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If we’re lucky, AOC and the Squad are on their way out

Feb 22

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The Squad, comprised of eight left-wing House Democrats, has been openly critical of Israel both before and during Israel’s war with Hamas. As primaries approach, some of these House members are facing challenging political races.

Straight Arrow News contributor Matthew Continetti delves into the backlash against the Squad and hopes its members will face a reckoning in the upcoming election cycle.

[Missouri Representative Cori] 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 1200 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 Jan. 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 Aug. 6.

The most endangered Squad member is representative Jamaal Bowman in New York. The former middle school principal, a socialist opponent of standardized testing, defeated 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. In January 2024, in a sign of just how antisemitic 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.

Since they came together in 2018, the Socialist squad of House Democrats led by Alexandria Ocasio Cortes have mainstreamed anti semitic rhetoric and tarred the Democratic Party with the brush of extremism, 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 the reckoning may soon arrive. The squad has been insulated from democratic accountability by gerrymandering and political polarization. But this year is different. A few squad members faced credible primary challenges. The press has framed these contests as fights between the pro Israel lobby and the anti semitic left. What that framing obscures is the egregious personal conduct that has alienated the squad’s constituents and invited rebuke. 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 moved to eject squad founding member Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. It was overdue. Omar has spent four years in the House obnoxiously and offensively trolling Jews and the pro Israel community without paying a price. 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 last November when 22 Democratic Congressman joined with all but eight Republicans to senators Omar squadmate Rasheeda to leave at issue was to llaves 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 and a long list of horrible things that to Labor said since she was elected in 2018. Alas, Ocasio Cortez, Omar and Talib don’t seem to be going anywhere. They benefit from computer engineered blue districts, loyal supporters, and a gusher of left wing small dollar donations. The newer recruits to the squad are not as secure since she won election in 2020. For example, Representative Cory bush of Missouri has earned a reputation on Capitol Hill for her SATs combination of moral preening and twisted behavior. Bush trained much of her rhetorical fire on Israel, and an act of political perversion, she increased her verbal bombardment, after Hamas terrorists killed more than 1200 Israelis injured 1000s more and took hundreds of captives. Bush voted against pro Israel resolutions she called for ending us 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. bailout raised her in the fourth quarter of last year. The primary is August 6. The most endangered squad member is representative Jamaal Bowman in New York. former middle school principal, a socialist opponent of standardized testing defeated alien Congressman Eliot Engel and 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 in January 2024, and 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 on earth 911 Truth or poetry Bowman had scrawled as a 20 something in which he insinuated that the terrorist 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. Mark your calendar for June 25. That’s the New York primary. The sixth anniversary of Ocasio Cortez is arrive on the national stage. And if we’re lucky, the beginning of the squats come up it’s

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