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Meet Hakeem Jeffries, the Radical Progressive Poised to Replace Pelosi

AMAC Exclusive – Shane Harris

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One of the major storylines heading into the 2022 midterms is the growing number of House Democrats (at least 26 so far) who have announced they will not seek reelection this fall – no doubt reading the political tea leaves and sensing a looming Red Wave next November. But the most important retirement announcement that appears imminent has yet to drop. After 19 years as the top Democrat in the House, the widespread belief on Capitol Hill is that this year will be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s last, leading to even more swirling speculation about who will replace her. While it’s still undoubtedly an open race, Hakeem Jeffries of the Eighth Congressional District of New York, an area that encompasses large parts of Brooklyn and a section of Queens who is serving his fifth term in the United States Congress of New York, has emerged as the early odds-on favorite – potentially signaling the beginning of a new, even more, radical era for the Democratic Party.

Although he styles himself as an outsider, Hakeem Jeffries’s career prior to politics and entrance onto the political scene suggests otherwise. A graduate of Georgetown University and New York Law School, Jeffries worked for several years at a top New York law firm before running unsuccessfully for a State Assembly seat in 2000. He’d win that seat two years later, then go on to win election to the U.S. House in 2012.

While Jeffries ran to the left of several challengers during his time as a state representative, by and large, he remained focused on local issues like housing availability and drug abuse before heading to Washington. But it was during his time in state government that signs first appeared that Jeffries had certain left-wing impulses that he was eager to embrace when it became politically expedient.

Once in Congress, Jeffries began a meteoric rise, which currently has him in the post of Democratic Caucus Chair, the 5th-highest ranking position among House Democrats. With Reps. Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn, the caucus’s number two and three members respectively, also in their eighties, and younger Democrats clamoring for a new generation of leaders to take over, many observers expect Jeffries to leapfrog Hoyer, Clyburn, and Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark to secure the top post.

It was also in the House that Jeffries began his transition from a pragmatic liberal to a full-blown progressive. As the ideological center of the caucus moved left, so too did Jeffries, embracing each new item on the radical agenda. He joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus and became one of the strongest supporters of their agenda. In 2019, Jeffries was selected as one of the House Impeachment Managers for Democrats’ first effort to remove former President Trump, aligning himself with other far-left Democrats like Adam Schiff. In his closing argument before the Senate trial, Jeffries said that acquitting Trump would be a “death blow” to the Constitution. 

In the years since, Hakeem Jeffries seems to have doubled down on this newfound identity as a fire-breathing, anti-Trump radical dedicated to the tenets of progressivism. In a recent interview with The Atlantic, he said that he approaches every issue “first and foremost with an understanding that systemic racism has been in the soil of America for over 400 years.” Amid the Democratic attempt to force a federal takeover of elections and outlaw certain election integrity provisions like Voter ID, Jeffries called for the Senate to “detonate the filibuster” and repeated the false and inflammatory claim that the rule is a “Jim Crow-era relic.” He has also said that Republicans are “part of a cult” and is on record as supporting the use of stem cells from aborted babies in scientific research.

Since entering Congress, Jeffries has turned his blustery rhetoric into action and voted in lockstep with Pelosi and House Democrats on virtually all of their radical agenda items. This term, he was a strong supporter of everything from the attempted federal takeover of elections to Biden’s $3.5 trillion expansion of government welfare – earning him the goodwill of both progressive backers of the legislation and Democratic leadership.

Jeffries has remained largely mum on his potential rise to the top even as talk of it continues to grow, clearly an effort to avoid irking Pelosi and her lieutenants on their way out the door.

His ascension, however, is not assured just yet. Ironically, the one roadblock remaining might be some fellow progressives. Although Jeffries has made clear that he himself shares their views on nearly every issue, his ambition has at times placed him in competition with other Members who themselves have eyes on taking power someday. In becoming Democratic Caucus Chair, for example, Jeffries defeated Barbara Lee, the favorite candidate of many high-profile progressives. That put him at odds with then-newly elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who reportedly considered backing a primary challenge to Jeffries in 2020 over the tiff.

Other progressives have at times also voiced concerns that Jeffries takes too much money from Wall Street or is too close with charter school groups back in his home district. However, these concerns appear to be largely driven by a competing desire for power rather than a true disagreement over ideology. As Jeffries’s voting record and public statements show, he is no squish when it comes to supporting progressive priorities, and it is often other powerful progressives like Ocasio-Cortez and CPC Chair Pramila Jayapal who are the ones levying the attacks.

While the opposition of some top progressives to Jeffries as leader may not be enough to sink his candidacy, it does nonetheless underscore just how far left the party has gone in recent years. The debate now is not over if Jeffries – again, a self-identified progressive – is too far left, but rather if he is far-left enough to lead the caucus. The fact that someone with as radical a record as his is even palatable to so-called “moderate” Democrats further confirms that moderation in the traditional sense of the word may no longer be a term that describes any Democrat in the House.

