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Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics

Rep. 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.) defended her efforts to form a pro-Trump caucus in the House of Representatives, saying she would push forward with forming the group but distancing herself from nativist language the group has espoused. 

Greene said in a statement that she had not read a staff-written draft from the "America First Caucus" that calls for a "common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions."

"On Friday, sick and evil POS in the media attacked me with phrases I never said or wrote. They released a staff level draft proposal from an outside group that I hadn’t read. The scum and liars in the media are calling me a racist by taking something out of context," Greene tweeted

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"It’s more proof so-called journalists lie and create false narratives," she continued. "The media are the ones focused on race & use it to divide the American people with hate through identity politics."

Greene’s response comes after a wave rebukes from both Democrats and Republicans over the caucus. Beyond reproaches from Democrats calling the group racist, 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 any lawmaker who joins should be stripped of their committees, and 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.), a member of the hard-line Freedom Caucus, called the group “hateful.” 

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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." 

"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," it states.

Greene indicated Saturday she would press forward with the caucus, which she is reportedly forming with Rep. 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.).

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.

“I believe in America First with all my heart and that means every American, of every race, creed, and color. I will never back down and I will never stop fighting for America First. There are tens of millions of Americans who agree,” she said. 

"I have plans to drive President Trump’s America First agenda with my Congressional colleagues but we won’t let the media or anyone else push the narrative," she added. "America First policies will save this country for all of us, our children, and ultimately the world."