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Democrats Bench the “Squad” As Radical Policies Drag Down Candidates

AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

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Throughout the home stretch of the fall campaign, one of the most outspoken factions on Capitol Hill has gone noticeably quiet. For years, the “Squad,” a group of six far-left House Democrats touted by the media and many in the liberal establishment as the “future of the party” have been a constant presence in headlines and on CNN and MSNBC. But now, as their radical policies have alienated vast swaths of the voting public, the Squad is missing in action.

The Squad first rose to national prominence following the election of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan in 2018. Reps. Cori Bush of Missouri and Jamaal Bowman of New York joined them in 2020. Initially, the media lauded the group for their extreme opposition to President Donald Trump and his administration’s policies, crowning them the de facto leaders of the “resistance” movement.

But the Squad wasn’t just interested in opposing Republicans – they had a radical agenda of their own in mind. For example, they became some of the earliest leaders of the “Defund the Police” movement – a position that they have remained firm on even as Democrats face a national backlash over the devastating consequences of gutting police budgets. Over the past two years, taking advantage of Democrats’ razor-slim margin in the House, the Squad has repeatedly held legislation hostage and demanded that items from their progressive agenda be included. AOC’s radical “Green New Deal” has become the legislative standard for climate activists around the world, and the Squad has worked bits and pieces of it into Democrats’ big spending bills.

Yet, in recent months, the Squad’s regular media appearances have precipitously declined. In August, Rep. Omar almost lost her seat in a surprisingly tough primary challenge, prevailing by less than 2 percent. Though the other Squad members were also able to retain their seats, their popularity has suffered heavily since Biden took office. Squad matriarch AOC is currently under fire for mocking her local constituents by dancing to their chants of “AOC has got to go.” A new poll has Republican Congresswoman Mayra Flores – perhaps the leader of a budding Republican “anti-Squad” — with a higher net favorability rating than AOC.

Looking back, 2020 was a clear inflection point in the stardom of the Squad. Though Biden secured the presidency and Democrats took control of the Senate, Democrats nearly lost their majority in the House. Many Democrats directly blamed the Squad’s embrace of the “Defund the Police” movement and other radical policies, arguing that the Squad was dragging the Democratic Party far to the left of the American electorate.

Since Biden’s inauguration, things only seem to have gotten worse for the Squad. Many critics have noted that AOC has spent as much time criticizing President Biden as she has Republicans. When in opposition to Trump, the Squad’s progressive legislative priorities were hailed by the media and the left as the foundation for future Democratic governance. Once Democrats had the majority, however, many seemed to quickly realize how truly radical and out-of-touch those same policies were, setting the stage for an intra-party power struggle. Left-wing activists applauded the Squad for voting against Biden’s infrastructure bill because it didn’t contain enough progressive priorities, yet doing so infuriated many of the Squad’s Democratic constituents and Democratic leadership.

At the same time, the Squad has undoubtedly continued to drag the Democratic Party to the far left. Many of the spending priorities in Democrats’ multiple multi-trillion-dollar bills are straight out of the Squad playbook. The Squad’s obsession with “reimagining” the criminal justice system, destroying the fossil fuels industry, and pushing left-wing ideologies like Critical Race Theory and gender theory in K-12 schools have similarly become hallmarks of Biden’s presidency. Rep. Cori Bush in particular has continued to double down on her support for “Defund the Police” policies, insisting that it should be the official platform of the Democratic Party.

Unsurprisingly, Biden and Democrats have continued to suffer in the polls. Republicans are pulling further ahead in key races throughout the country, and voters have made clear that they are fed up with Democrats’ dangerous descent into left-wing radicalism. As such, it is perhaps no surprise that the Democrat establishment has benched the Squad in a desperate attempt to moderate the party’s image ahead of Election Day next week.

Yet despite their best efforts, the die appears to have already been cast. The harsh reality that Democrats now must face is that, while the Squad’s agenda may have been popular with the media class and liberal elites, it does not work for the ordinary voters whom the left claims to represent. Should 2022 be the “red wave” many pundits are now predicting, it may well be that the Squad will only continue to wane in power and influence, much to the relief of the majority of Americans.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.    


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Hal-
2 months ago

I always thought there was a better name tag for that group better than the “Squad” …. the “Squat.”

LauraC
3 months ago

You know what the press never talks about is how the conservatives constantly expose and deny credibility to their far, far right wing, but the Dems continue to genuflect to their extremist gang. Why is that?

LauraC
3 months ago

The press still gives the whiney little ninny plenty of time to expound on her profound talking points. She’s sooooo dumb and soooooo self absorbed it’s a wonder anyone listens anymore, but there it is.

Henker
3 months ago

The Squad needs a firing squad.

Philip
3 months ago

This is the best news I’ve heard all day!!????????

Tim
3 months ago

This is good news for red blooded, God fearing, patriotic Americans.

Will
3 months ago

Seems to me , Biden has been letting them run the country, and all they have done is jack up the country even worse. Between them and obummer, I don’t know who was worse.

