Far-left Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s planned response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night is not going over well with some her fellow Democrats.
The episode is an illustration of a deep divide between moderate Democrats and the far-left progressive wing of the Democrat Party, best expressed by the so-called ‘Squad.’ And it is the last thing many Democrats know they need ahead of a midterm election that is expected to be ugly for Democrats.
This is an unmitigated disaster for Democrats before the midterms.https://t.co/P1O4BnfWKV
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) February 28, 2022
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Stealing Biden’s Thunder
Last week, I wrote about Tlaib’s planned response on behalf of a left-wing party called the Working Families Party.
She’s expected to trash moderate Democrats as “corporate Democrats” who are standing in the way of massive spending binges and major policy changes.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) did not mince words during an interview with Axios when he condemned Tlaib’s actions, saying, “It’s like keying your own car and slashing your own tires.”
Moderate Democrats like Gottheimer want the evening of Biden’s first State of the Union speech to be his, so that he can list what he believes to be his accomplishments.
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Gottheimer believes that the State of the Union does not provide a forum for Democrats to vent their dirty laundry. Gottheimer claims,
“It’s massively counterproductive. This only highlights the real tension between the socialist far left and the common-sense moderate wing, which is focused on crime, costs, tax cuts and affordability, and turning the page on COVID.”
Rashida Tlaib responding to Biden’s SOTU addresses? Democrat Civil War
— Very Swell Nice Guy (@SavageNeverDies) March 1, 2022
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Democrats Figuring Out ‘Squad Politics’ Not A Winning Strategy
Once the darlings of the party, Democrats are waking up to the realization that the priorities of the Squad and the rest of the far left – like defunding the police, renaming schools that are named after Americans like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln based on modern day “woke” ideology, and the tearing down of historical statues – are not the priorities of average Americans.
This will be a big problem for moderate Democrats in November.
It’s the ‘defund the police’ movement that has moderate Democrats the most jittery. In February, Rep. Richie Torres (D-NY) declared to MSNBC that defund the police was “dead.”
Torres stated that he agrees with Eric Adams, the New York City Mayor, that police defunding does not work.
“I agree with the Mayor. “I agree with the Mayor. And any elected official who is advocating for the abolition or even the defunding of police is out of touch with reality and should not be taken seriously.”
Last Spring, in the wake of the shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota, Tlaib again called for, “no more policing, incarceration, and militarization.” However, House Majority Whip James Clyburn slapped back Tlaib’s comments and said that the U.S. has “got to have police officers.”
Biden seemed to me the greatest unifier. To his SOTU speech, there will be two replies from Biden’s own party. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democratic-Miami Representative will respond with a progressive answer. Rep. Colin Allred (D–TX) will provide one for the Black Caucus! It’s too hilarious!
— Rickie Weiner (@rickielaw) March 1, 2022
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Far Left Group Speaker Tlaib
Rashida Talib almost seems to be trying to undermine her party. Not only by giving a progressive response to Biden’s speech, but she is doing it on behalf of a far left group called the Working Families Party.
Working Families also supports defunding police as well as other far left agenda items, such universal child care or health.
Additionally, they are supporting Tlaib’s candidacy for Congress.
In addition to Tlaib’s response, Joe Biden, who in his inaugural address said he wanted to heal a divided nation, Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX) will give a response on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Moderate Dems: We’ll be killed in the midterms. Perhaps we should raise it a little.
Progressives: Hold my beer.https://t.co/U7UoA3VjYa
— Hammer Down Firearms (@hd_firearms) February 23, 2022