Signs of Republican resistance are mounting over a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine, a reemergence of the Trump-led isolationist wing of the GOP that’s coming at a crucial moment as the war against the Russian invasion deepens.
The splintered faction calls themselves “America First” Republicans and has remained loyal to Donald Trump, continuing to push his Big Lie and other agendas. Five of them are currently under subpoena by the January 6th House Select Committee. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has accused the Republican party leadership of enabling this culture of “white nationalism, white supremacy, and antisemitism” in a scathing message after the racist massacre at a grocery store in Buffalo.
Cheney’s tweet reflects the increased scrutiny of “Ultra MAGA” figures who have embraced the racist “great replacement theory” the Buffalo killer cited in a “manifesto” he used to justify the murders. The far-right extremist theory posits that immigration will “ultimately destroy ‘white values’ and western civilization.”
The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 16, 2022
Her criticism comes as Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell led a delegation of GOP senators in a surprise visit to Ukraine over the weekend in a show of support, vowing to push past detractors, finish up the aid package, and vote this summer on expanding NATO to welcome Sweden and Finland. But McConnell finds himself holding down the GOP’s more traditional foreign policy approach, in direct confrontation with the GOP’s “America First” extremists, including Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rand Paul, who unilaterally held up a vote on the aid package.
While I appreciate Liz Cheney asking her party to renounce white supremacy, she still voted in line with Trump’s agenda 93% of the time.
— 𝐁𝐞𝐤𝐬 (@antifaoperative) May 16, 2022
McConnell downplayed the group’s impact on the overall aid package. “There’s always been isolationist voices in the Republican Party,” the minority leader told reporters on a conference call over the weekend from Stockholm. “It won’t create a problem, we’ll get the job done.”
— In Context (@incontextmedia) May 13, 2022
The issue is that it’s not “isolationist” if more and more sitting members of Congress are participating in the vulgarities of pushing white nationalist rhetoric in their official elected capacity. Cheney’s fellow Republican on the House Select Committee, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) was quick to tweet his own admonishments of GOP leadership, particularly towards Cheney’s replacement as the number three Republican, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who has been singled out in the wake of the Buffalo massacre. Kinzinger also demanded that Stefanik, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Greene, and her fellowed beleaguered freshman in Congress, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), all be “replaced”.
Don’t forget Boebert, Gosar, Gaetz & Jordan!
— MΞGAN KΞLLΞY HALL (@MeganKelleyHall) May 15, 2022