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Brutal: Ocasio-Cortez And Her Crew Are Defining And Trashing The Democratic Party

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President Trump went after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her crew over the weekend. He pretty much said if they don’t like it here in America, they could leave. I couldn’t care less. This so-called “Squad,” or Leninist Girl Scout Troop from Hell, has been taking swipes with the Democratic leadership for weeks. AOC and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi don’t even talk to one another. It’s nasty. A full-blown Democratic civil war was brewing. I know that’s said a lot on both sides, but this could have been a true ‘going to the mattresses’ moment. And then Trump inserted himself, drawing the attention towards him and not the left wing blood sports that had been occurring on the Hill ever since Pelosi and moderate House Democrats pushed through the Senate border package, which was loathed by the far left. At their presser yesterday, it seemed that both wings had united and decided not to take the bait, only for these four horsewomen of the apocalypse to do just that—take the bait. This call for unity won’t stand. It cannot.

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), who is the more low-profile of this crew drew the battle lines at Netroots Nation over the weekend: those black and Hispanic lawmakers who side with Speaker Pelosi are pretty much race traitors. Their agenda and Pelosi simply do not mesh. They will come to blows again soon. After all, the border situation still isn’t resolved and there is no doubt the Department of Homeland Security will need more money to deal with the overcrowding at the detention facilities, another problem exacerbated by Democratic intransigence on working with the Trump White House. And the president knows that retaking the House would be a positive step towards alleviating this crisis and accomplishing the rest of his agenda. 

AOC’s “Squad” could actually be helping in accomplishing that end, as new polling shows this crew, their agenda, and their message is overwhelmingly unpopular. With more media exposure, they’re defining the larger Democratic Party with voters in swing House districts. It’s a downright bloodbath. So, maybe kicking the hornet’s nest was necessary. You know these four won’t be able to hold their tongue. They couldn’t. Axios had the figures and if you’re a supporter of these far left clowns—well, they’re the gift that keeps on giving for the GOP:

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"If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk," said a top Democrat who is involved in 2020 congressional races. "[S]he's getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races."

The poll — taken in May, before Speaker Pelosi's latest run-in with AOC and the three other liberal House freshmen known as "The Squad" — included 1,003 likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college education.

These are the "white, non-college voters" who embraced Donald Trump in 2016 but are needed by Democrats in swing House districts.

The group that took the poll shared the results with Axios on the condition that it not be named, because the group has to work with all parts of the party.

The findings:

Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view.

Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view. 

Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%.

Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.

"Socialism is toxic to these voters," said the top Democrat.

So, keep talking ladies. No one is stopping you. 

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