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Video: Lindsey Graham Explains How the Pelosi vs. AOC Feud Helps Put the House in Play for Republicans in 2020

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks on the Sean Hannity show – 7/11/19. Screen grab via Fox News.

With the post-Independence Day fireworks going on between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA), her Congressional Black Caucus allies, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), some may be wondering just how much or even if the public Democratic infighting could give Republicans a better chance of winning the House back in 2020.

During a segment of Sean Hannity’s show Thursday on Fox News, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argued that it greatly increases the odds of a Republican takeover of the House in 2020 – and that the friendly-fire feuding was not the only reason for that increase in odds:

GRAHAM: So, what does this really mean? I think Republicans are more likely to take the House back because of this breakdown, because there are 31 Democrats that hold congressional seats where President Trump won their congressional district.

What does it mean to these 31? If you cross a AOC and the Fab 4, you’re going to get a primary, and if you vote with them you’re going to lose in the general election. So the biggest beneficiary of this will be the Republican Party and President Trump, because the policies these four people are pushing or so out of the mainstream.

But if you’re one of these 31 Democrats, Sean, you got to pick between the energy of the Fab 4 and the practicality of Nancy Pelosi, you’re in a no- win situation.

When asked by Hannity if President Trump should be a “happy guy tonight” in the midst of the Democratic squabbling and the party’s march even further leftward, Graham offered up this advice for the President:

GRAHAM: Literally. Mr. President if you’re watching tonight, just enjoy this. Be quiet. Because here’s what there saying, they’re going to decriminalize crossing the border illegally. And once you get here they’ll give you free health care.

How many people in the world, do you think, will take us up on the offer, come to America there’s no more criminal liability and when you get here we will give you free health care. This is insane. You know it’s insane.

Watch video of the segment between Hannity and Graham below:

How many of those 31 seats do Republicans need to win to take back the House? Roll Call explains:

On paper, the path back to 218 may look simple for Team GOP because it winds through favorable territory. There are 31 Democrats who currently represent districts that President Donald Trump carried in 2016, and Republicans need to gain 18 or 19 seats to regain House control (depending on the outcome in North Carolina’s 9th District).

But the initial battleground of competitive races is mixed.

The current party breakdown in the House looks like this: 197 Republicans, 235 Democrats, 1 Independent and 2 vacancies (North Carolina’s 3rd and 9th Districts, which will be decided on Sept. 10th).

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Turns out, Trump didn’t give up on counting both legal and illegal US residents

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You’ve probably heard a lot overnight about President Trump backing down on trying to get a citizenship question on the census questionnaire next year.

Perhaps you too were surprised that this president who takes on even meaningless slights or disagreements on Twitter would give up so easily. He didn’t.

The rest of the day’s story is somewhat different: Trump says he’s devised another path to the same information, which isn’t certain to be tied up for months with obstructionist lawsuits. And Attorney General William Barr is vocally backing him up. Makes it less of a backdown in his eyes.

“Today,” Trump declared at a White House event with Barr, “I’m here to say we are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population.”

Trump and his Commerce Department have been in a long legal and political fight to put the citizenship question back on the Census questionnaire that was dropped after 2010. The census results are crucial to apportioning members in the House e very 10 years and billions of dollars in federal monies.

Democrats oppose the question in part because Trump wants  it but also they say it will discourage minority participation. Democrats wouldn’t mid beefed up census n umbers in urban areas.

Trump:

As shocking as it may be, far-left Democrats in our country are determined to conceal the number of illegal aliens in our midst.  They probably know the number is far greater, much higher than anyone would have believed before.

Trump noted the Supreme Court recently affirmed the administration’s right to ask the question, but sought further explanations, which would have ignited further lawsuits.

The president added:

Knowing this information is vital to formulating sound public policy, whether the issue is healthcare, education, civil rights, or immigration.  We must have a reliable count of how many citizens, non-citizens, and illegal aliens are in our country.

