In this combination image from left; Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., July 10, 2019, Washington, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., March 12, 2019, in Washington, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., July 12, 2019, in Washington, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., July 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo)
It’s official: “The Squad” of Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA), Ilhan Omar (MN), and Rashida Tlaib (MI) have more than worn out their welcome in the U.S. House. And it’s not just with Republicans, but with Democrats “from across the ideological spectrum”, too, according to a new report from CNN.
Jake Tapper and Dana Bash report:
…[S]ome Democratic lawmakers are quietly expressing concern that far-left progressives have outsized influence in their caucus.
Several Democrats — from across the ideological spectrum — are growing tired of the repeated headlines involving four progressive congresswomen as the caucus tries to push its agenda. In conversations that took place before the President hosted a rally in North Carolina Wednesday night where the crowds chanted “send her home” in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Democrats said they want to keep the spotlight on the issues that got them elected, not a fight with the President.
“The President’s words and actions speak for themselves. We need to focus on the issues that got (Democrats) here: jobs, health care … instead of the issues the President brings up deliberately,” said one House Democratic lawmaker, who asked for anonymity to speak freely. “Anything that takes away from bread-and-butter issues is playing into his hands.”
“The President won this one,” said another House Democratic lawmaker of the showdown. “What the President has done is politically brilliant. Pelosi was trying to marginalize these folks, and the President has now identified the entire party with them.”
“Less than two weeks ago when members of our caucus were trying to support funds for children at the border,” progressives were arguing that “we’re pro-putting kids in cages, we’re against human rights. So there’s frustration,” said another House Democrat.
Tapper posted a 12 tweet Twitter thread on the various issues with “The Squad” these frustrated House members vented to him about, which you can read here via Sarah at Twitchy.
In response to this story, Jim Geraghty asked why these House members were not willing to go on record:
If you’re a House Democrat, and you really think that the “Squad” keeps trying to steer the party away from bread-and-butter issues towards an extremist agenda, and that they’re anti-Semites, and a bunch of ingrates who demand loyalty but offer none in return. . . why are you anonymously complaining to Jake Tapper instead of saying so publicly and trying to marginalize what you obviously believe to be a malignant force within your party?
As an Average Jane Nobody who has dived into the comments of some of “The Squad’s” tweets in the past, I can tell you firsthand that having their supporters invade your mentions is not a fun experience. But I can only imagine what it would feel like to be a House Democrat who bravely goes on the record and risks the full-force wrath of The Squad targeting you and siccing their social media followers on you and staffers in your Congressional offices.
That said, even with the pressure to conform with the herd in the interest of showing a united front, if the issues these members have with the Queenie Quartet are that serious – especially as it relates to the anti-Semitic tendencies of Tlaib and Omar – they should be willing to go on record.
They might just find that their respective constituencies will appreciate it.
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