Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) spoke out on Monday to slam Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for blaming progressives for Democrats’ losses in last week’s election.
Ilhan Omar Slams Manchin
Manchin took to Twitter on Monday to share a clip from a video he did with Fox News about the ongoing tight Senate race in Georgia.
“Let me be clear: I will not vote to pack the courts & I will not vote to end the filibuster,” Manchin captioned the clip. “The U.S. Senate is the most deliberative body in the world. It was made so that we work together in a bipartisan way. If you get rid of the filibuster, there’s no reason to have a Senate.”
This did not sit well with Omar, however.
“Stop worrying about progressives, this might be the reason we don’t win the Senate races in Georgia,” she wrote in response. “Good grief.”
Stop worrying about progressives, this might be the reason we don’t win the Senate races in Georgia.
Good grief 🤦🏽♀️ https://t.co/r45ibpRs7K
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 10, 2020
AOC Attacks Democrats As Well
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Omar’s fellow “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has also been pushing back over the past few days at Democrats who have been blaming progressives over the past few days for their shrinking House majority.
“One thing I’ll say: for the last two years, I and progressive candidates have been unseating powerful Dem incumbents supported by DCCC,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted last week. “Not *once* has anyone in the party asked me what weaknesses I’ve found in their operation. If they stop blaming progressives, we can help.”
One thing I’ll say: for the last two years, I and progressive candidates have been unseating powerful Dem incumbents supported by DCCC.
Not *once* has anyone in the party asked me what weaknesses I’ve found in their operation.
If they stop blaming progressives, we can help.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 7, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez doubled down on this in a lengthy interview with the New York Times over the weekend.
“I’ve been begging the party to let me help them for two years,” she said. “That’s also the damn thing of it. I’ve been trying to help. Before the election, I offered to help every single swing district Democrat with their operation. And every single one of them, but five, refused my help.”
“And all five of the vulnerable or swing district people that I helped secured victory or are on a path to secure victory,” the congresswoman continued. “And every single one that rejected my help is losing. And now they’re blaming us for their loss.”
“So I need my colleagues to understand that we are not the enemy. And that their base is not the enemy,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “That the Movement for Black Lives is not the enemy, that Medicare for all is not the enemy. This isn’t even just about winning an argument. It’s that if they keep going after the wrong thing, I mean, they’re just setting up their own obsolescence.”
It seems that the rift between the moderate and progressive sides of the Democratic Party has never been wider. It remains to be seen how this will impact them going forward.
This piece was written by James Samson on November 10, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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