House Democrat Says Trump ‘Politically Brilliant’ For Targeting ‘The Squad’
In the midst of intra-party fighting among Democrats, President Trump jumped in to bash “the Squad” for their anti-American rhetoric.
Some immediately thought the president had blundered, but in reality he succeeded in forcing the entire party to defend its most extreme members — Reps. Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan or Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
“The President won this one,” one Democratic lawmaker in the House told CNN. “What the President has done is politically brilliant. Pelosi was trying to marginalize these folks, and the President has now identified the entire party with them.”
Another Democrat said Trump outplayed them by setting the agenda.
“We need to focus on the issues that got [Democrats] here: jobs, health care … instead of the issues the President brings up deliberately. Anything that takes away from bread-and-butter issues is playing into his hands,” said the lawmaker.
Some Democrats are also increasingly frustrated with the four lawmakers, who have been front and center during a contentious fight over funding for the U.S.-Mexico border. Ocasio-Cortez claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was being racist as she snubbed “The Squad” and backed moderate Democrats. That led to fiery criticism from several of the four lawmakers, which has “annoyed” some Democrats.
“I can’t tell you the number of members who are angry and annoyed about them criticizing us,” said one House Democrat.
“Less than two weeks ago when members of our caucus were trying to support funds for children at the border,” progressives were arguing that “we’re pro-putting kids in cages, we’re against human rights. So there’s frustration,” said another House Democrat.