Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) slammed “scum and liars” in the media and “weak politicos” after a memo about the America First Caucus was leaked to the press and caused controversy over what critics called “nativist” language—but Greene said was a draft by staff that she had not read.

“On Thursday, I buried my father and held my mother’s hand as we said goodbye,” she said on Twitter. “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,” she continued.

In the document first published by Punchbowl News, the caucus said it would “follow in President Trump’s footsteps, and potentially step on some toes and sacrifice sacred cows for the good of the American nation.”

Included within the platform are requests for increased infrastructure investment, steps against voter fraud, divesting control from the federal government, a crackdown on Big Tech, a tougher immigration framework, a cut in foreign aid, and the end of lockdowns.

But it sparked outrage from Democrats and some Republicans with some racist ideas, claiming “America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”

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A new America First Caucus — led by @mtgreenee and @RepGosar — is recruiting people to join based on “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” architectural style that “befits the progeny of European architecture”

Some of the most nativist stuff we’ve seen

— Punchbowl News (@PunchbowlNews) April 16, 2021

They say the group is trying to follow in Trump’s “footsteps”

— Punchbowl News (@PunchbowlNews) April 16, 2021

Additionally, on infrastructure, the group also advances buildings with “architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture.” 

Although several Democrats and media outlets slammed the paper, with Punchbowl calling it “nakedly nativist,” it also drew fire from House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, who tweeted that the GOP is “the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans — not nativist dog whistles” and not built on “identity, race, or religion.”

Greene fought back against the accusation, citing previous claims (which she denied) that she claimed lasers were to blame for the California wildfires.

“The scum and liars in the media are calling me a racist by taking something out of context. This is just a repeat of “Jewish Space Lasers.” Another term I never used and the media made up,” she said.

She also seemed to hit back at criticism from within the GOP.

“The hyenas in the media are terrified. So are the Democrats. And so are the weak politicos that float around whichever the wind blows,” she said.

As with the caucus, she claimed that she has 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.”

“I believe in America First with all my heart, and that means every American, of every race, creed, and color. … America First policies will save this country for all of us, our children, and ultimately the world,” she concluded.

NEW statement from Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene:

— Haley Talbot (@haleytalbotnbc) April 17, 2021

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said he was “looking at” joining Greene’s America First caucus. When asked about references to “Anglo-Saxon” influence, he said he “hadn’t seen that.”

Gohmert said that the caucus is “not supposed to be about race at all.”

According to Punchbowl, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is expected to join the caucus, while Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., tweeted Friday that he will be joining the party.

Greene, a member of the Republican caucus, was recently deprived of her committee memberships for “reprehensible statements,” according to House Democrats.

Greene previously served on the House Education and Labor Committee as well as the House Budget Committee. In February, Democrats grew incensed about her statements questioning school shootings as “false flag” events and her support for President Trump and voted to strip her of committee assignments. 

Nonetheless, Greene received significant support in some Republican circles. In just the first quarter of 2021, the freshman representative raised an impressive $3.2 million from over 100,000 donors.

“I stood my ground and never wavered in my belief in #AmericaFirst policies and putting #PeopleOverPolitics!” Greene said in a tweet while announcing the numbers. “The political ruling class fears the people because it’s the people that can take away what they love most. Power.”