Recent polls indicate a substantial majority of Americans agree with Trump — 60 percent in a Hill-HarrisX survey said the Census Bureau should ask the citizenship question even if it results in fewer responses. Twenty-one percent said the question should not be included and 19 percent were unsure.

So, the president issued one of his favored Executive Orders to eliminate long-standing obstacles to federal agencies sharing data.

I’m hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide the Department of Commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and non-citizens in our country.  They must furnish all legally accessible records in their possession immediately.

We will utilize these vast federal databases to gain a full, complete, and accurate count of the non-citizen population, including databases maintained by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.

Trump noted that Census had said given the vast amount of population data available it could accurately estimate the U.S. citizenship about 90 percent.

Barr concurred:

Today’s executive order…will ensure that we finally have an accurate understanding of how many citizens and non-citizens live in our country.

Put that in 280 characters and tweet it.

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CNN Reporter Challenges Sebastian Gorka to a Fight at the White House, Media Selectively Edits the Video

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There was a wild scene in the Rose Garden yesterday at the White House.

After Trump gave his remarks on the census backdown following his much ballyhooed social media summit, one CNN and Playboy “reporter” decided to act out in a ridiculous manner by heckling the crowd and challenging Sebastian Gorka to a fight.

That reporter is Brian Karem, who you may remember from just a few months ago after he pushed false accusations that Trump was holding a blank sheet of paper while touting his Mexico deal (which turned out to be very real). As you can tell, he’s a really credible journalist and all that. CNN only hires the best.

Yesterday’s incident was initially reported in the media and by anti-Trump figures exactly as you’d expect. Namely, they selectively edited the video and blamed the wrong side for starting the altercation. Sound familiar?

I can’t imagine why the media has almost no credibly with most Americans these days. So what really happened?

It turns out Karem, who presents himself with all the vigor of a disheveled drunk in the video, started the entire thing by heckling the crowd with the accusation that they were “eager for demonic possession.” When Gorka confronted his out of line comments, Karem then responded to Gorka by saying “we can go outside and have a long conversation,” which to anyone not being purposely obtuse is clearly a challenge to a fight.

Here’s the full, in context video.

There were some NeverTrump figures on Twitter actually trying to make the argument that a grown man in a heated exchange telling another man “we can go outside and have a long conversation” in a snarky, hostile tone was not actually asking to fight. You see, Karem just wanted to go do an interview or something.

Others also shared the deceptively edited video much in the same way they rushed to share the Covington Catholic kids video. Those were accompanied with the typical “look what Trump has turned the White House into” snark when in reality it was Karem, the supposed journalist, who started the entire thing.

I get that some conservative commentators don’t like Donald Trump and Sebastian Gorka. That’s fine, but it’s not an excuse to stick your fingers in your ears and pretend the sky isn’t blue. Karem was trying to play tough guy and it blew up in his face after someone actually called him on his nonsense.

These are the kinds of people CNN employ. They aren’t journalists. They are hacks and cowards. Karem was content to heckle the crowd from the safety of his rope line but when someone actually took him up on his challenge, he folded like the cheap suit he’s seen wearing.

I’ll note that Brian Stelter, who’s job is to critique the media, and CNN haven’t condemned Karem’s behavior. Try to imagine the outrage they’d be spewing if a Fox News reporter heckled a crowd and challenged someone to a fight during the Obama administration. But because CNN is simply a dumpster fire at this point, they’ll either say nothing or defend Karem.

Luckily, Jim Hanson (who produced the full, in context video linked above) was there to film the thing in its full context or many might still be lying right now about what really happened.

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Trump: Pelosi’s not a racist and AOC is being “very disrespectful” to her

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This is King Troll at his best. Good luck to House Dems in trying to figure out whom they should side with now that the most hated Republican in the country has joined Team Nancy.

Trump told reporters outside the White House that Ocasio-Cortez is “being very disrespectful to somebody who’s been there a long time.”

