During an NAACP forum Wednesday, Rep. Ayanna Pressley claimed that she and her fellow congressional “Squad” members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar, are not an “insurgent cohort” but representative of the American people.
Pressley was responding to Republican Rep. Dan Bishop’s speech after winning in No. Carolina’s 9th Congressional District Tuesday, when he said his victory rejected the “radical liberal policies” of the “Squad.”
“First of all, the squad is all of y’all. It’s an indictment against the American people. Because that’s what we’re representative of. We are not some insurgent cohort of a gang, which by the way, those implied characterizations are racially not even coded — they are just racist,” Pressley said, predictably playing the race card.
In fact, the Squad is a radical insurgency against the more pragmatic Old Guard in the Democrat Party like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has struggled to rein in the freshman Congresswomen.