GrinningGranny
3 months ago

Good article. Here’s to benching these extreme far leftists

Jocie Taylor
3 months ago

That’s because CNN and all the other channels that support the Democrats are losing people their media is not credible and people just learned like I to ignore them

Lisa
3 months ago

I sure hope they bench these radicals. In a way it’s good for us because most Americans don’t support their radical agenda.

J Frazier
3 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

You got that Right

Rita
3 months ago

I never heard Twitter discuss this

Dr.Zorro
3 months ago

The squad is a replacement for Monty Python’s flying circus!

Jeanette
3 months ago

How Omar and Talib were allowed to become members of congress is unbelievable. They hate our country.

Felix
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeanette

MSM

Jeanne
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeanette

Are we sure they’re legal citizens? Hating our country is putting it mildly.

Brad Brown
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeanette

The entire swamp is against America! But “the squad” is even more dangerous… They need to be fired asap!

Tim
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeanette

I agree 100%

David Millikan
3 months ago

GERMANY WAKING UP TO GLOBAL WARMING LIE AND ENERGY SHORTAGE (NO ELECTRICITY), DESTROYS WIND FARM TO MAKE ROOM FOR EXPANSION OF COAL MINE.
Yes, you read that right.
The UNITED STATES of AMERICA
was ENERGY INDEPENDENT with
PRESIDENT TRUMP.
SINCE 1-20-21, WE HAVE ZERO ENERGY PRODUCTION THROUGH 2024 WITH DICTATOR Beijing biden.
NO DIESEL and NO FUEL with MORE INFLATION and VERY LITTLE FUEL FOR WINTER and FOOD SHORTAGE.

Michael
3 months ago

It’s funny that someone who has a “DECADE” of experience in DC politics and culture has failed to point out what the common people learned in GRADE SCHOOL. I’m over 60 and learned long ago from my GRANDPARENTS born in the 1800’s that the loudest voices are the ones that get heard. The socialist agenda has been in place since the 1940’s. Schools no longer teach history because in 1963 the communist manifesto literally said that they would destroy AMERICA from the inside out. The liberal left has been following that narrative for easily the past 50 years since the end of Vietnam. They took the 2 fundamental concepts out of school – The Pledge of Allegiance and the Freedom to PRAY. Once the LIBERAL LEFT accomplished this first step, the rest has been consistently and successfully introduced a little bit at a time. Now we have lost the status of the AMERICA that has always been STRONG AND PRODUCTIVE.
Now we have 3 sex’s Male, Female, and CONFUSED. No other country takes us seriously or believes that we can actually be a True Power in World Affairs anymore. I don’t care what color a person’s skin is, what they worship, or if they are Republican or Democratic. If they are unwilling to stand up for FREEDOM, then they will lose their FREEDOM!!! Having served in the ARMY, I found that we were all ONE COLOR – GREEN
With crimes, drugs, and the actions of the cartels and the corruption that is rampant in society today, the SOCIALISTS ARE ACHIEVING THEIR GOALS.
WAKE UP AMERICA AND LETS BE AMERICAN AGAIN!!

Bea
3 months ago
Reply to  Michael

I second that!!

Tim
3 months ago
Reply to  Michael

Completely true. I have an analogy of the last 2 generations. We took God out of our schools and put Him in the closet. And what was on the closet came out. So now instead of God being the center of America, the perverts from the closet are.

ezed2109
3 months ago

Make no mistake…. they may be keeping a low-profile for the time being, but their far Left and Marxist agenda is still very much a part of the Democratic Party. The policies for far Left Socialist positions are very much a part of recent major Democratic Legislation. Legislation sponsored by the Democratic leadership and signed by Biden that includes Billions for New Green Deal agenda, language for Woke agenda that includes control of educating and raising your children actions driven on Equity…  

Larry W.
3 months ago
Reply to  ezed2109

The squad is a little left of the democrat party agenda but both are way out of the mainstream. They are all dangerous to our way of life.

Nicole Kroetch
3 months ago

I hope you’re right on this. The Squad is a cancer on our Republic.

HOMER SIMPSON
3 months ago

LOL STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES… THE LEFT IS NOT ONLY DESTRUCTIVE AND DANGEROUS, THEY ARE EVIL AND VINDICTIVE PIECES OF SCHIFF!!!!

Gabe hanzeli Kent wa
3 months ago

The mainline democrat agenda has failed epically. The more radical agendas fail even faster and deeper.

The only thing the democrat are running on is saying negative lies about their opponents. The democrats can not run on their agenda or successes becuase they have no successes.

The fact is the democrat / liberal / progressive agenda / movement had proven to be a failure.

The only people who believe is are the 14 to 29 year olds that are too stupid to know better.

LiamL
3 months ago

My hunch is that it doesn’t matter. There will be an epic red wave that will miraculously disappear as the Dems fix is in. There is no accountability.

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