The past two days have not been good for relations within the Democrat House. Their caucus, according to reports, has begun rebelling against the loud-mouthed, radical “squad” of new Congressional members, namely Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley. This led to Pelosi giving a private, caucus wide address laying down the law about trashing other members. Some of the tension came from a tweet AOC’s Chief of Staff put out comparing moderate Democrats to southern segregationists.
Almost immediately, AOC was accusing Pelosi of racism for singling her and her cohorts out in the rebuke. I do have to wonder if it really qualifies as being “singled out” when you and your friends are the only ones doing the thing being pointed out? I mean, if I rob a bank and the police arrest me, I can’t complain that they didn’t put bracelets on my innocent neighbor. There’s a way for AOC to stop being singled out, i.e. stop doing ridiculous stuff, but I digress.
Up until this point, the tensions have remained between leadership, i.e. Nancy Pelosi, and the aforementioned squad. Things just changed though as a rank and file Democrat member of the House just blew his stack at AOC and her Nazi sympathizing Chief of Staff.
This per The Hill.
Clay, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, fumed at Ocasio-Cortez and the group of progressive lawmakers that includes Reps. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.).
“What a weak argument, because you can’t get your way and because you’re getting pushback you resort to using the race card? Unbelievable. That’s unbelievable to me,” Clay said. “I could care less. I could really care less. I agree with the Speaker. Four people, four votes out of 240 people, who cares.”
In an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez accused Pelosi of singling out newly elected women of color.
That would have been bad enough, but he was just getting warmed up.
“It shows you how weak their argument is when they have to resort and direct racist accusations toward Speaker Pelosi … it’s very disappointing to me,” Clay said.
The Missouri Democrat also described Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and the progressive group Justice Democrats as “juvenile” and “ignorant.”…
…“It shows you how ignorant and little history [Chakrabarti] knows, how ignorant he is to American history. How dare he,” Clay said.
Inject this directly into my veins.
Clay is also right of course. Saikat Chakrabarti is an absolute clown. Not only that, he’s corrupt and has been implicated in a scheme to funnel campaign cash to his own personal business interests. Like all commies, he’s really just about the money. He’s also a disgusting ideologue who makes incredibly false and misleading statements on a regular basis.
He’d finish up by targeting Justice Democrats, AOC’s support group that she almost certainly illegally coordinated with throughout her 2018 campaign.
“They’re missing the fact that we have a very thin margin of a majority that we’re operating under and apparently it doesn’t matter to Justice Democrats, they just want to get skins. They want to score points for whatever reason. But I find it juvenile, their tactics, I find their ignorance to be beyond belief about American history and about who are really segregationists. And so how dare they try to play the race card at this point, it shows you the weakness of their arguments.”
What’s got Clay so riled is that Justice Democrats is running a primary challenger against him and dozens of other sitting House members in an attempt to turn the Democratic party even further left. Understandably, he feels their tactics are self-defeating and stupid.
There’s another aspect of this that’s interesting, though. That being his reaction to AOC playing the race card and bringing up her lack of understanding of history. You can almost sense that he wants to come out and just say she wouldn’t know real racism if it punched her in the mouth.
The privileged socialist queen from New York who’s been praised and pampered all her life simply cannot compare her experience to black Americans and it’s insulting for her to constantly try to do so by crying racism. AOC has not suffered the systematic, brutal racism that others in this country have and she’s appropriating their struggles to further her political career. There’s something uniquely gross about that and perhaps it’s time for people to stop being scared to point that out.
Regardless, the civil war in the Democrat party is boiling over right now. It’s going to get worse and I’m not sure how it gets solved. AOC will not back down and Pelosi is trying to dance on the head of a needle. It’s not sustainable. More and more members are going to get sick of this and start speaking out.
But hey, I’m ready for it. Pass the popcorn.
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