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Reporter catches Marjorie Taylor Greene shamelessly lying about her widely panned 'Anglo-Saxon' caucus
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Tuesday tried to deny she ever supported forming a new "America First" caucus dedicated to promoting "Anglo-Saxon values."
Writing on Twitter, Greene claimed that she never had any intention of competing with the hardline House Freedom Caucus and accused the media of launching a baseless smear campaign against her.
"The media continues to lie about a fake story," she claimed. "They do this all the time to smear people like me and divide the GOP. I am one of the proudest members of the Freedom Caucus! I don't need another caucus."
However, Punchbowl News reporter Jake Sherman notes that Greene communications director Nick Dyer boasted that plans for the America First Caucus were so far along that it would be releasing its own policy platform "soon."
News broke late last week that Greene and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) were creating the caucus to promote a "common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions" and "the progeny of European architecture."
The caucus proposal was widely panned, however, and even some members of the House Freedom Caucus tried to distance themselves from it. Shortly afterward, plans for forming the caucus were officially scraped.
Idaho lawmakers take aim at Ammon Bundy’s goon squads: ‘We shouldn’t have to legislate this behavior’
A bipartisan pair of Idaho lawmakers are co-sponsoring legislation aimed at right-wing activist Ammon Bundy's "intimidation" tactics against elected officials.
State Rep. Greg Chaney (R-Caldwell) signed on as co-sponsor of House Bill 195 to prohibit targeted protests outside a person's home with intent to harass, annoy or alarm, and shortly afterward pitchfork-and-torch-wielding demonstrators hung him in effigy outside his family's home, reported the Idaho Statesman.
"It didn't bother me for my sake, it bothered me to see the unrest in my wife and my kids," Chaney said. "My wife is tough. She always has my back, and I have hers. But it did create a sense of insecurity in our home. It lingered for — it still lingers if you talk to her — but it was palpable for a couple of weeks after."
The Republican legislator backed the bill, which ultimately failed, after Bundy's People's Rights Group picketed outside the homes of police officers and public officials to protest coronavirus safety measures, and the measure also received rare bipartisan support in a House where Republicans enjoy a 58-12 supermajority.
"I went to him and said, 'Listen you had a lot of courage to say what you did out loud,'" said state Rep. Brooke Green (D-Boise).
Green brought the bill forward and sought out Chaney as co-sponsor after the GOP legislator called out Bundy by name after his group gathered outside a police officer's home April 22, 2020, to protest the arrest of a woman who disobeyed a playground closure.
"Go home, Ammon," Chaney says in a video recorded at that time.
The anti-lockdown protests continued throughout the year at the homes of public officials who backed measures to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, and Green and Chaney decided legislative action was needed.
"Nothing was more resonant than seeing the kids becoming victims in their home because of parents doing their jobs," Green said.
The ACLU and Idaho Freedom Foundation made unlikely allies against the bill, whose opponents called it well-intentioned but overly broad, although supporters say the protests may collide with the state's newly passed stand-your-ground laws."The last thing I want is to add more laws to the book," said Green, who plans to bring back the bill if the residential protests continue. "We shouldn't have to legislate this behavior."
'It's almost insanity': Georgia GOP officials freaked out that their voters won't let Trump's 2020 loss go
Even though former President Donald Trump has been out of office for three months, many of his supporters in Georgia still aren't ready to let his loss go.
Politico reports that Republican officials in Georgia are still concerned about their base's rage over Trump's 2020 election loss, which apparently hasn't abetted even though the party passed a voter suppression law aimed at reducing the use of mail-in voting that the former president complained cost him the state last year.
"I'm convinced that if infighting escalates, we could easily blow it," Randy Evans, a Georgia lawyer who served as Trump's ambassador to Luxembourg, tells Politico. "We've got to figure out how to come together, really. And it's an easy thing to say but a very difficult thing to actually do in this environment."
DeAnna Harris, the chair of the Cobb County Young Republicans, similarly tells Politico that the base's obsession with Trump's loss is a "huge mistake" that could cost the party next year.
"We've got to get out of this mindset," she says. "It's almost like insanity."
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