An internal poll conducted for Democrats to gauge voter sentiment in pivotal swing states is raising major concerns for party leaders, as socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) – with their frequent anti-American and anti-Semitic rants – are increasingly seen as the face of the Democratic Party … especially for critical swing voters.
This could spell disaster for Democrats as they head into the 2020 presidential election.
“The new poll [is] extremely bad news for the Democratic Party, reveal[ing] how voters feel about AOC and Omar,” TheBlaze reported. “AOC and Omar are extremely unpopular and could cost Democrats both their House majority and the presidency in 2020.”
AOC, Omar swinging Dems out of contention?
The poll circulated by top Democrats was conducted back in May and was recently revealed to just one news group under condition of the internal source’s anonymity. It was taken before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s latest confrontation with the four firebrand ultra-left House freshmen, commonly referred to as “The Squad,” which includes AOC, Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). More negativity was also generated Friday, when AOC testified – unnecessarily under oath, with Tlaib at her side – about conditions at border detention centers that have been refuted and argued by Republicans as being dramatized and conjured up as another one of AOC’s publicity stunts.
As AOC and the trio of fellow anti-American Congresswomen continue to grab headlines, Democratic leaders are finding that they cannot continue to silently stand by as if they agree with all the anti-American – and often anti-Semitic and pro-Muslim – banter coming from the vitriolic House members.
“These Democrats are sounding the alarm that swing voters know and dislike socialism, warning it could cost them the House and the presidency,” Axios reported. “The poll is making the rounds of some of the most influential Democrats in America.”
One top Democrat who is doing groundwork in the 2020 congressional races indicated that the party must do something about AOC before she does irreparable damage heading into the election.
"If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk," the concerned Democrat argued, according to Axios. "[S]he's getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races."
The concern corroborates findings of the swing-voter poll of more than 1,000 likely general-election voters identifying as white with two or less years of college education – known as the “white non-college voters” who sided with then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016 … a group Democrats need on their side in swing House districts.
What the poll found was disheartening to Democratic leaders, who must now do something about the vocal congresswomen who embrace “toxic socialism” and often resort to anti-American tirades, anti-Semitic rhetoric and pro-Islamic policies to incite their small but volatile base of voters.
“Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74 percent of voters in the poll; 22 percent had a favorable view,” Axios divulged from the poll. “Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota – another member of The Squad – was recognized by 53 percent of the voters; 9 percent (not a typo) had a favorable view.”
And even as socialism is often touted in public education in favor of capitalism, an overwhelming majority of those who voted recognized the dangers of the former and the benefits of the latter.
“Socialism was viewed favorably by 18 percent of the voters and unfavorably by 69 percent,” Axios’ Mike Allen revealed from the poll.“Capitalism was 56 percent favorable; 32 percent unfavorable.”
The top Democrat added that, “Socialism is toxic to these voters.”
Changes in these swing voters over the past three years were noted.
“Dems are performing better with these voters than in 2016 – although still not as well as in 2018,” Allen recounted. “So, party leaders will continue to try to define themselves around more mainstream members.”
Not taking a hint …
Failing to read the proverbial writing on the wall, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley threw warning signs to wayside and discounted critiques by defending their ultra-left approach during an annual Netroots Nation conference – appearing in a panel discussion at the event taking place over the weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"We never need to ask for permission or wait for an invitation to lead," Omar insisted Saturday, according to The Associated Press (AP). “[There's a] constant struggle oftentimes with people who have power about sharing that power."
A number of Democrats behind the scenes were trying to iron over tensions between Pelosi and The Squad, with one representative warning that the speaker’s dismissive remarks about the “political celebrity” of the four could inflict some irreparable damage on the party’s performance at the ballot box, but Pelosi disagreed and attempted to minimize her attack.
“It wasn’t dismissive; it was a statement of fact,” Pelosi told a reporter in San Francisco on Monday, according to the New York Times. “[While most House Democrats had] voted to protect the children [by supporting the House’s humanitarian aid bill, the squad had chosen not to.]”
Even though the four constantly blame Trump for border conditions and overcrowding, they are the only ones who voted against aid going to the border – as they would rather complain about the border crisis than solve it, and Pelosi pointed this out.
“They were four who argued against the bill, and they were the only four who voted against the bill,” Pelosi stressed. “All I said was nobody followed their lead. They have a following in the public. I’m just talking about in the Congress.”
AOC’s fellow-self-proclaimed socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), jumped to The Squad’s defense against Pelosi and told her not to “alienate” the freshmen House Democrats.
Besides open borders, the radical four are also pushing other measures that would ultimately bring America to financial ruin – according to most economic experts.
“The foursome has helped to redefine their party’s message – pushing multi-trillion-dollar ideas like the Green New Deal, Medicare for all, and tuition-free college that have drawn broad rhetorical support, including from Democratic presidential candidates – but they have yet to translate their vision into concrete legislative achievement,” the New York Times (NYT) reported. “The squad and its allies argue that they are tapping into the real energy in the Democratic base with their uncompromising and unapologetic stances.”
Ocasio-Cortez claimed Pelosi was just singling them out (The Squad) and picking on the four of them.
“I would understand why you’d want to put an arm’s distance between more progressive members of the caucus and more moderate members of the caucus – I think that’s fine – but it’s explicitly the four of us,” AOC complained, according to the NYT. “I was elected here to do a job, but I also respect the fact that she has to do hers.”
The Squad taking on the left and the right
As The Squad continues to attack Trump for border conditions and facilities that started under the Obama administration and allowed to fester as Democrats – and now just the four ultra-left lawmakers – refuse border aide, the president shot back and asked them why they don’t go to their former countries – or nations of their ancestors – and fix them … if America is such a horrible place to live.
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe – the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all) – now loudly ...” reads Trump’s first Sunday tweet directed at The Squad reads, followed by his second and third tweets (separated by elipses). “... and viciously telling the people of the United States – the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth – how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how ... it is done. These places need your help badly – you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
Omar is a former Somalian refugee, while Tlaib was born in Michigan from Palestinian immigrant parents, and AOC is a Puerto Rican born in New York, with Pressley being an African American born in Ohio.
Resorting to her typical vitriolic rhetoric and temperament, AOC took to Twitter to play her tired race card and blame Trump again for border conditions implemented by former President Barack Obama.
"You are angry because you can't conceive of an America that includes us,” AOC insisted in her Sunday tweet addressing Trump. “You rely on a frightened America for your plunder."
She continued with another post.
“Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’ & the country we all swear to, is the United States, but given how you've destroyed our border with inhumane camps – all at a benefit to you & the corps who profit off them – you are absolutely right about the corruption laid at your feet,” she added in an”ther tweet. ‘But, you know, what's the rub of it all, Mr. President? On top of not accepting an America that elected us, you cannot accept that we don't fear you, either. You can't accept that we will call your bluff & offer a positive vision for this country – and that's what makes you seethe."
Always eager to jump in when the race card is played, Pelosi seized the opportunity to try and unite the Democratic Party and bring aboard teetering voters by rallying behind The Squad.
"When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to "Make America Great Again" has always been about making America white again," Pelosi tweeted Sunday. "Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power."