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Despite Democrats’ devastating losses in the 2020 race, which significantly reduced their majority lead in the U.S. House, their most radical members continue to double, triple and quadruple down on their alienating extremism, starting with AOC.
In a tweet posted Thursday, Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez lashed out angrily at a fellow Democrat for the apparent crime of pushing back on her brand of radicalism.
A day earlier, 10-year Senate veteran Joe Manchin of the solidly red state of West Virginia had posted a tweet slamming Democrats like AOC over their “crazy” schemes.
The senator had made it clear in the tweet that he has no interest in pursuing a “socialist agenda” or in “defunding the police.”
“Defund the police? Defund, my butt,” he’d bluntly written.
Defund the police? Defund, my butt. I’m a proud West Virginia Democrat. We are the party of working men and women. We want to protect Americans’ jobs & healthcare. We do not have some crazy socialist agenda, and we do not believe in defunding the police. https://t.co/EIFHX5OQ37
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November 11, 2020
This apparently infuriated AOC, a far-left Democrat who is stubbornly convinced that what America wants and needs is a radical agenda.
In a tweet that received over 500,000 likes from her millennial-aged groupies — as a reminder, millennials are so misinformed that they’d gladly trade their freedoms for a life under communism — she unleashed all her rage.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 12, 2020
Was that the stare of death or the stare of a fool?
Though the tweet garnered a great many likes, it also provoked a response from more “moderate” leftists who recognize that AOC’s radicalism is alienating people.
“AOC, girl, I have so much respect for you but you are really starting to piss me off. Change is gradual. It takes compromise. Please stop hurting the party. It doesn’t always have to be a purity test. You’re hurting our chances. Stop, please!” one leftist bluntly wrote.
See more notable replies below:
AOC, girl, I have so much respect for you but you are really starting to piss me off. Change is gradual. It takes compromise. Please stop hurting the party. It doesn’t always have to be a purity test. You’re hurting our chances. Stop, please!
— Melissa Kay (@ItsMelKay) November 12, 2020
Here’s how AOC’s type of Democrat did in a West Virginia Senate race… pic.twitter.com/duhYeLoYtx
— Aaron Fisher (@aaronsfisher) November 12, 2020
Know your audience: It’s time to change the phrasing on this as to not alienate moderates. Reallocate funds to support services is much more of a winning argue.
— Super Gay 🏳️🌈 (@GayMafia1969) November 12, 2020
Defund The Police needs a rebrand. I’m afraid no matter how necessary and reasonable the plans are, it’s going to be a losing battle as long as those three words are used.
— Eric is tweeting (@hansenwithane) November 12, 2020
You think you’re helping.
You will regret how you lead the charge to cause chaos.
You will never admit it publicly but one day you’ll be kicking yourself for being a chaos agent to your own party.
— YS (@NYinLA2121) November 12, 2020
This stupid slogan almost cost us the house but please continue.
— moonbeamer (@moonbeamer6) November 12, 2020
Joe Manchin is a Democratic Senator in a blood red state. That’s called winning. You could never. Keep your divisive games up “Ms I just talk a lot of shit to help Republicans but never passed any legislation”
— UnderwoodSpanbergerDavidsMcBath (@bidonkules) November 12, 2020
Their anger is palpable. The problem is that neither AOC nor her peers in the so-called Squad, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib, believe in moderation. As full-fledged radicals, they desire to be bulls in a china shop. In other words, they want to be a left-wing Donald Trump.
“Rashida Tlaib isn’t apologizing for wanting to yank money away from bad police departments. She has no second thoughts about her embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement, or for wanting to aggressively fight climate change,” Politico reported Tuesday.
Her anger is the result of chiding she’s faced from senior Democrats like Rep. Jim Clyburn, a 27-year House veteran.
Last week Clyburn, a black Democrat who represents South Carolina, warned Democrats like Tlaib that if “we are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine, we’re not going to win.”
In response, Tlaib cried foul.
Rashida Tlaib saying before we make painful statements we need to wait and see how the numbers come down, feels like I’m being asked to be quiet and we need to appeal to certain people, and that’s not right
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) November 5, 2020
Speaking with Politico this week, Tlaib doubled down.
“We are not interested in unity that asks people to sacrifice their freedom and their rights any longer,” she said.
“And if we truly want to unify our country, we have to really respect every single voice. We say that so willingly when we talk about Trump supporters, but we don’t say that willingly for my black and brown neighbors and from LGBTQ neighbors or marginalized people.”
Her remarks were so detached from reality. Mainstream American society and culture currently center exclusively around the struggles of so-called “black and brown” and LGBTQ people.
The examples are numerous:
— Adrian Nardi (@regmgr2) June 13, 2020
https://t.co/RXSiwLp0d0 Disney and Nickelodeon, two cable TV channels that reportedly average over one million child viewers during any given minute in a year, are reportedly now indoctrinating kids with Black Lives Matter propaganda.
— Robert Deshaies (@DRrightRD) June 5, 2020
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— ❌nuuzfeed (@nuuzfeed) September 10, 2019
Meanwhile, Trump supporters are being placed on lists for the crime of simply supporting America’s duly-elected president, Donald Trump.
But that’s the thing — AOC and Talib’s entire shtick is based on a gross misperception of reality, as demonstrated for instance by Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that opposition to socialist policies and defunding the policies is rooted in “racial resentment”:
So the whole “progressivism is bad” argument just doesn’t have any compelling evidence that I’ve seen.
When it comes to “Defund” & “Socialism” attacks, people need to realize these are racial resentment attacks. You’re not gonna make that go away. You can make it less effective.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 6, 2020
If the Squad members want to double down on this dubious line of thinking, that’s certainly their prerogative — and there’s certainly a market for it among millennials.
But whether or not this line of thinking will ever appeal to grown, working-class men and women — well, that’s a different question altogether.
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