Progressives In The ‘Squad’ Already Causing Problems As New Congress, President Haven’t Even Taken Office

( The Squad is at it again, trying to make waves and be rabble rousers before the next Congress even takes its place in Washington.

Progressive Democrats in the House are clashing with the moderate arm of the party. Moderates have claimed a major reason why Democrats didn’t do so well at the polls on Election Day was because of the messaging and policies of the progressives.

Virginia Representative Abigail Spanberger, a moderate, said on a call last week that:

“No one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again,” or Democrats would get “torn apart” in the 2022 mid-term elections.

Squad members fired back quickly at that. Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib, for example, said the Democratic Party is “not going to be successful if we’re silencing districts like mine.” The district she represents is one of the poorest in the U.S.

She continued:

“Me not being able to speak on behalf of many of my neighbors right now, many of which are black neighbors, means me being silenced. I can’t be silent.

“We are not interested in unity that asks people to sacrifice their freedom and their rights any longer. And if we truly want to unify our country, we have to really respect every single voice. We say that so willingly when we talk about Trump supporters, but we don’t say that willingly for my black and brown neighbors and from LGBTQ neighbors or marginalized people.”

President-elect Joe Biden has preached a message of uniting the country’s two parties and to “heal” the nation from the last four years under President Donald Trump. Progress, meanwhile, don’t seem to like that message, and they aren’t in favor of some of the people who have been mentioned as possibilities for the Biden administration. These include Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat, and John Kasich, the former Ohio governor who is a Republican.

Mondaire Jones, who recently won election to the House in New York, said it’d be “quite divisive” for the president-elect, who is “nearly 5 million votes ahead of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, to revert to appointing Republicans in his cabinet.”

He continued:

“This isn’t even just about Republicans versus Democrats. This is about getting the right kinds of Democrats in leadership.”

Other progressives said in a Politico report that they’re “afraid” of Biden attempting to work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, only to have no success in doing so.

A spokesperson for the progressive group Justice Democrats, Waleed Shahid, said:

“That approach to governance could really threaten party unity and the 2022 midterms, because Mitch McConnell’s sole goal will be to make Joe Biden swallow as many toxic poison pills as possible that make it harder to campaign in the midterms.”

And the always-fiery Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York said it’s time for Democrats to “take our gloves off with Republicans.”

She continued:

“We’re always messaging around bipartisanship and how much we love working with Republicans all the time in a lot of these sensitive areas. We need to have an unapologetic agenda, have an actual alternative and counter-messaging that is distinct from the Republican Party instead of trying to play to notions of civility. … I just really hope that it gets through to a lot of people that this idea that we can win over white voters on a civility argument is like not a reliable strategy.”