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Demolition Squad

Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2024
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Finally, some good news: Times have been tough for the House Democratic “Squad” of socialist anti-Semites.

Look at the headlines. Politico says the Squad is “at a crossroads.” Yahoo! News writes that “the Squad’s controversies have brought a backlash that could prove fatal.” The Daily Beast sounds panicked: “The Squad,” it howls, “Is Facing an ‘Existential Threat’ in 2024.”

Let’s hope so. Since they first came together in 2018, the Squad’s cry-bullies have mainstreamed anti-Semitic rhetoric, tarred the Democratic Party with the brush of extremism, and embarrassed moderate Democrats in frontline swing districts, all while playing the victim. As the Squad doubled in size—growing from four to eight members—it became more reckless and more revolting. It made enemies. A reckoning was inevitable.

And a reckoning may soon arrive. Over the course of its brief and sorry lifespan, the Squad has been insulated from democratic accountability by gerrymandering and political polarization. This year is different. A few Squad members face credible primary challenges. The press, for its part, has framed these contests as fights between the pro-Israel lobby and the anti-Semitic left. A typical headline from the Daily Mail reads: “Far-left Squad reps fear deep-pocketed American-Israeli PAC backing candidates to boot them in primaries.”

True enough. What the conventional framing obscures, however, is the egregious personal conduct that has alienated the Squad’s constituents and invited rebuke. The threat to the Squad isn’t just from AIPAC. It comes from the Squad members themselves. They are rude and confrontational machine pols who push the boundaries of manners and the law. And now, to quote one of their ideological forebears, the chickens are coming home to roost.

The anti-Squad backlash began in early 2023. Not long after the Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives, newly elected Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) moved to eject Squad founding member Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. It was overdue. Omar had spent four years in the House obnoxiously and offensively trolling Jews and the pro-Israel community without paying a price.

Omar had said Jewish money was behind U.S. support for Israel. She had displayed a revolting moral equivalence by saying, “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.” She has an actress’s sense of pacing and double entendre. She’d issue an inflammatory and anti-Semitic message, then react in faux shock-and-horror when called on it. She delighted in the ensuing controversy.

The House kicked Omar off the committee in a party-line vote. Had the matter been decided after Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, 2023, some Democrats might have crossed the aisle to condemn her, as well. That is, after all, what happened in November, when 22 Democratic congressmen joined with all but eight Republicans to censure Omar’s squadmate, Representative Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.). At issue was Tlaib’s continual use of the anti-Semitic slogan, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

The chant, with its genocidal overtones, was the latest entry in a long list of horrible things that Tlaib has uttered—or more accurately, screamed—since she was elected in 2018. Tlaib had said, “There’s a kind of calming feeling, I always tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust.” She has denounced Israel as a racist and apartheid state. She has proclaimed her support for a “one-state solution”—that is, an end to the Jewish State of Israel. She has declared that “you cannot claim to hold progressive values yet back Israel’s apartheid government,” anathematizing millions of pro-Israel Jewish liberal Democrats.

Tlaib has been especially unhinged since October 7. She’s leveled the disgusting accusation of genocide against Israel. She has seized every opportunity to behave like an enraged lunatic. Her track record of anti-Semitic outbursts more than deserved censure. She and Omar and their ringleader, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York—who broke down in tears in 2021 after casting a vote of “present” on a bill supporting Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense program—have disgraced the Congress and their party. The House would be better off without them. Alas, they don’t seem to be going anywhere: Omar, Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortez benefit from computer-engineered, indigo-blue districts, loyal supporters, and a gusher of left-wing small-dollar donations.

The newer recruits to the Squad are not as secure. Freshman representative Summer Lee’s 12th congressional district in Pennsylvania includes the Tree of Life Synagogue, site of the worst attack on American Jewry in the history of the United States. Since October 7, however, Lee has joined the chorus of jackals working to delegitimize the Jewish state. Two primary challengers are running against her—including local activist Bhavini Patel, a pro-Israel Democrat whose mother immigrated from India. The primary is April 23.

