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Members of the “Squad” — Democrat freshmen lawmakers Reps. Ilhan Omar (ME), Ayanna Pressley (MA), and Rashida Tlaib (MI) — criticized House Democrat leadership, President Trump — and in Omar’s case, America, during a weekend conference for progressive activists.
Squad leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) was not there, but that did not stop the other members from weighing on an ongoing fight between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez.
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Their remarks came after Pelosi last week called for Democrats to stop tweeting, after Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff compared moderate House Democrats to pro-segregationist lawmakers on Twitter, and minimized the “squad’s” impact as “four people.” Ocasio-Cortez then accused Pelosi of “singling out” newly elected women of color,” prompting a black House Democrat to accuse her of playing the “race card.” On Friday night, the House Democrats’ official Twitter account blasted Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff.
Omar, while on a panel with Pressley, Tlaib, and fellow House Democrat Deb Haaland (NM), seemed to chastise Pelosi.
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“We recognize every single person in Congress has a role. Our role is to take our votes, leadership’s role is to wrangle votes. And so when everybody understands what their role is, then everybody succeeds,” Omar said, according to a video of the panel posted on YouTube.
“But there’s a constant struggle often times with people who have power, about sharing that power. And we are not really in the business of asking for the share of that power. We’re in the business of trying to grab that power and return it to the people.”
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Pressley also hit back at fellow Democrats, according to Mother Jones.
“We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice,” Pressley said. “We don’t need anymore black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need any more Muslim faces who...
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