Message to Progressive Congresswomen
Fix Your Own Crime-Infested Countries
Pelosi will Work Out Free Travel Plans
Trump Accused of Racism
President Trump said on Twitter Sunday that a group of liberal lawmakers currently at odds with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” before arguing for how the U.S. should be governed.
Democrats immediately denounced the comments as racist, with Mrs. Pelosi calling them “xenophobic.” The four Democratic women at whom Mr. Trump apparently aimed his Twitter message are all minorities; just one was born outside the U.S.
Trump's Tweet storm was aimed at Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. All were born in the U.S. except for Ms. Omar, who was born in Somalia and came to the U.S. as a child.
Mrs. Pelosi has tried to corral liberal members of her caucus with those closer to the center, arguing the party is stronger voting as a bloc. The four progressive women have argued that Democrats need to be pushing bigger ideas. While the women have had little success in affecting actual legislation, they hold significant sway among party activists, and their voices have already influenced the presidential debate.
Public Feud as Democrats Attack Each Other
Tensions are already high as speaker Pelosi has resisted efforts of the radicals to push policy to the extreme left. The result was a Feud Among House Democrats on Public Display.
Acrimony among House Democrats continued to flare on public display into the weekend, despite efforts by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to keep discord between Democratic leadership and more progressive members private.
Mrs. Pelosi (D., Calif.) this week had urged Democratic lawmakers not to make grievances with each other public, telling her caucus in a closed-door meeting to avoid criticizing each on Twitter. But on Friday night, the House Democrats’ official Twitter account extended a continuing spat over the party’s policy direction by criticizing a top aide to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), a progressive star who has tried to push House leaders to the political left during her first months in Congress.
Progressives Boo Pelosi
At a gathering of progressive activists called Netroots Nation in Philadelphia on Friday, the crowd booed Mrs. Pelosi a few times during a panel discussion on the obstacles progressives face in Congress.
Border Funding and Racial Issues
Some of this stems from a border funding bill that Pelosi helped pass with more Republican than Democrat votes.
Race has become a flashpoint in the growing dispute between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a quartet of liberal freshmen lawmakers, again pitting Democratic members against each other in starkly personal terms.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) told the Washington Post that she felt Mrs. Pelosi was persistently singling out “newly elected women of color” and the speaker’s comments were disrespectful. The remarks drew fire on Thursday from fellow members of color in the caucus.
“What a weak argument,” Rep. William Lacy Clay (D., Mo.), who is African-American, said of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez invoking race. “Because you can’t get your way, and because you are getting pushback, you resort to using the race card. Unbelievable.”
Pelosi Stands Up to AOC
Say what you want of Nancy Pelosi's policies, she is at least smart enough to understand that AOC is too radical for the good of the Democratic party.
Pelosi had to do something.
In response, AOC accused Pelosi of being a racist. What a hoot.
The Washington Post reports Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), an African-American freshman lawmaker said the party doesn’t need “any more black faces that don’t want to be a black voice” during a speech at the liberal Netroots Nation conference where she, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) appeared after a week-long clash with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her allies.
Excuse me for asking but why isn't this black racism?
Imagine the outrage if someone said "white faces need to represent a white voice".
AOC is so far left on climate, on race-baiting, on free money, etc., that Pelosi has to rein AOC in.
It should be increasingly clear that AOC is every bit the bully that Trump is, and a racist to boot, she just does not have any power.
Importantly, no matter what you think of his tactics, Trump is clearly the winner in this feud.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock