The far left’s frustration with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on the rise, as liberal advocates and lawmakers fume that she hasn’t done enough to defend freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from attacks by President Donald Trump and other Republicans and has undermined their policies and leaders, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
The Liberal Left is so Liberal these days that Nancy Pelosi looks like a Conservative compared to her Socialist Democrat party members. Tensions recently came to a head over a perceived weakness on her part for not defending Ilhan Omar’s indefensible 9/11 comments saying that the 19 Muslim hijackers who killed 2,996 people were just “some people who did some thing‘. That’s a lot of dead people for “some thing”.
I’m happy to see the Democrats eating their own tail, it will save Trump the trouble in 2020. Chomp, chomp, Libs!
Liberals’ frustration with Pelosi rises over her response to Omar dispute
FROM SF GATE: Omar’s allies over the weekend were upset by what they viewed as Pelosi’s delayed response in standing up for one of the two Muslim women in Congress after Trump accused Omar of playing down the tragedy of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Pelosi, whose initial statement criticizing Trump made no mention of Omar, said Monday that it was “beneath the dignity of the Oval Office” for Trump to have shared a video on Twitter of Omar spliced with footage of the burning twin towers.
But liberals seethed that Pelosi (California) and Democratic leaders did too little, too late. They were equally baffled by Pelosi’s quip seeming to dismiss Ocasio-Cortez during a CBS “60 Minutes” interview Sunday, suggesting her “wing” of the party included “like five people.”
“What we’re seeing here is old-guard leadership trying to marginalize some of the big change agents who were elected in 2018 because they’re afraid of what it means to their leadership in the future,” said Charles Chamberlain, chair of the liberal group Democracy for America.
Using Pelosi’s oft-repeated phrase – “Diversity is our strength and unity is our power” – Chamberlain said that when the speaker “tries to marginalize some of the newest leaders who are fighting hard . . . it’s not a good look and it’s not a smart strategy.”
The tensions underscore Democrats’ struggle to discern the best way to respond to Trump and the GOP’s attacks on their far-left flank, criticism frequently centered on women of color. The president has made Omar and Ocasio-Cortez favorite foils, accusing all Democrats of becoming “socialists” like Ocasio-Cortez or “anti-Israel,” as Omar frequently criticizes Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians.
Pelosi, eager to protect her newfound majority and looking ahead to the 2020 elections, has made it a point to put distance between her party and the policies espoused by some of her new, liberal members, including both women. Republicans have tried to use the liberal policy initiatives against all Democrats. Pelosi purposely has cast the proposals as aspirational, telling The Washington Post she was “agnostic” about Medicare-for-all compared with the 2010 Affordable Care Act, and calling Ocasio-Cortez’s environmental Green New Deal “the green dream.”
On Sunday, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., the other Muslim congresswoman, went so far as to accuse the Democratic leadership of using people of color to highlight diversity but ignoring them when it mattered – though she did not name Pelosi in the missive.
“They put us in photos when they want to show our party is diverse,” Tlaib wrote, retweeting messages claiming Democrats used women of color as “props.” “However, when we ask to be at the table, or speak up about issues that impact who we are, what we fight for & why we ran in the first place, we are ignored. To truly honor our diversity is to never silence us.”
Earlier this year, Pelosi appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with Tlaib, Omar, Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn.
Over the weekend, more than 200 outside groups signed onto a letter of support for Omar. One reason, said several group leaders who signed, was to show Pelosi and her leadership team that it was acceptable to defend Omar.
“People are just frustrated with how weak the Democratic Party leadership’s response has been on this,” said Waleed Shahid, spokesman for the liberal group Justice Democrats that has talked about challenging Democratic incumbents. “The response has been so tepid and lackluster. . . . They seem to be running away from it because they’re afraid of controversy and conflict.” READ MORE
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