the new group, other more establishment Republicans have criticized Greene and Gosar.

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Florida's restrictive voting bill signed into law Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women Kinzinger hits GOP on 'operation #coverupJan6' over Cheney ouster plot MORE (R-Ill.) said earlier Friday that anyone who becomes a member of the caucus should lose their committee assignments, while Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyMcConnell amid Trump criticism: 'I'm looking forward, not backward' Loyalty trumps policy in Stefanik's rise, Cheney's fall Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts MORE (Wyo.), the third-ranking House Republican, also condemned "racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism" in a tweet apparently aimed at the new group.