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

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2022
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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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DDS
DDS
1 year ago

Unfund the Squad and all of its testicles would be a good start.

Joseph
Joseph
1 year ago

Please folks go out and vote now in 2022. If we turn out in large numbers we will win. MAGA

BACKWOODS
BACKWOODS
1 year ago

Vote the B!(H’s OUT.

Steve Gorton
Steve Gorton
1 year ago

All 6 of these traitorous witches should be hung by the neck then thrown back into a swamp from whence they came!!!!

Frank
Frank
1 year ago

They shouldn’t have been allowed to run in our country’s political field anyway. The fact that they are where they are proves how the democrats and DC is selling out America.

Gary
Gary
1 year ago

The “Squad ” will be put back on the bench on Nov. 9th right AFTER the election . And the DEMOCRAT party will return to ‘defund the police’ , raising petrol prices , convicting Republicans , expanding abortion , raising taxes , attacking the 2nd Amendment ( and the Constitution generally ) , claiming ownership of your children , and changing their gender .

Folks the DEMOCRATS are making a last ditch effort to trick you and to make you believe they’re normal. Don’t beleife ’em ! The DEMOCRAT party will return to their socilist ways and to continuing their destroying America

Dennis M Struk
Dennis M Struk
1 year ago

Get RID of the “Squad” altogether!!! DEPORT them to Russia! Even Putler wouldn’t really want them around, so the FSB will “disappear” them in VERY SHORT ORDER… Bye, bye…

Gretchen Smith
Gretchen Smith
1 year ago

Those power hungry witches should be voted out permanently. They are anti-american and hateful racists.

Phyl
Phyl
1 year ago

The squad should be benched permanently by the people voting them out of office. None of them are worthy to be in Congress.

Larry W.
Larry W.
1 year ago

The democrat party has been sliding to the left for many years. The fact that the democrat party has been working with this group of bullies shows their desperation to stay in power rather than listen to the American people.

Dennis Belotti
Dennis Belotti
1 year ago

Patriots, The “Squad” are nothing but subversive Communists who promote the ” New World Order” of trashing the middle class into extinction,
These people need to be removed from office. They are anti America !

Shuttleguy
Shuttleguy
1 year ago

What took so long?

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

It’s amazing on how many ‘smart’ people still like what the squad is doing. It’s time to come together and flush that toilet.

nate
nate
1 year ago

There are no “moderate” Democrats. They are all depraved and immoral dirt bags. Do not fall for the election hype of a s called moderate Democrat.

mytake
mytake
1 year ago

About time. The squad is destructive and “too far left” and how about calling them what they really are. Socialist/communist trying to infiltrate and destroy everything American. To hell with them. Never paid them any mind. Toooo hateful!

P2burner
P2burner
1 year ago

Putting a cork in your worst nightmare doesnt make the nightmare go away.

Rich
Rich
1 year ago

Good riddance. I doubt the socialist/democrats have “woken” up, it’s just that this group is now a thorn in patriots butts and making it harder for the socialists to stretch the truth because the voting public is waking up and getting sick of their un-American stand. These women are spoiled Marxist brats that don’t want America to be great again due to their radical agenda. The “squad” will be voted out as soon as possible.

mark
mark
1 year ago

I would say its way to late for that after helping them almost kill our nation and its people for the past 2 years ,,, not counting the 40 years before that ,, the DICTATORSHIP must be stopped now

El Ey
El Ey
1 year ago

Let’s all hope and pray that this notorious and destructive group of anti-America politicians be removed from power forever. It’s sad that their base are so mis-informed and badly indoctrinated that they just vote without researching and finding out the truth. This group does not care about their constituents, they are only interested in lining their own pockets.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

aoc and liberals FANTASY WORLD
policies including Global Warming and
Solar, Wind power can fly off into the sunset on their Unicorns.
But their INFLATION and ZERO ENERGY PRODUCTION isn’t a FANTASY WORLD they created.
Guess aoc will be taking that train to Hawaii she always wanted and fly back on her Unicorn with her liberal party.

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
1 year ago

It would be wonderful if they were all taken out of office and subdued. If AOC had to be a barmaid again, it would serve her right.

James J
James J
1 year ago

the only thing this last Stolen Election proved, that there are a lot of Libtard Sheep in this country that voted for the Communist Demoncrat Party a.k.a. The Demoncrat Party Clan and the Demoncrat Sanger Abortion Party.. The Democrats were NEVER Of The People By the People For the People.

Laura
Laura
1 year ago

Unfortunately, in Cleveland, Ohio, a Blue City in a Red state, Mayor Bibb, a Democrat, has just put in place a kind of review board that will oversee the Cleveland Police Department. The members of that board have been handpicked by the mayor, not voted in by the people of this City or our local representatives. Of course, most of them are left-leaning Democrats. The morale of many of our officers is very low, and few people want to become police officers here in Cleveland. This Mayor does not support the police, even though he claims he does. Sounds like just words to me. So “Defund the Police” is alive and well in Cleveland, and crime is up. Hopefully, we can do something about it in these Midterms.

