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AOC says she might quit politics as Dems pin losses on progressives and top black lawmaker James Clyburn says defund the police was a disaster

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AOC says she might quit politics as Dems pin losses on progressives and top black lawmaker James Clyburn says defund the police was a disaster

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she considered not running for reelection and exiting politics because of how divided the Democratic Party has become
  • She claims establishment Democrats are ‘hostile’ they are toward progressives
  • Democratic House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina said labels from progressives like ‘socialist’ hurt the Party in its congressional races
  • He also said the ‘defund police’ movement, touting by Ocasio-Cortez and her ‘squad’, was detrimental to some key races this year
  • ‘I’ve always said that these headlines can kill a political effort,’ Clyburn said
  • Instead of an expected ‘blue wave’, Democrats lost several House incumbencies as many districts flipped red and some races thought to be a lock were lost
  • Ocasio-Cortez says she is not to blame for this flip: ‘Republicans levied very effective rhetorical attacks against our party’

By KATELYNKatelyn Caralle, Daily Mail, 9 November 2020:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blamed ‘Republican narratives’ for tearing Democrats apart as she revealed over the weekend she considered not running for reelection due to in-house fighting between the progressive and establishment arms of the Party.

When asked by The New York Times if she would consider running for the Senate if Joe Biden’s administration ended up being too ‘hostile’ toward progressive causes, Ocasio-Cortez said, ‘I genuinely don’t know. I don’t even know if I want to be in politics.’

‘You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year,’ she added.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was confident going into Tuesday’s election that the Democrat-controlled lower chamber would be able to pick up a dozen more seats to widen their majority.

Instead, Republicans were able to close the gap by so far gaining a net 8 seats, including beating incumbent Democrats and flipping several blue districts red. Although they still hold a minority, the margin is much slimmer, creating a more powerful GOP caucus in the House.

‘Republicans levied very effective rhetorical attacks against our party,’ Ocasio-Cortez told CNN’s Jake Tapper during an interview on ‘State of the Union’ Sunday morning.

Many establishment Democrats blamed progressive lawmakers for this loss, mainly Ocasio-Cortez and her ‘squad,’ which includes Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; Ilhan Omar of Minnesota; and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn is among the ranks of Democrats who butt heads with the ‘squad.’

He says labels like ‘socialist’ and calls from lawmakers to ‘defund the police’ can ‘kill a political effort’ because they are losing points with most Americans.

‘I don’t get hung up on labels,’ Clyburn said. ‘I’m an American, a very proud American. And I’m a Democrat, a very proud Democrat. So I just want us to be Democrats in a big tent, and these labels, I reject.’

NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Clyburn, the top ranking black Democrat in the House, if he feels the ‘defund police’ movement and socialism label cost his caucus seats this election cycle.

‘Well, I don’t know about all the seats,’ Clyburn said during his appearance on ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday morning.

‘I really believe that that’s what cost Joe Cunningham his seat,’ he added of the Democrat incumbent from South Carolina who lost to Republican challenger Nancy Mace.

‘And I can also tell you about the Senate here in South Carolina,’ Clyburn continued. ‘Jaime Harrison started to plateau when ‘defund the police’ showed up with a caption on TV, ran across his head. That stuff hurt Jaime. And that’s why I spoke out against it a long time ago.’

Harrison lost his effort against Senator Lindsey Graham to turn a South Carolina Senate seat blue.

‘I’ve always said that these headlines can kill a political effort,’ he told Todd. ‘We are all about making headway. And I just hope that going forward we will think about each one of these Congressional districts and let people represent their districts. You know, Joe Cunningham could not get elected in my district and I can’t get elected in his. So let’s recognize that the people should reflect that diversity in our country.’

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