Left-wing Democrats who are jittery that their Jew-hating rhetoric will put them at risk of losing their cushy positions are begging the party’s House leadership to protect them.
According to Politico, members of the mouthy pack of pro-Hamas lawmakers known as “The Squad” are seeking help from House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) to back down the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) from backing challengers in their districts next year.
The outlet reported that a trio of leftists from the Progressive Caucus’s PAC met with Jeffries and Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), who heads up the campaign arm for House Democrats in a closed-door meeting at party headquarters to enlist his help against AIPAC.
“If we have to spend a lot of money to keep our incumbents in office, then that’s less money that gets spent on frontline districts and districts we can pick up, so it is a real problem,” the outlet quoted Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) who ran into trouble this summer when she trashed the Jewish nation as a “racist state” at a progressive conference.
Let’s say it out loud. AIPAC backs extreme election deniers and then goes after people of color, most of whom are women, who dare to do our jobs and fight for our constituents. Their MO is to try to shame and blame…and elect a Republican majority.https://t.co/gctsnYBmnF
— Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) November 16, 2023
“And that’s why it’s really important to be clear to AIPAC that they need to stand down and that we are going to vigorously defend our members,” the Seattle socialist added.
According to the left-leaning outlet Slate, AIPAC could spend as much as $100 million and “has trained its attention on these members to make an example of them.”
The meeting comes as “Squad” members have fully exposed themselves as antisemites with their demands for a ceasefire in Gaza and, in the case of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) promoting Hamas lies and the controversial slogan “from the river to the sea” which many believe calls for the eradication of Israel and its people. The Michigan radical also incited a mob to invade and occupy the Capitol complex after a fiery speech in D.C. last month.
Tlaib was punished in a bipartisan manner by her fellow lawmakers who censured her, but the real price may be paid at the ballot box where her cohorts Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) have drawn challengers, with more likely to come.
Rep. Summer Lee (D-Pa.), a “Squad” newbie whose antics have also drawn a challenger, said of Jeffries, “I hope that he will speak out as urgently and aggressively as those who are speaking out against us.”
Bush, a loudmouthed BLM activist told Politico that she expects House leadership to “openly back her and to rebut attacks on her congressional tenure.”
“The support is really the truth about what’s going on,” the congresswoman said. “Because the thing is, people will try to smear this work.”
The outlet also quoted “Squad” leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as saying with “the highly racialized targeting of many of these members, we absolutely need leadership that would defend our members from that.”
The socialist diva went after AIPAC, accusing the organization of being “racist and bigoted” and an “extremist organization that destabilizes US democracy.”
AIPAC endorsed scores of Jan 6th insurrectionists. They are no friend to American democracy.
They are one of the more racist and bigoted PACs in Congress as well, who disproportionately target members of color.
They are an extremist organization that destabilizes US democracy. https://t.co/I7KeLBHttJ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 1, 2023
Slate quotes Connor Farrell, who heads up the left-wing fundraising organization Left Rising, as saying that AIPAC wants “to make the statement this cycle that no one is safe from their wrath, that if you speak out, you can be targeted no matter how popular or how many cycles of incumbent you are.
“It’s extremely audacious,” he said.
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