Speaker insists socialism ‘is not the view of the Democratic Party…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The influence of New York’s socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Democrats in the House might be more powerful than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., admits.
Nearly 70 Democrats voted with Ocasio-Cortez, despite Pelosi’s assurance that the faction embodied by the freshman congresswoman only represents “like five people” in the party, according to a Fox News analysis.
Ocasio-Cortez is one of several new-wave progressive freshmen who are gradually pushing the party further left.
Pelosi tried to downplay Ocasio-Cortez’s influence in an interview with CBS News’s Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes,” claiming the Democratic Party is still moderate and rejects socialism “as an economic system.”
“You have these wings, AOC and her group on one side,” Stahl told Pelosi.
“That’s like five people,” Pelosi replied.
However, nearly a fourth of all Democratic representatives are sympathetic to Ocasio-Cortez’s views, according to Fox News’s review of their voting records.
Sixty-eight lawmakers voted in tandem with the Democratic socialist at least 95 percent of the times since January.
And it’s not just her fellow leftist freshmen: Several high-profile Democrats, including 2020 hopefuls Eric Swalwell and Tulsi Gabbard, and House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, voted with Ocasio-Cortez 95 percent of the time.
Stahl pushed back after Pelosi’s comment, noting that there are more new-progressives in Congress than there were last year.
Pelosi maintained, however, that the Democrats “by and large … know that we have to hold the center, that we have to go down the mainstream.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s Democratic socialism has no place in the Democratic Party, according to Pelosi.
“If people have that view, that’s their view,” she said of socialism. “That is not the view of the Democratic Party.”
Pelosi has tried to steer House Democrats toward the center, fighting off the freshmen’s radical agenda, which includes the impeachment of President Trump.
She has, however, defended the leftist members of her party, specifically Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after she was heavily criticized for the use of anti-Semitic slurs.