Kinzinger: Republicans who join 'America First' caucus should be stripped of committees

Source: The Hill | April 16, 2021 | Tal Axelrod

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) blasted fellow GOP lawmakers who plan to join the “America First Caucus,” saying anyone who becomes a member should lose their committee assignments.

Kinzinger, a vocal critic of former President Trump, tore into the caucus after it was reported that GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and Paul Gosar (Ariz.) would lead formation of the group.

The caucus calls for promoting “Anglo-Saxon political traditions,” and several House Republicans came out Friday to criticize the group and its policy platform.

“I believe anyone that joins this caucus should have their committees stripped, and the Republican conference should expel them from conference participation,” Kinzinger tweeted.

“While we can’t prevent someone from calling themselves Republican, we can loudly say they don’t belong to us,” he added.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also appeared to criticize the new group Friday, tweeting that the GOP “is the party of Lincoln … not nativist dog whistles.”

Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (Wyo.), the third-ranking House Republican, also condemned “racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism” in a tweet apparently aimed at the new group.

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