‘The Congressional Progressive Caucus is by far the largest and most influential coalition in the federal government…’
(Ben Sellers, Liberty Headlines) One may be hard-pressed to find any references on the carefully curated official page of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to its socialist underpinnings, but quick searches of its “dog-whistle” posts on social media and platforms like the blog site Medium begin to show its true colors.
As The Epoch Times’ Trevor Loudon noted in a commentary on Monday, “The Congressional Progressive Caucus is by far the largest and most influential coalition in the federal government. It is also the most radical, having extensive ties to several major Marxist organizations.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) co-founded the CPC in 1991, along with former Rep. Ron Dellums (Calif.). New incoming congressmen are likely to increase its ranks to an estimated 95 members, including unabashedly socialist Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.).
Joining Sanders and Waters among its 79 current members are notorious headline-grabbers like Rep. Elijah Cummings (S.C.), Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.) and Rep. Joe Kennedy (Mass.)—a veritable who’s who of far-Left demagogues, with many poised to assume powerful leadership positions in the new House majority.
In her bid to become, once again, the speaker of the House and to stave off a potential challenge from the Left, Rep. Nancy Pelosi has bargained with the CPC to offer its membership even more positions of authority in the new Congress.
However, those who aren’t household names are no less worrisome than CPC’s prominent figureheads. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), who is likely to become the next CPC chair, was among 575 protestors arrested during a sit-in on Capitol Hill in June.
As the Epoch Times notes, more than a dozen CPC members in the next Congress have direct affiliations with the Democratic Socialists of America. DSA has garnered its own headlines recently for acts of disruption and uncivil disobedience, some of which were of dubious legality and linked to violent organizations like Antifa.
The article also listed several members, such as the departing Ellison, with ties to the Communist Party USA. The CPUSA even issued a report at a 2012 international gathering of communist organizations that highlighted the connection with the CPC.
The article said many of the current issues on the Democratic agenda—among them: single-payer health care, amnesty for illegal aliens, normalization of relations with communist Cuba, $15 per hour minimum wage—were driven by the CPC into the mainstream discussion, despite being rooted in the international communist platform.
“The Congressional Progressive Caucus is effectively part of the world communist movement. And it’s about to become the dominant faction in the Democratic Party,” said the Epoch Times.