Mitch McConnell Wants to Purge Republican Party of Nationalists

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell criticized two members of the U.S. House  —Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar and Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene— for speaking at the third America First Political Action Conference.

He did so to call out allegedly “racist” and “anti-Semitic” elements within the Republican Party.

“There’s no place in the Republican Party for white supremacists or anti-Semitism,” McConnell declared in a statement, after he was asked about Greene and Gosar’s appearances at AFPAC 3. 

The conference was organized by right-wing nationalist Nick Fuentes, who is known for his unapologetic nationalist views that are in favor of protecting the Historic American Nation. 

There is clearly a growing divide within the Republican Party, as the insurgent nationalist wing of the party seeks to move the party in a more immigration patriot and non-interventionist direction. 

Utah Senator Mitt Romney and Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney — two mainstays of the Republican Party establishment — criticized Gosar and Greene.  

Cheney, McConnell, and Romney are all Republican leaders who represent the neoconservative wing of the party and want to do everything to suppress nationalist sentiment within the party. 

Green defended her attendance at this conference.

“I am not going to play the guilt by association game in which you demand every conservative should justify anything ever said by anyone they’ve ever shared a room with,” Greene declared on Twitter.

“I’m also not going to turn down the opportunity to speak to 1,200 young America First patriots because of a few off-color remarks by another speaker, even if I find those remarks unsavory,” Greene added.

The GOP is using the present Russia-Ukraine hysteria to create unity with their neoliberal rivals. In doing so, they will try to purge dissidents who hold nationalist and pro-foreign policy restraint beliefs. 

The first groups they’ll start with are the America First crowd and the politicians that they are close to. Then they’ll start purging libertarians or anyone who tries to deviate them from their politically acceptable standards. 

America First nationalist must build robust activist, donor, and media networks to counter this new establishment offensive against them. One cannot win political battles with ideas alone.

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