Ocasio-Cortez “should treat Nancy Pelosi with respect,” he added.

The president added that Pelosi is “not a racist,” though Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday that the Speaker is “absolutely not” racist. The progressive freshman lawmaker accused Pelosi of “singling out … newly elected women of color” for criticism, continuing a feud that has highlighted divides within the party.

I don’t know if he’s being strategic there or just giving his honest (and correct) opinion but Team AOC will inevitably try to hold Trump’s endorsement against Pelosi. Which means another day of civil war.

Which means another day of fun for all of us.

Trump’s endorsement of Pelosi in the spat with AOC might not be the newsiest one out there today. This one’s more interesting:

During an appearance on the New York-based radio show “The Breakfast Club,” [Kamala] Harris was asked about Ocasio-Cortez’s assertion in a Washington Post interview that Pelosi had been “just outright disrespectful” with “the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

“That’s not my experience with Nancy Pelosi,” said Harris, a Democratic presidential primary hopeful. “And I’ve known her and worked with her for years. I’ve known her to be very respectful of women of color and very supportive of them.

What’s Harris’s angle there? She’s competing for progressive votes in the presidential primary; siding with Pelosi against Ocasio-Cortez isn’t going to help her with that. But (a) Harris is banking big on California to hand her a win and Pelosi has a lot of friends in California and (b) as Ed noted earlier, black Democrats in Congress seem firmly Team Nancy in this dispute. Harris is eager to pile up endorsements from black legislators in hopes of winning over black voters from Biden. If the Congressional Black Caucus is siding with Pelosi then Harris is siding with Pelosi.

Although … why is the Congressional Black Caucus siding with Pelosi? They’re pretty progressive, as Ed noted! You would think they’d at least be ambivalent between Nancy and Ocasio-Cortez, particularly when the latter’s alleging bias against minorities by political leaders. Instead some of the rhetoric being aimed at AOC by Pelosi’s allies is — well, just read this. Hoo boy.

“She’s only a woman of color when it’s convenient. None of the things she’s fought for aligned with communities of color and her group is funded only by elitist white liberals; she’s a puppet,” the top Democratic aide told The Hill in a phone call.

The aide then texted an image of a Goomba puppet from the Super Mario Bros. video game.

“I can’t tell you how pissed off people are” about the Justice Democrats, the aide added. “All these CBC members feel like they are under siege. But it’s offensive that these elitist white liberals feel like they can undermine the foundation of our party,” African American voters.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, tool of the white man. It’s absolutely true, though, that the vanguard of woke leftism is composed mainly of white intellectuals, not working-class people of color. And it’s also true, per the last sentence in that excerpt, that some black Democrats in Congress (and many white Democrats too) resent that the Justice Democrats PAC that backs AOC is also angling to recruit primary challengers to them. Rep. Lacy Clay went as far as to compare Justice Democrats to “Russian trolls of 2016” in working to divide the party. Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama, who’s black and part of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, scolded them by reminding them that she experienced segregation firsthand as a kid and doesn’t need any lectures from the left about what’s good for women of color.

On top of all that, many black legislators have been friendly with Pelosi for decades. If AOC was planning to start flinging sh*t at Pelosi over racism, it would have behooved her to invest more time making friends with senior minority leaders in her caucus and, for starters, to ask the Justice Democrats to keep their hands off of primaries in seats held by black incumbents. Instead she went in there with a storm-the-ramparts-change-the-world attitude, which the 20 percent of the party that’s hard-left loves and which everyone else finds alienating. Although I doubt she cares: Like any ideologue with a safe seat whose main avenue for influencing their party is media, not legislation, it’s good for her to be treated as a pariah by her leadership. Saints are always shunned for their virtue by the pharisees around them. She’ll wear their scorn like a halo to impress populist dummies.