Lee is something of a Squad understudy. Not so Representative Cori Bush of Missouri. Elected in 2020, the former Black Lives Matter activist has earned a reputation on Capitol Hill for her ersatz combination of moral preening and twisted behavior. Early in her career, when confronted over the fact that she employed private security, Bush responded, “So suck it up and defunding the police has to happen, we need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets.” Turns out, the head of her private security detail was her boyfriend. They got married in 2023.

Bush trained much of her rhetorical fire on Israel. In an act of political perversion, she increased her verbal bombardment after Hamas terrorists killed more than 1,200 Israelis, injured thousands more, and took hundreds of captives. Bush voted against pro-Israel resolutions. She called for ending U.S. support to the IDF. She accused Israel of ethnic cleansing, a slander that alarmed the Jewish community of St. Louis.

Wesley Bell, a prosecuting attorney in St. Louis, dropped his nascent Senate campaign against incumbent Republican Josh Hawley to challenge Bush. On January 30, 2024, Bush disclosed that she was under Justice Department investigation for improper use of campaign funds related to her husband’s security company. Bell outraised her in the fourth quarter of last year. The primary is August 6.

The most endangered Squad member, and perhaps the most idiotic—though the competition is stiff—is Representative Jamaal Bowman of New York. The former middle-school principal, a socialist opponent of standardized testing, defeated the veteran, and ailing, congressman Eliot Engel in a 2020 primary. Bowman became infamous last year when he pled guilty to pulling a fire alarm in the Capitol to delay an important vote on government funding. The House censured him in December 2023.

Bowman has sided with the Squad in calling Israel an apartheid state engaged in genocide and ethnic cleansing. He’s appeared alongside noted anti-Semite Norman Finkelstein, who has demeaned the Holocaust and celebrated October 7. In January 2024, in a sign of just how anti-Semitic Bowman had become, Democratic lobbying group J Street revoked its endorsement of Bowman. When J Street says you are too anti-Israel, it’s time to reevaluate your life choices.

Also in January, reporters unearthed 9/11 Truther “poetry” Bowman had scrawled as a twentysomething, in which he insinuated that the attacks on New York, Washington, and Flight 93 were an inside job. By that point, Bowman’s challenger, pro-Israel Westchester County executive George Latimer, was building a serious campaign to unseat him. Latimer outraised Bowman in the fourth quarter of 2023. His record of diligent public service contrasts favorably with Bowman’s know-nothing radical chic.

Mark your calendar for June 25. That’s the New York primary, the sixth anniversary of Ocasio-Cortez’s arrival on the national stage, and—if we are lucky—the beginning of the Squad’s comeuppance.

Reprinted with permission from AEI by Matthew Continetti.

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CLIFFORD F GERACI
CLIFFORD F GERACI
6 days ago

I don’t understand why “deep pockets” are required to oust congress persons who are anti-American. How about some common sense?

Theresa Coughlin
Theresa Coughlin
7 days ago

the squad’s comeuppance can’t come soon enough. they are a disaster.

Nobody’s Business
Nobody’s Business
6 days ago

What’s worse than these squad members? The morons that blindly vote Democrat no matter what!

Nilda
Nilda
8 days ago

Comeuppance? Lord willing!

Joel
Joel
6 days ago

It still is a concern when New Yorkers replace a conservative in a special election. Funny how the dems are able to remove anyone who was elected and demonize them to the point of extinction. There are plenty of dems who have enough evidence of improprieties but the right appears not to have the stamina to fight like the lefties. It also appears that district doesn’t know or doesn’t care about the leftists trying to destroy America.

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
7 days ago

Why are most of them ugly?

George
George
6 days ago

So many of these folk are attempting to cover vast, vast vast fields of ignorance with some extremely sheer veils of stupidity.
I am a veteran of the Viet Nam era and I have seen my friends give the ultimate offer to the United States and would like to know why these few are allowed to spit in the faces of my friends and their families.. If these people do not like the U.S. I will gladly donate monies to get them a one-way ticket to any place but the U.S. with the stipulation that they are never to return.
My above offer also includes the so-called leaders in Washington.