Adonis
Adonis
1 year ago

Noticeably the same squad pulled entire Democrat side of the aisle to the left. Why aren’t they proud of it? These days JFK would have been considered conservative by modern Democrat party.

Marc Ziegler
Marc Ziegler
1 year ago

The “Squad” have always been irrelevant to anyone with a brain, they have always to me been self-serving and ignorant (like most Dems). Who in their right mind would really want to “Defund the Police”, how in the world could a social worker disarm and stop a bank robbery!! How about gender identity, Ya, men can have babies, right!! These morons think we are all stupid just like they seem to be. So now the worm has turned, and now Dems have to pay for their insanity. Elections cannot happen soon enough!!!!!

Viet Viet 6769
Viet Viet 6769
1 year ago

It seems it’s about time,

BAE
BAE
1 year ago

AOC is the Karen of Congress. So true… lol

Don Schmidt
Don Schmidt
1 year ago

Don’t worry, the Squad will be back as soon as the election is over.

Mike S
Mike S
1 year ago

When the squad disappears from view, I for one won’t miss them at all. In fact, I’ll be overjoyed. They have done nothing to enhance the lives of average Americans while in office, and have done everything to degrade it. Be gone vile hypocrites.

Art
Art
1 year ago

DON’T GET EXCITED. THEY LURK LIKE A CANCER. A TUMOR IN REMISSION THEN IT IS BACK. THEY ARE ONE OF THE HIDDEN AGENDAS OF THE PROGRESSIVE/COMMUNIST MOVEMENT. PLUS THERE ARE OTHERS LIKE HAKEEM JEFFRIES IN THE WINGS TO FINALLY SHOW THEIR COLORS AND COME FORWARD. BE AWARE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kona
kona
1 year ago

Could these communists be tried for TREASON?

Kim
Kim
1 year ago

Eventually, the American voters will figure out that the Squad’s super-radical ideology is not a good fit for this country. Although the Squad keeps pushing their ridiculous agenda, they push it so far that most of us throw up our hands and say, “What the he<<?!

The recent Supreme Court decision repealing Roe v. Wade (and turning the abortion back to the states, where it belongs) is one such issue. They and other “progressive” members of their party were keen on the idea that a fetus could be terminated even up to and after the moment of birth. A living, breathing baby could be left on a cold metal tray to die. So, the dems got more than they had bargained for because now the whole country is aware of the atrocity these liberals are fighting for.

When California can’t keep up with the demand for power according to the climate change manifesto, those residents will find out, as Europe did, that in order to preserve lives, they will have to go back to traditional sources of energy production. It works, it’s available, and it’s relatively inexpensive. Then the Squad will move on to their next idiotic idea. Or they’ll be voted out in coming elections as constituents–even liberal ones–realize their ideas are just not feasible. And then they’ll simply fade away. Yippee.

InsanitySquared
InsanitySquared
1 year ago

Radicals have no place in politics, IMHO. Be that right-wing or left-win. I had the displeasure of dealing and talking with both. Here, I see ordinary right-wing radicals and let me be honest – I cannot stand most of you.

I am an immigrant, naturalized American voter who lives in GA. I am also a moderate right-leaning independent. I voted for a moderate Republican Brian Kemp but voted against Herschel Walker since he is obviously a terrible candidate. I know people who think like me but they are not bothering to let their opinions known. We are a sizeable voter base and I would encourage y’all to pay attention and to nominate moderate Republicans if you want to win. Why? Because the Left outnumbers the Right. Most people live in cities and cities are usually left-leaning. You have to understand that and nominate more moderate people. Heck, even Democrats are seeing that they do not do well with the radicals and sidelining them. Republicans need to do better too.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 year ago

The squad should pack up and move to Russia. Kyle L. P.S. And take Harris with them.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase
1 year ago

The Squad has an agenda that no decent human should embrace. Dems pushing them in the corner is a farce since they are cozy otherwise. How anyone can see any redeeming value in what they offer defies the imagination!

LiamL
LiamL
1 year 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.

Gabe hanzeli Kent wa
Gabe hanzeli Kent wa
1 year 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.

HOMER SIMPSON
HOMER SIMPSON
1 year ago

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

Nicole Kroetch
Nicole Kroetch
1 year ago

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

ezed2109
ezed2109
1 year 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…  

Michael
Michael
1 year 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!!

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year 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.

Jeanette
Jeanette
1 year ago

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

Dr.Zorro
Dr.Zorro
1 year ago

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

Rita
Rita
1 year ago

I never heard Twitter discuss this

Lisa
Lisa
1 year 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.

Jocie Taylor
Jocie Taylor
1 year 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

GrinningGranny
GrinningGranny
1 year ago

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

Will
Will
1 year 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.

Tim
Tim
1 year ago

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

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