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Tucker Carlson: There’s a Greater Admissions Scandal at America’s Universities, and It Involves Prominent Democrats

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You’ve most likely heard of the bribery/university enrollment controversy involving some of Hollywood’s recognizable faces (here and here). But earlier this week, FNC’s Tucker Carlson observed that the greater admissions scandal involves prominent Democrats.

Against a backdrop of Chris Cuomo working out, Tucker asked how the CNN star — who “can barely speak English” — got into Yale.

“There are nights when Cuomo emits entire paragraphs that mean nothing at all. Just pure gibberish. Like pig latin or dogs barking.”

Who’s Chris? He’s the dude who put down prayer and the prayerful (here). Additionally, he’s the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed allowance for the murder of infants just seconds before birth (here) and claimed that America “was never great” (here).

The Fox host pondered:

“Is Chris Cuomo a secret genius? Does he have some amazing talent that’s invisible on TV? Maybe he speaks flawless Urdu? Or has a deep grounding in particle physics? Or can calculate pi to the final digit?. Actually, no — Chris Cuomo can’t do any of that. It turns out that he has an even more impressive qualification: His father was the governor of New York. If you want to get into a top American college, it’s best to have a parent who’s a well-known Democratic politician. That’s the most effective credential of all.”



Tucker’s list of the politically privileged whose offspring all got into exclusive schools included the following:

Bill and Hillary Clinton
Bill de Blasio (“the incompetent mayor of New York City”)
Sen. Michael Bennet
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
Sen. Bob Menendez
Sen. Chuck Schumer
Barack Obama

Subsequently, Tucker fingered the “sham” of earned access among the Democratic elite:

“How does this happen? Because our meritocracy is a sham. It’s fake. They tell you that only the most accomplished students get into these schools. They’re lying. Their friends’ kids get first dibs. Fellow members of their social circle. Kids whose families can help them down the road. The children of sympathetic politicians are an obvious priority for admissions officers. These are the same politicians who funnel many billions in tax dollars to colleges and universities every year. Letting a senator’s kid into Harvard is smart business. The quid quo pro is obvious. It’s a form of unregulated lobbying.”

Interesting point. It reminds me of a response I heard when the Tinseltown admissions story first broke — “Why didn’t they just do like all the other rich and famous parents: make a donation and bribe the school that way?”

With the more conventional method, as noted by the cable king, no one ends up in the slammer:

Remember the varsity blues scandal in California, where a group of socially-anxious soccer moms tried to game college admissions? This is far more corrupt, except nobody’s going to prison for it.”

Tucker sure knows how to get across a message.

Watch him go in the video above.

-ALEX

 

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Payback Time: The Congressional Black Caucus Plays the Race Card Against … AOC and the Justice Democrats

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The Congressional Black Caucus has just seriously raised the stakes in the escalating war of words between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY).

On Thursday, I wrote about how the freshman Congresswoman all but played the race card against Pelosi during an interview with the Washington Post on Wednesday, but then walked her comments back on the next day. Here’s a brief recap for those who missed it:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of repeatedly singling out newly elected women of color in the House, saying that the veteran congresswoman’s criticism has become “outright disrespectful.”

[…]

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Post.

“But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,” she added.

Less than 12 hours later, AOC said she did not believe Pelosi had racist motivations in targeting the Freshman Four:

To add to the backstory on all of this, Bonchie wrote last night about how Congressional Black Caucus member William Lacy Clay (MO) absolutely blasted AOC over her use of the race card against Pelosi, and also took a swipe at her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti:

“What a weak argument, because you can’t get your way and because you’re getting pushback you resort to using the race card? Unbelievable. That’s unbelievable to me,” Clay said. “I could care less. I could really care less. I agree with the Speaker. Four people, four votes out of 240 people, who cares.”

[…]

The Missouri Democrat also described Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and the progressive group Justice Democrats as “juvenile” and “ignorant.”

