As the Republican Party becomes ever more Trump, the Democrats continue their steady march towards socialism:
House Democrats exploded in recriminations Thursday over moderates bucking the party, with liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatening to put those voting with Republicans “on a list” for a primary challenge.
In a closed-door session, a frustrated Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., lashed out at about two dozen moderates and pressured them to get on board. “We are either a team or we’re not, and we have to make that decision,” Pelosi said, according to two people present but not authorized to discuss the remarks publicly.
But Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the unquestioned media superstar of the freshman class, upped the ante, admonishing the moderates and indicating that she would help liberal activists unseat them in the 2020 election.
Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said she told her colleagues that Democrats who side with Republicans “are putting themselves on a list.”“She said that when activists ask her why she had to vote for a gun safety bill that also further empowers an agency that forcibly injects kids with psychotropic drugs, they’re going to want a list of names and she’s going to give it to them,” Trent said, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Triggering the blowup was Wednesday’s votes on a bill to expand federal background checks for gun purchases. Twenty-six moderate Democrats joined Republicans in amending the legislation, adding a provision requiring that ICE be notified if an undocumented immigrant seeks to purchase a gun.
That infuriated liberals who have railed against ICE’s role in conducting mass deportations and embarrassed Democratic leaders who couldn’t keep their members in line on a high-profile bill.
The Washington Post’s description of AOC as “liberal” is a delight all in itself, since the Millennial superstar has been a member of Democratic Socialist of America, the political descendant of the old Socialist Party, and is a proud, self-proclaimed socialist. What does a girl have to do around the media to be called what she is? Particularly since, as becomes of a socialist, and having only just gotten into the Congress, AOC is already preparing to purge the right-wing deviationists, who in the previous, happier times used to be known as mainstream Democrats.
While the party’s left wing has gotten outsize attention for its aggressive moves to push Democrats in that direction, the splinter faction is made up of the party’s moderates – many of them freshmen taking their first congressional votes.
They insist that they are not going to be dissuaded from voting with their districts, and many are warning that majority control is at stake.
“It’s this class of members that got elected that are the reason we have the majority,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., a co-chairwoman of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition. “Many of them come from these (moderate) districts, and their promise to their constituents was that they were going to put people over politics.”
Inside the Democratic meeting, one of those freshmen – Rep. Xochitl Torres Small. D-N.M. – reacted sharply to Ocasio-Cortez’s comments and rose to urge her colleagues to respect the political reality of representing a swing district, according to people present. A spokesman for Torres Small did not respond to a request for comment.
Will Cortez’s conquista of the Democrat Party from the imperial heartland of New York ends up destroying Xochitl’s Aztec Empire in New Mexico? Will the peaceful Democrats be sacrificed as part of the Green New Deal to appease the Earth goddess? Will the world really end in 12 years as the Mayan calendar of AOC prophesises? Stay tuned.