Dem Rep Compares Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib to Steve King – NTK Network Dem Rep Compares Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib to Steve King

Dem Rep Compares Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib to Steve King

“So while Steve King’s views don’t represent the entire Republican Party, those on the far left of the Democratic Party do not represent the mainstream caucus.”

By NTK Staff | 03.15.2019 @9:30am
Dem Rep Compares Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib to Steve King

House Democrats are stuck in an intractable situation with some of the party’s farthest-left and loudest voices. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has attempted to rein in the inappropriate and anti-Semitic comments of some of her freshman members, but it’s become clear that they will continue to be a thorn in leadership’s side.

To that end, freshman Rep. Harley Rouda (D-CA) called out the extremism of members like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) during an interview with Politico published Friday:

The moderate Democrats who delivered the House majority want you to know they’re not Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib or Ilhan Omar.

“I’d like to think that the Republican Party is not run by a bunch of folks that subscribe to be nationalists, like Steve King does,” added Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.), who defeated then-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in Orange County, the Reagan-era GOP stronghold. “So while Steve King’s views don’t represent the entire Republican Party, those on the far left of the Democratic Party do not represent the mainstream caucus.”

It’s a provocative comparison to make, but one that demonstrates the level of frustration some Democrats are feeling toward their more-vocal colleagues. Freshman Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) similarly voiced her concerns to Politico as well, adding Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) to her list:

“You have these four members frankly that were elected from seats that are going to be Democratic no matter what and represent a very small fraction of the party as a whole,” said Hill. “And it’s like they’re the only ones that exist.”

While the Democrat squabbles are only impacting Capitol Hill at the moment, time will tell how seriously these fights affect the reelection efforts for these vulnerable Democrats in 2020.

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