When it comes to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her so-called freshman “Squad” Reps. Ayanna Pressley (MA), Ilhan Omar (MN), and Rashida Tlaib (MI), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has made it clear she is unafraid to push back on both their false narratives and their dangerous policy proposals.
Such was the case on Tuesday, when Cheney listed out all the reasons why Republicans oppose “The Squad”, noting that it had nothing to do with their race, gender, or religion, contra to media reports that stated otherwise in the aftermath of the controversial tweets President Trump posted Sunday about them.
Real Clear Politics has the transcript:
I want to make absolutely clear that our opposition to our socialist colleagues has absolutely nothing to do with their gender, with their religion, or with their race. It has to do with the content of their policies. They’re wrong when they attempt to impose the fraud of socialism on the American people. They’re wrong when they pursue policies that would steal power from the American people and give that power to the government. They’re wrong when they espouse and enable, and their leadership refuses to condemn, vile anti-Semitism. They’re wrong when they rush to blame America first, when they fail to recognize that this is the greatest nation that has ever existed, the exceptional nation. And they’re wrong when they fail to recognize that no people has ever lived in greater freedom, and then they go on and fail to provide the resources our men and women in uniform need to defend that freedom.
Our colleagues, our socialist colleagues on the other side of the aisle, are wrong when they advocate abortion up until the moment of birth, including partial-term abortion, partial-birth abortion, late-term abortion, and when they refuse to mandate care for babies who are born alive. Our colleagues are wrong when they say that we should open America’s borders, abolish ICE, and abolish DHS. They’re wrong when they advocate policies that would eliminate all private health insurance in this country, destroy Medicare, and force the American people to pay for free healthcare for illegal immigrants. They are wrong when they pursue policies like the one we’re going to be voting on today that will destroy four million jobs for low-wage earners by mandating a federal $15 minimum wage. That is not compassion. That is callousness that’s born of ignorance. They’re wrong when they say that their programs help people at the lower end of the economic spectrum. Every one of their socialist programs would create massive new government dependency and end the very economic growth we need to ensure everyone can prosper.
Cheney also took off after Pressley in particular, who over the weekend at the Netroots Nation conference essentially accused rogue (read: contrarian) Hispanics, black people, and LGBTQ community members of being traitors to the liberal cause. Here’s what Cheney said about Pressley’s rant:
Our colleagues are wrong when they advocate packing the Supreme Court and abolishing the Electoral College. And our colleagues are wrong when they tell Americans, as Congresswoman Pressley did just last week, that any individual seat at the table is only valuable, only legitimate if that person espouses some pre-approved set of beliefs deemed appropriate based on their religion, or their gender, or their race. When they say that, that is racist.
Watch video of Cheney’s remarks below:
Cheney’s comments were on point, and come at a crucial time when Republicans need to seize back control of the national narrative, rather than being on defense. It shouldn’t be too difficult to do, considering The Squad continue to be their own worst enemies.
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