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In a Thursday morning email to their supporters, political action committee Justice Democrats proclaimed that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had specifically targeted their congressional members and that her “totally out-of-line lashing out at our squad continues.” Justice Democrats was founded in part by Saikat Chakrabarti, who is currently Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff. The PAC also endorses Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Raúl Grijalva, Ro Khanna, Ayanna Pressley, and Pramila Jayapal — together known to Justice Democrats as the “squad.”
The email, which came moments after Speaker Pelosi concluded a morning press conference, cited several instances in which Justice Democrats’ star congresswomen had been specifically singled out and shamed in recent days. The email continued, “In a closed door meeting yesterday, Pelosi singled out the squad and their staffers, telling them to stop ‘publicly attacking other members’ and not to ‘tweet about it.'”
The article goes on to state the following:
Of the feud between the squad and Pelosi, AOC told the Washington Post on Wednesday, “When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood … But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Justice Democrats doubled down on AOC’s condemnation saying in their email, “We cannot believe that Pelosi doesn’t realize how bad of a precedent this is. She’s singling out four new leaders who are progressive women of color, and are already under constant attack by Fox News, racists, and conservatives at large.” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said in a Tuesday night segment that Omar “has undisguised contempt for the United States and for its people” further claiming she was an ungrateful immigrant who serves as a warning that the U.S. Immigration system is broken. Omar responded the next day by calling Carlson a “racist fool.”
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“We’re too often afraid of our own values and sticking up for them, and I feel like we run away from our convictions too much. So one of the things that I wanted to do was to hold a strong line and redefine our values.” –@AOC on the state of the Democratic Party pic.twitter.com/P6stajaNBb
— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) July 11, 2019
Justice Democrats is Democratic Party-aligned 527 political action committee (PAC) that recruits & supports Democratic primary challengers to establishment Democrats of Congress. In 2018 it targeted 12 incumbent Democrats & defeated 10 term Rep. Crowley, who lost to socialist AOC pic.twitter.com/WRQNLfiJ4K
— Church Lady (@SoulWomen) July 11, 2019
— Naureen Akhter (@NaureenAkhter) July 10, 2019
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