The Justice Democrats have endorsed a progressive primary challenger against Clay and other centrist Democrats. Chakrabarti last week sent out a tweet comparing centrist Democrats to “new Southern Democrats” that “certainly seem hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.”

“It shows you how ignorant and little history [Chakrabarti] knows, how ignorant he is to American history. How dare he,” Clay said.

In the latest development in this dramatic saga, the Congressional Black Caucus has decided to remind AOC that when it comes to playing the race card, no one can do it better than they can:

Congressional Black Caucus members are furious at Justice Democrats, accusing the outside progressive group aligned with firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) of trying to oust lawmakers of color, specifically African American lawmakers.

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“It just seems strange that the social Democrats seem to be targeting members of the Congressional Black Caucus, individuals who have stood and fought to make sure that African Americans are included and part of this process,” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), a senior CBC member, told The Hill.

“I don’t know what that agenda is, but if they want to come after members of the Black Caucus, it’s two ways,” warned Meeks, the Queens Democratic Party boss who clashed with Justice Democrats in a local district attorney race last month.

Indeed, sir. Indeed.

Perhaps the best thing to come out of this outside of the utter schadenfreude many of us are experiencing over seeing Democrats hoist each other by their own petards is the fact that AOC’s Twitter feed has gone silent today. That’s not likely to last, but still – we must be thankful for even the smallest of favors these days…

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The First Scalp Is Claimed In the Epstein Scandal As Labor Secretary Alex Acosta Bows Out

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Secretary of the US Department of Labor Alex Acosta has submitted his resignation. Fair or not, this was little short of inevitable.

His role as the federal prosecutor in the the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein that resulted in a laughable sentence was difficult to defend and his press conference was not a confidence builder.

From what we know at this point a) the Palm Beach District Attorney was hot to trot to prosecute the case until the county sheriff revealed the target was a major Democrat donor, b) a grand jury returned very few charges, c) the Department of Justice headquarters was deeply enmeshed in the case, and d) Acosta appears to be more of a messenger boy than a decision maker. While I don’t think Acosta did a good job at his press conference, I don’t think anyone forced to defend legal decisions negotiated between multiple parties that resulted in a pedophile getting away with it could do much better. Be that as it may, Acosta’s departure is for the best as it, at least, removes the only prominent Republican, other than Trump, involved in the whole episode.

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Amazon Tries To Sandbag the New Book On the Kavanaugh Nomination

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Last week a book on the Kavanaugh nomination titled Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court authored by The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway and Judicial Crisis Network Policy Director Carrie Severino debuted at #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list. This is a pretty stunning accomplishment for a book from a minor press (full disclosure Regnery Publishing is owned by Salem Media Group which also owns RedState, and I know The Federalist publisher Sean Davis and consider him a friend) by relatively unknown authors.

Since then some amazing things have happened. No one in the media was interested. CBS was offered an exclusive and passed. None of the media that drooled over the fanciful book that alleged Trump had raped a gossip columnist in department store dressing room have shown any interest in the in-depth reporting by Hemingway and Severino. In fact, other than Fox, Hemingway and Severino have not received any interview offers from traditional print and electronic media.

That’s fair enough. The media can book whomever they wish and if they would rather feature an obvious assclown rather than responsible journalists, that’s their call and no one is shocked at their choice.

But there is something else going on. Amazon is trying to step on a book that it is selling. This from Sean Davis:

Amazon is refusing to publish many reviews and ratings of the No. 1 best-selling “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court,” according to multiple reports from readers who purchased the book directly from Amazon.

The behind-the-scenes dive into the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which was written by Carrie Severino and The Federalist’s Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway, debuted at No. 1 on Amazon’s list of best-selling books.

The Federalist independently confirmed that many reviews by verified purchasers of “Justice on Trial” were not being published by Amazon. Some fake reviews from non-purchasers and reviews from those who clearly had not read the book, however, were published immediately. As of Wednesday evening, the online retailer had allowed only 16 reviews of the top-selling book to be published.

