Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blamed ‘Republican narratives’ for tearing Democrats apart as she revealed over the weekend she considered not running for reelection due to in-house fighting between the progressive and establishment arms of the Party. When asked by The NY Times if she would consider running for the Senate if Biden’s administration ended up being too ‘hostile’ toward progressive causes, she said, ‘I genuinely don’t know. I don’t even know if I want to be in politics. You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year.’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was confident going into Tuesday’s election that the Democrat-controlled lower chamber would be able to pick up a dozen more seats to widen their majority. Instead, Republicans were able to close the gap by so far gaining a net 8 seats, including beating incumbent Democrats and flipping several blue districts red. Although they still hold a minority, the margin is much slimmer, creating a more powerful GOP caucus in the House.
‘Republicans levied very effective rhetorical attacks against our party,’ Ocasio-Cortez told CNN’s Jake Tapper during an interview on ‘State of the Union’ Sunday morning. Many establishment Democrats blamed progressive lawmakers for this loss, mainly Ocasio-Cortez and her ‘squad,’ which includes Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; Ilhan Omar of Minnesota; and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
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