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Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz hold ‘America First’ rally in Iowa

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Republican U.S. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz took aim at mask and vaccine mandates, critical race theory and members of their own political party who support a federal infrastructure bill Thursday in front of a Des Moines crowd that included fervent supporters of former President Donald Trump.

In nearly 90 minutes of remarks, the two also attacked Democrats, the media and big tech companies. 

Greene, of Georgia, said there is a “civil war going on in the GOP” between those who want to say Trump was “just a blip on the radar” and those who support his core values. 

One of the largest applause lines of the night came when Gaetz, of Florida, falsely said that Trump won the 2020 election.

“Will you caucus for Donald Trump in 2024?” he then said, to more loud cheers. 

Trump has teased at another run for the White House but has not formally announced a campaign. 

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, speak to the crowd gathered for a rally, on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, at the Iowa Events Center, in Des Moines.

The two criticized the Biden administration over the Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan as U.S. troops withdrew over the weekend and panned the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package the Senate passed last week. 

Greene said she is supporting primary candidates to oppose Republicans who voted for the package. She did not specifically name U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who voted for the bill when it passed the Senate last week, but she encouraged those in attendants to reach out to their members of Congress. 

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