One reviewer whose critique was published by Amazon accused the authors of “stay[ing] away from using the term rape” regarding unsubstantiated accusations of sexual assault made against Kavanaugh during the confirmation process in 2018. A word search of the Kindle version of the book shows that the term was used 41 times by the authors. Another review, from an individual who did not purchase the book from Amazon, wrote that it was the “[w]orst book ever” and rated the book with one star.

The Seattle-based retail giant has a history of manipulating reviews and ratings for high-profile political books. In 2017, Amazon confirmed that it manually conducted mass deletions of one-star reviews of Hillary Clinton’s book detailing her failed 2016 presidential campaign. According to newsreports at the time, Amazon deleted more than 900 one-star reviews of Clinton’s memoir. After the release of fired former FBI director James Comey’s book last year, Amazon reportedly banned reviews from individuals who hadn’t purchased the book from Amazon.

In a canned statement provided to The Federalist by an Amazon spokesperson, the company said, “Our policy includes a delay before reviews appear on our website while we ensure reviews follow our participation guidelines.” The spokesperson did not explain why troll reviews from commenters whom Amazon hadn’t verified have purchased the book were nonetheless published without delay while reviews from verified purchasers were quarantined and remain hidden.

This is not a “muh private business” issue that the NeverTrumpers always dredge up to defend any attack on conservatives by Big Tech. This is a clear case of a major corporation penalizing a book that it is selling by singling it out for disparate treatment based on its viewpoint. I’m not a lawyer but depriving one book of the baseline promotional opportunities available to literally all other books despite a contractual arrangement with the publisher smells less than legal.

Just like with Google and Facebook and Twitter, let’s not deceive ourselves into thinking that a) these are normal businesses. They aren’t. They are monopolies

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Democrat Rep Eviscerates AOC and Her Chief of Staff As Their Cold War Goes Hot

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The past two days have not been good for relations within the Democrat House. Their caucus, according to reports, has begun rebelling against the loud-mouthed, radical “squad” of new Congressional members, namely Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley. This led to Pelosi giving a private, caucus wide address laying down the law about trashing other members. Some of the tension came from a tweet AOC’s Chief of Staff put out comparing moderate Democrats to southern segregationists.

Almost immediately, AOC was accusing Pelosi of racism for singling her and her cohorts out in the rebuke. I do have to wonder if it really qualifies as being “singled out” when you and your friends are the only ones doing the thing being pointed out? I mean, if I rob a bank and the police arrest me, I can’t complain that they didn’t put bracelets on my innocent neighbor. There’s a way for AOC to stop being singled out, i.e. stop doing ridiculous stuff, but I digress.

Up until this point, the tensions have remained between leadership, i.e. Nancy Pelosi, and the aforementioned squad. Things just changed though as a rank and file Democrat member of the House just blew his stack at AOC and her Nazi sympathizing Chief of Staff.

This per The Hill.

Clay, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, fumed at Ocasio-Cortez and the group of progressive lawmakers that includes Reps. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.).

“What a weak argument, because you can’t get your way and because you’re getting pushback you resort to using the race card? Unbelievable. That’s unbelievable to me,” Clay said. “I could care less. I could really care less. I agree with the Speaker. Four people, four votes out of 240 people, who cares.”

In an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez accused Pelosi of singling out newly elected women of color.

That would have been bad enough, but he was just getting warmed up.

“It shows you how weak their argument is when they have to resort and direct racist accusations toward Speaker Pelosi … it’s very disappointing to me,” Clay said.

The Missouri Democrat also described Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and the progressive group Justice Democrats as “juvenile” and “ignorant.”…

…“It shows you how ignorant and little history [Chakrabarti] knows, how ignorant he is to American history. How dare he,” Clay said.

Inject this directly into my veins.

