Over the last two years, the Democrat party has, for the most part, banded together to resist Trump’s conservative agenda.
But “for the most part” is not enough for freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who seems terrified of giving up even an inch of ground. She is now threatening her fellow Democrats with a primary fight if they do not vote the party line on any piece of legislation put up for a vote.
Her warning came after 26 moderate Democrats surprisingly voted to add a Republican-backed amendment to the House Democrats’ gun control bill Wednesday. The bill, which is not expected to pass the Senate, institutes universal background checks, and the GOP amendment requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be notified if an illegal immigrant tries to buy a gun. For AOC, who wants ICE to be abolished, that was unacceptable.
In for a Fight
The fact that representatives are supposed to work for the people is apparently a history lesson AOC did not comprehend. Rather than allowing her fellow Democrats in office to represent the citizens of their state districts, Ocasio-Cortez put them on notice during a closed-door session last week.
If they vote for anything backed by Republicans, even if it benefits their constituents, AOC reportedly threatened to put them on a primary “list.” Her list is going to be filled with names the new Democrat party will go against in primaries rather than allow them to run unopposed next time they come up for re-election.
Stunningly, Nancy Pelosi went along with this confrontational stance, telling her fellow Democrats, “We are either a team or we’re not, and we have to make that decision.”
Several members of the Democrat party in Congress have already expressed their displeasure with the hard left push from Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez.
There are more than a dozen Democrats currently in Congress that represent more moderate districts, and they want to do what is best for their constituents, just as they are supposed to do.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Florida Democrat, is one of those that took exception. She stated, “It’s this class of members that got elected that are the reason we have the majority.
“Many of them come from these [moderate] districts, and their promise to their constituents was that they were going to put people over politics.”
Rep. Xochitl Torres Small from New Mexico also took exception to the new mandate. She too represents a more moderate base, so voting a hard left line is not in her best interests if she plans on staying in office.
But Democrat leadership has made it quite clear it is now party over people. That should be a terrifying thought to all Americans, not just conservatives.