For a party whose lurch to the left has already endangered its majority in the House and set it on what looks like a path to defeat this November, the prospect of a Hakeem Jeffries speakership does not bode well.


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Richard Minetti
4 months ago

He apparently is one of those slippery, radical politicians, like Schucky Schumer and
goes whichever way the money flows and has little concern for the will of his constituency!

Id est quod id est
4 months ago

If the GOP takes the House in November, Jeffries (a real lightweight) will just be a wildly swinging minority leader with a 24/7 invitation to CNN.

Art
4 months ago

A Socialist/Progressive that loves the RACE CARD. Imagine that.

Judy
4 months ago

There is a reason why the hand of the Almighty has not been completely lifted off of this country and it totally destroyed, and only He knows why that is! Could it be that He is hearing the sincere prayers of His believers for our country to turn back to honor Him? I pray that our Holy and merciful God will forgive our treachery against Him through His everlasting mercy! We should all be praying for this and one another! Besides Florida, is Virginia a sign of the beginnings of our recovery and a Spiritual Revival? A Holy Scripture reads, that ‘when the righteous in the land increase, they will see the fall of the wicked.’ THIS I pray is happening!

I love my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who willingly took my sin and died for me, suffering the worst death a human being can suffer! He felt everything we have ever felt and more when His Father looked away because He could not look upon the sin of the world upon Him! What terrifying fear He felt when He was heard crying, ‘My God, ‘My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?’
But God did not forsake Christ His only Son who was sinless, but that is the way it feels when ‘WE’ AS sinners can’t feel His presence anymore because of our sin. We thank our God for the loving sacrifice of His Son so that THROUGH HIM we have the forgiveness of sin when we repent; and eternal life which lives within each of us who truly believes. Jesus said, ‘the kingdom of God is within you who believe.’
I pray our God, who deserves our THANKFUL and GRATEFUL hearts, will renew this nation unto Himself and that for a while longer, we will prosper once again for His glory and honor.
I ask it in Jesus Holy name and for namesake, and may God bless and be with all who love and worship Him in sincerity,
Amen

Joann
4 months ago
Reply to  Judy

Wonderful testimony. Only belief in Jesus Christ

Frits ten Pas
4 months ago
Reply to  Judy

Indeed!! SDG!!

Joyce
4 months ago
Reply to  Judy

I applaud your astute observations!!

Karen
4 months ago
Reply to  Judy

AMEN!

BAE
4 months ago

Oh no, worse than Pelosi. Is that possible? Another WOKE character to destroy America, scary.
What can we do?

Garye
4 months ago

We need to REMOVE every marxist, anti American democrat!
This ilk cannot be worked with. Just THROWN OUT

Garye
4 months ago

Have faith, be determined, look at the Miracle of Virginia.
We need that EVERYWHERE!

Garye
4 months ago

Another marxist democrat piece of work . Exactly why on 2022 and 2024 the anti American democrats must be CRUSHED overwhelmingly, never to again return to power!
ALL democrats are BAD FOR AMERICA,freedom and Legal Citizens!!
Throw them out!

Id est quod id est
4 months ago
Reply to  Garye

“never to again return to power!” I would not assume that: Consider all the “undocumented Democrats” they knowingly and illegally allow to cross our border daily.

Lee S McQuillen
4 months ago

United States Congress of New York? Have I missed something?

Joe M
4 months ago

One more reason for conservatives to flood the polls this mid-term. if this guy is worse than Pelozi we can bet that he will be her predecessor !!

Barb304
4 months ago

Someone worse than Pelosi? God help us all!

Chaz
4 months ago
Reply to  Barb304

Not possible. Besides, who has ever heard of this jamoke?

Stukahna Sandbahr
4 months ago
Reply to  Chaz

Who’d heard of obama before ’08?

Fran
4 months ago

HELL NOOOOOOO!!!!!

God
4 months ago

Good is right, these clown Leftists are getting voted out by Americans of all colors, and politics Nov. 22

Stukahna Sandbahr
4 months ago
Reply to  God

“Progressive Florida rep sworn in”. I’m not too overly confident. (From The Hill dot com)

Carma
4 months ago

Good! Hel’ll be as or more divisive than Pelosi and more help for OUR side.

J C
4 months ago

It is Time for Term Limits on these Fools.. Botox Pelosi started out with nothing and ends up a Mulit-Billionaire .. what the hell is wrong with this ? Legalized Robbery that HATES the Greatest Country in the World.. Treason !!! Do to these Communist Democrats as they did to the Fascist Mussolini Party.. All on the North lawn of the Peoples House

Carma
4 months ago
Reply to  J C

Problem is that those who’d be term limited are the ones who would vote for term limits. That won’t be happening. There needs to be a much saner way to do this.