Clay is also right of course. Saikat Chakrabarti is an absolute clown. Not only that, he’s corrupt and has been implicated in a scheme to funnel campaign cash to his own personal business interests. Like all commies, he’s really just about the money. He’s also a disgusting ideologue who makes incredibly false and misleading statements on a regular basis.

He’d finish up by targeting Justice Democrats, AOC’s support group that she almost certainly illegally coordinated with throughout her 2018 campaign.

“They’re missing the fact that we have a very thin margin of a majority that we’re operating under and apparently it doesn’t matter to Justice Democrats, they just want to get skins. They want to score points for whatever reason. But I find it juvenile, their tactics, I find their ignorance to be beyond belief about American history and about who are really segregationists. And so how dare they try to play the race card at this point, it shows you the weakness of their arguments.”

What’s got Clay so riled is that Justice Democrats is running a primary challenger against him and dozens of other sitting House members in an attempt to turn the Democratic party even further left. Understandably, he feels their tactics are self-defeating and stupid.

There’s another aspect of this that’s interesting, though. That being his reaction to AOC playing the race card and bringing up her lack of understanding of history. You can almost sense that he wants to come out and just say she wouldn’t know real racism if it punched her in the mouth.

The privileged socialist queen from New York who’s been praised and pampered all her life simply cannot compare her experience to black Americans and it’s insulting for her to constantly try to do so by crying racism. AOC has not suffered the systematic, brutal racism that others in this country have and she’s appropriating their struggles to further her political career. There’s something uniquely gross about that and perhaps it’s time for people to stop being scared to point that out.

Regardless, the civil war in the Democrat party is boiling over right now. It’s going to get worse and I’m not sure how it gets solved. AOC will not back down and Pelosi is trying to dance on the head of a needle. It’s not sustainable. More and more members are going to get sick of this and start speaking out.

But hey, I’m ready for it. Pass the popcorn.

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AOC Claims Without Evidence That Nancy Pelosi Slapping Her Down Has Created Death Threats Against Her

For the past few days, Nancy Pelosi and the four Harridans of the House–Ocasio Cortez, Tlaib, Omar, and Pressley–have been engaged in an escalating war of words with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over who is in charge. The quartet of scolds seems to think that because the are on Twitter a lot and a lot of deranged lefties love them that they should call the shots.

Here is the background via RedState articles:

Nancy Pelosi Punches Hard At AOC And The Fresh Face Caucus In Surprisingly Candid Comments
After Pelosi Took A Swipe At AOC’s ‘Squad’, A WaPo Journo Tried To White Knight Them – But It Didn’t Go Well
AOC Accuses Pelosi Of Making Her Do Actual Work
Pelosi Doubles Down On AOC & Friends, Reminds Us She’s A Steel Horse: ‘Regrets Is Something I Don’t Do’
and down to Ocasio Cortez insinuating Pelosi is a racist

Popcorn Time: AOC Goes Nuclear, Pulls “WOC” Card On Pelosi In War Of Words – But Backtracks Just Hours Later

Today, it was ratcheted up another notch when Ocasio Cortez accused Pelosi of encouraging death threats against her.

This is pretty incredible stuff. First off, I nearly have to call bullsh** on the entire premise. Who, exactly, is making death threats against this person because Nancy Pelosi smacked her ass? Ardent, hard core Pelosi and Hoyer partisans? I can understand her getting a lot of “shut up, doofus, you aren’t helping” and “lolol” but death threats over this? No way, Jose, to coin a phrase.

The positive thing about this is that Ocasio Cortez has been crossing Rubicons as though they were a Louisiana bayou. She’s called Pelosi racist. She’s characterized both “Blue Dog Democrats” in the House as segregationists. And now she’s accusing Pelosi of publicizing the spat that Ocasio Cortez and her buddies have been doing play-by-play commentary on via Twitter of orchestrating it to generate death threats.

In fact, the only downside to this is that Ocasio Cortez has actually made me feel a tiny bit of sympathy for Pelosi.

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