John
John
8 days ago

One thing for certain, all things have a beginning and ending. These anti-American politicians should have a seat. Many seats! Time to take the trash out.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
6 days ago

BRAVO BUST UP the Squad

Al
Al
7 days ago

Praying it so.

Lisa Skinner
Lisa Skinner
7 days ago

Praying that is the case but there are so many uneducated voters out there. Very sad times!
FJB

anna hubert
anna hubert
6 days ago

The most worrying aspect is that they got in Who are the people voting for them and was there a fraud committed Were these votes legal? They ought to be stripped of their US citizenship and send back to the country of their origin where they can be happy

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
6 days ago

you know, sometimes the leftists IQ are so low that you can tell by even the smallest things they say. these two are a prime example.
First off the area called Palestine is not part of Israel.
Second the Muslims that live within Israel are 100% equal.
Third South Africa has become a dialed country since apartheid was abolished. Crime is through the ceiling. violence is everywhere. Nelson Mandela’s own wife did despicable things to white people; especial y farmers.
Firth south Africa was much much better off for everyone under apartheid.

So here we have a couple of know nothign idiots pretending to be clever and not having a clue what they are talking about.

So average leftist of them. This is why people are vacating the leftist ideas like crazy. just too many stupid people like these.

marty
marty
6 days ago

I’ve lived in Westmoreland Co Pa..all my 73 years, and for the last 20+years it’s been majority R, So, Primary day ’23, my guy Guy Reshenthaler isn’t on the machine but Mike Doyle was. Mike Doyle was a rep for 30 years in Alleghney Co., 13 miles away. Turns out, there are 2 Mike Doyles, One was the “Bernie Bro” that shot-up the Rep. baseball game that almost killed Steve Scalise, The other Mike was from Alle. Co. Election day ’23 Summer Lee is on the ballot, a” grinning socialist” from Pittsburgh wanting to defund the police, well, she won with all the lefties in Pgh. Somebody, probably the courts moved me into that Pgh. mess.,they’ve been losing population lately,so my vote counts for zero !!

Gigi
Gigi
6 days ago

The squad are the most disgustingly ugly women I have ever seen in my life, and that includes inside and out. I don’t even want them in my country let alone in my government. This is what happens when the borders are open, and all manner of people come into our country and are given the opportunity to vote in our elections. This is what they vote for, the filthy squad Women.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
6 days ago

I’m not too fond of my Nevada State Democrats, Cortez-Mastro and Rosen, but they’re not looneys in the Squad. But their guilt as well as other Democrats is not that they are “like them” but that their party tolerates their lunacy! How many times has a Republican (Trump for example) been asked to “condemn” something they have nothing to do with (white supremacy, a shooting, even unkind words)? And yet Democrats allow these people to say and do the vilest of things.

jerry d.
jerry d.
6 days ago

TIME TO SHIP ALL THESE ANTI SEMETICS BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM, TRUMP WAS RIGHT….

Directory mechanic
Directory mechanic
6 days ago

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Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
5 days ago

I heard on the news that Cori Bush is 20 points BEHIND in her primary. Maybe some of the people around St. Louis have grown a brain!

JPop
JPop
4 days ago

There is no use for her in Michigan or Washington. Simple reason being Anti-American and Anti-Semite. And I can sleep well at accusing her of both.

John Shipway
John Shipway
6 days ago

“From the river to the sea” is an antisemitic phrase? Then why does the baby killing Israeli leader Netanyahu chant it at every opportunity?
My God, I am NO fan of “The Squad”, not of a single member but to deny that Israel largely owns Congress is simply stupid. Look into the financial backing of virtually every Congressman, You will see a LOT of funding coming directly from AIPAC,a HUGE lobbying outfit and group of liars that funnel tens upon tens of millions to “our” Representatives in both houses of Congress.
My God, I cannot believe this clown world has led me to defend a position held by a squad member.
But then, the good, kind Israelis are merely teaching the residents of Gaza how to get along with their kind Israeli brethren……..right?

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