During the 2016 election cycle, a battle ensued between Republicans regarding whether an outsider like then-candidate Donald Trump or an establishment insider like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would secure the party’s nomination.
It was a conflict that ended swiftly, as the Trump train utterly flattened the establishment and led the GOP to sweeping victories across the nation.
Heading into the 2020 election, it’s Democrats who are experiencing extreme internal turmoil across multiple fronts, as they are now at odds over what direction the party needs to move in, according to The Hill.
As part of a seemingly endless feud, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — in a Wednesday interview with The Washington Post — accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “singling out” female representatives of color for their criticism of a border funding bill that passed last month.
That came after Pelosi told The New York Times that Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive allies have “their public whatever and their Twitter world,” adding that “they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
While the California Democrat is technically correct, the problem is that Ocasio-Cortez — along with Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — happen to have loud and obnoxious political voices.
All four, in fact, are masters at controlling the liberal news media’s daily narratives.
On Friday, the spat between House leadership and progressive members continued when Saikat Chakrabarti, a progressive activist who serves as chief of staff for Ocasio-Cortez, was called out for attacking Kansas Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids, who is Native American.
Chakrabarti tweeted last month that Davids, a regional whip for congressional Democrats, had voted in such a way that showed she was willing to “enable a racist system.”
But the official Twitter account for the House Democratic Caucus was not going to allow such comments to go unpunished.
In a tweet, House Democrats called Chakrabarti out.
The caucus wondered aloud why he’s “explicitly singling out a Native American woman of color” and demanded that he cease.
Who is this guy and why is he explicitly singling out a Native American woman of color?
Her name is Congresswoman Davids, not Sharice.
She is a phenomenal new member who flipped a red seat blue.
— House Democrats (@HouseDemocrats) July 13, 2019
Justice Democrats, a group fighting to put more socialists like Ocasio-Cortez in office, then called out the House Democrats’ Twitter post, furthering the divide between establishment liberals and far-left progressives.
“It’s deeply concerning and almost unbelievable that @HouseDemocrats leadership is focused on cracking down on progressives pushing the party to more aggressively address the crisis at the border camps instead of holding Trump accountable. Where are your priorities?” the group posted in a direct response to the House Democrats.
It’s deeply concerning and almost unbelievable that @HouseDemocrats leadership is focused on cracking down on progressives pushing the party to more aggressively address the crisis at the border camps instead of holding Trump accountable.
Where are your priorities? https://t.co/TPyr4TJeE6
— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) July 13, 2019
The scuffle comes weeks after Democratic presidential front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden was hammered on the debate stage by California Sen. Kamala Harris over some of his decades-old actions.
During the back-and-forth in the highly-viewed first round of Democratic primary debates, Harris said Biden’s comments about working with segregationist senators to reach compromises were “hurtful.”
She raised $2 million in the following 24 hours and earned a massive polling boost for her takedown of the otherwise untouchable Biden, according to CNBC.
“Sen. Harris is out of control,” Rep. A. Donald McEachin, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus who has endorsed Biden, told The Hill.
Plain and simple, the Democratic Party is not in a healthy place, and getting mired in the weeds of race and intersectionality will destroy its primary objective of taking down Trump and his conservative agenda in 2020.
While the 2020 presidential election is still quite a ways out, it’ll be here before they know it.
If Democratic House leadership can’t put a leash on the more radical elements of the party who seem to be at the nucleus of the turmoil, Americans on both sides of the political aisle will take notice. And Democrats will suffer at the ballot box as a result.
Regardless, I’d recommend conservatives grab a large bag of buttery popcorn and grab a comfortable seat, because the Democratic circus is going to be extremely fun to watch.
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