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Dems Divided: Ocasio-Cortez Hurls Insults at Fellow Democrats

One Democrat attempted to call out Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar for anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements. Then AOC went on the attack on Twitter.

By NTK Staff | 05.08.2019 @12:30pm
Dems Divided: Ocasio-Cortez Hurls Insults at Fellow Democrats

The Intercept’s Ryan Grim reported Wednesday about a meeting that took place between Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Elaine Luria (D-VA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) that almost immediately turned sour.

The topic, according to all involved, was Tlaib’s public statements condemning Israel. Gottheimer presented Tlaib with a white binder full of press clippings of stories in which she criticized Israel. Tlaib left the meeting feeling “bullied.”

But Gottheimer claims the meeting took place at the request of Democrat leadership in an attempt to rein in the outspoken Tlaib. Per a Gottheimer spokesperson:

He and Luria “sat down with Congresswoman Tlaib to have an open, honest discussion about anti-Semitic comments on dual loyalty and other anti-Semitic tropes that the Congressman and many other members of Congress found deeply disturbing. As requested by leadership, the Congressman brought copies of statements that he found disturbingly anti-Semitic. The Congressman shared them with Congresswoman Tlaib and had what he believed, at the time, was a mutually productive conversation,” spokesperson James Adams wrote in an email. “The Congressman shared a document with a list of deeply disturbing, anti-Semitic tropes uttered by certain members of Congress.”

According to Grim’s reporting, Gottheimer has been diligently trying to “break down” Tlaib, Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and allies likes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He calls them the “herbal tea party” and said he believes they are derailing Democrats’ agenda in Congress.

Meanwhile, they view Gottheimer as too cozy with Republicans, the Trump administration, and the business sector. And Ocasio-Cortez apparently had few reservations about airing that believe publicly on Twitter on Wednesday:

While the open warfare between rival sects in the Democratic Party is somewhat unusual, it’s not all that surprising. Ocasio-Cortez’s wing of the party has dominated the conversation in Washington since they arrived in January, and by having a knack for attracting press attention, it’s unlikely their reign will end any time soon.

What remains to be seen is how vocally other members of the Democratic caucus will speak out as these members of Congress march toward reelection campaigns next year.

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