Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyDem lawmaker offers tool for ‘filling in the blanks’ of Green New Deal Judd Gregg: In praise of Mike Enzi Ocasio-Cortez, Cheney trade barbs over knowledge of the Constitution MORE (R-Wyo.), the number three House Republican, slammed the Democratic Party for what she says is an adoption of socialism as the party’s progressive freshmen attract an outsized amount of publicity.
“You see an embrace of socialism. You see an embrace of policies that would fundamentally steal power from the American people and give it to the government. They would essentially make us slaves to socialism. Those voices right now are driving the agenda of the Democratic Party,” Cheney said Sunday on John Catsimatidis’ radio show.
“Right now they’re letting the most radical voices, including Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar Tlaib says Dem leadership should do more to support Omar: ‘They put us in photos when they want to show our party is diverse’ Omar thanks supporters, slams critics: No one can threaten ‘my unwavering love for America’ CNN anchor confronts Trump adviser who says president ‘never incited violence’ MORE and Tlaib, they’re letting them to set the agenda and they’re following them,” she said. “And I think that’s very dangerous for the nation. I hope that that will stop, but unfortunately I don’t see any signs that it will.”
Several of members of the House Democrats’ freshmen class, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezA radical centrist platform for 2020 Michigan couple launches pro-socialist online streaming service Green New Deal has a dirty secret MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi Tlaib Tlaib says Dem leadership should do more to support Omar: ‘They put us in photos when they want to show our party is diverse’ Trump tweets edited video slamming Omar over 9/11 comments Ocasio-Cortez: GOP attacks are ‘incitement of violence’ against women of color MORE (D-Mich.) have been vociferous proponents of progressive policies as they try to push the party further to the left, including Medicare for all and the Green New Deal.
The efforts have at times caused headaches for House leadership who have had to respond to Republican criticisms of the freshmen’s platforms.
Most recently, Omar sparked a conservative firestorm over comments she made about pro-Israel lobbying groups that some slammed as anti-Semitic. Republicans have also seized on comments she made about 9/11.
“So far we have not seen that Speaker Pelosi will exercise any kind of control, or that she knows how to exercise control over these socialists,” Cheney said.
“They ought to strip Ilhan Omar of her membership on the House Foreign Affairs Committee … We can never get to the point where … the Democrats [are] allowing [Omar] to stay on the Foreign Affairs Committee after her anti-Semitic comments. Now they’re apparently letting her stay on that committee after her disgraceful comments about 9/11.”
Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Omar Saturday morning over her 9/11 comments after President TrumpDonald John TrumpWH spokesman: We’re working with DHS, ICE to try to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities Trump says he has legal right to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities Sanders calls on Trump to scrap his trade plan MORE tweeted out an edited video of her remarks.
The video, which Trump tweeted Friday, shows Omar speaking to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March spliced together with video of the 9/11 attacks. Omar’s comments that “some people did something” — referring to 9/11 — appear between segments of footage and text memorializing the deadly attacks.
However, much of the criticism against Omar leaves out the end of her quote, in which she says many Muslims were unfairly connected with the attacks.
“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” she said.