J C
4 months ago
Reply to  Carma

The thing is voters keep putting these lifers in. Prime example, the rotting skin bag China joe who has Never left the Peoples house in 50 years. Never worked a day in his lifetime, but became another Billionaire along with his disgusting Family.. The framers of our Constitution would not allow these Generational Welfare Rats to Destroy our Country..

BTSmith
4 months ago
Reply to  J C

Not to mention her husband, whose inside dealings in real estate with Pelosi knowledge of government lands that former post offices stood.
He had the inside scoop thanks to Nancy.

Jerry
4 months ago
Reply to  J C

Her net worth is $100,000,000.00. That is how these thieves use the stock market with insider trading.

J C
4 months ago

of course it makes sense.. Swap out a White Race Baiter Racist Senile Pelosi, for a true Black Race Baiter Racist.. Muslum Hakeem.. We already had a White/Black Racist Muslum Hussein Racist Race Baiter, Liar Do Nothing, in the White house. Lets go for the whole Sandwich

Cathryn Pindzola
4 months ago
Reply to  J C

Question- what ever happened to “We Won’t Forget”/ “We’ll Never Forget” after 9/11? I’m not saying all muslims are evil, but it seems to me that the ones in the Swamp sure are.

J C
4 months ago

I am saying they are all evil. they will put on a good face to get what they want then turn about, and group together. the phrase is they will destroy from within.. I lived and worked with these dogs of the desert for a few decades.. they do not change

BTSmith
4 months ago

According to the Quran, they are to destroy all infidels. Infidels, in their eyes, is all that will not convert to the muslim way of life, including ALL Christians.

Charlotte A Mahin
4 months ago

It is not surprising that the Democrats/Marxists would pick a new speaker who would be even more “progressive” than Pelosi. Nothing is going to stop them from trying to reach their goal of “fundamentally changing” our country into another CCP. Biden and many of the Marxists in DC are deeply involved in letting China take over every aspect of our country because they are getting rich. They are literally selling us out to the Communists.

Steven
4 months ago

And we are letting them do it…talking only goes so far. The Republican party is weak and timid, and the American people have become complacent.

We still have a Congressman that was sleeping with a SPY and we’ve done nothing about it. We’ve done nothing about Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State and she commited Treason. We’ve still done nothing about the constant lie of Russia, Russia, Russia…Now we’re going along with the biggest Coup in history.

I could go on and on but I think you can figure out what I’m talking about. People are caught with their hands in the cook jar and all we do is slap their hand…no punishment whatsoever, we’re lucky if it’s on the evening so called news.

We’re getting the government we deserve by allowing everything that is now going on. Remember, it’s the government of the people, by the people, for the people. We act as if our servants/representatives are our masters and not the other way around.

PaulE
4 months ago
Reply to  Steven

We don’t even slap their hand. We talk about slapping their hand, but never actually even do that. Complacent is far too generous a term for what most Americans have become. I agree with you that we are getting the government we deserve based on the fact we, as a country, are unwilling to do anything to change things. When the people allow lawlessness to go completely unpunished, what you end up is even more lawless behavior.

CWDux
4 months ago

Maybe Hakeem should ask himself if “…..systemic racism has been in the soil of America for over 400 years.” Just how did he, a black man, have the opportunity to receive a degree from Georgetown University and New York Law School and become a U.S. Congressman. If America is such a racist country maybe he could explain why millions of people of color from Africa, the Caribbean, South and Central America and other countries are risking their lives to get to our Southern border and enter our country illegally.

Mario Capparuccini
4 months ago
Reply to  CWDux

You make excellent points and I agree wholeheartedly. But, so called progressives dismiss logic, and evidence. For pointing out what you did, and for my agreeing with you, we would both be canceled because of our racism and fascism. We must win the hearts of the millions of Americans who are still asleep at the wheel. We will never win the hearts of the radical progressives except by the miraculous working of Almighty God.

Garye
4 months ago
Reply to  CWDux

CW , yes imagine that.
The democrats LIE is conservatives, legal Citizens and Patriotic American would NEVER allow person of color to succeed!
democrats divide and lie!

Phyl
4 months ago

He reminds me of obama. A quick rise to power by doing nothing but destroying the Country. The only difference obama hid his agenda until he ran for office. Then he said he would radically transform America. None of the media ask him how but pushed him into office. Jeffries is heading in the same direction.

Beverlee Hilton
4 months ago
Reply to  Phyl

Thats exactly what i thought. Never heard of him, but dems money pushes him “out there”. Just like Harris also.

Boz
4 months ago

One deviI for another deviI. That’s the way the Dems roll.

Red Allosaur
4 months ago
Reply to  Boz

Why I sometimes call those power mad wannabe Marxists demonrats.

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