Bernie Sanders and the Squad are getting kickback from moderate Democrats after suggesting most Americans want Socialism, while centrists blame far-left ideology on GOP gaining seats in 2020, and more top stories.
Sanders suggests majority of Americans want Socialism
During an interview over the weekend, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) suggested that Americans are in favor of moving toward socialism, Fox reported. Sanders tried to reframe the socialist agenda of progressive Democrats as not being “far left.”
“I sometimes find it amusing when our opponents talk about the far left agenda,” Sanders told CNN over the weekend. “The truth is that when you talk about raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour, when you’re talking about expanding health care to all people as a human right, when you talk about effectively taking on climate change, when you talk about making public colleges and universities tuition free, these are not far-left ideas.”
These are commonsense ideas that the majority of the American people support,” Sanders continued. “And we’re going to fight to make sure that they are implemented.”
“I fully expect that the Biden administration will be advocating those proposals that they agreed to,” Sanders added.
Omar says most Americans support Sanders’ socialist ideas
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is also pressuring Biden to move embrace progressive ideas, Daily Wire reported.
“A president is only as successful as his collaboration is with Congress and we will have a cohort of progressives that are very clear about their objectives for wanting the implementation of, you know, Medicare For All and a Green New Deal and raising the minimum wage and not allowing for fracking,” Omar said, adding that Biden should fill him go all of the cabinet positions” with progressive Democrats and claiming Americans want the policies espoused by Senator Bernie Sanders.
“We know at every single exit poll, you know, Medicare For All was 60%, 70%, 80% in some places throughout the primary,” Omar claimed. “And, you know, those were not only the places where Bernie was leading, they were places where Joe was leading.”
Moderate Democrats square off against AOC and the squad over socialist agenda
Moderates have been slamming the four progressive congresswomen known as the “squad,” which includes Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), all of whom were were reelected in 2020.
A number of Democrats have been speaking out against the squad and their agenda, blaming them for the loss of races for the House and Senate, due to their socialist agenda and messages such as “defund the police” and focus on issues such as the Green New Deal.
“Do we want to win, do we want to govern, or do we want to be internet celebrities?” Representative Hakeem Jefferies, House Democratic Caucus Chair, asked during a private call with fellow caucus members last week, Politico reported. Jefferies claims the “socialist” agenda has hurt the party and lost seats.
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) said progressives’ calls to “defund the police” were partially to blame for Democratic losses in the House in a cycle when the party was expected to gain seats, The Hill reported.
“I think the ability, using terms like ‘defund the police’ have led to Democratic losses in this last year,” Warner said. “I spent my time longer in business than I have in politics, so do I think socialism is the answer? No. But do I think modern American capitalism is working for enough people? I don’t believe that as well.”
Hispanic Democrats are also sounding off
“Defund police, open borders, socialism – it’s killing us,” Rep. Vincente Gonzalez, (D-TX), said on a call. “I had to fight to explain all that.”
AOC complains House lost its Democratic majority – it didn’t
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) expressed disappointment over Democrats losing their majority in the House – but they didn’t – although they saw their advantage shrink to its lowest margin in decades, from a 35-seat advantage to likely a 28-seat majority, Fox reported.
“So, you know, of course, the loss of the House majority is just extraordinarily upsetting to all of us,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It’s upsetting to all of us who are invested in having a Democratic majority so that we can expand health care, so that we can raise wages, so that we can protect working people.”
Oppositely, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took credit for holding the House for Democrats.
“I accept credit for winning the majority and holding the House,” Pelosi told reporters during a Capitol Hill press conference.