Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was apparently triggered by a fellow socialist’s failure to defeat a moderate incumbent – going after the party’s leadership as a result.
The close race between progressive attorney Jessica Cisneros and incumbent Henry Cuellar eventually saw Cuellar declare victory which set Ocasio-Cortez off on a rampage against her own party.
Ocasio-Cortez blasted leadership within the party for supporting Cuellar as far left Democrats have fought to push Cisneros over the line against Cuellar as they continue their efforts to further radicalize the party.
“On the day of a mass shooting and weeks after news of Roe, Democratic Party leadership rallied for a pro-NRA, anti-choice incumbent under investigation in a close primary. Robocalls, fundraisers, all of it. Accountability isn’t partisan. This was an utter failure of leadership,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Cuellar has served in Congress since 2005, and is a true moderate. He is anti-abortion, has repeatedly called out President Joe Biden over the border crisis, and for most of his political career has enjoyed an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association.
In his statement declaring victory, Cuellar thanked House Majority Whip Rep James Clyburn (D-SC) “for his steadfast support.”
Democrat strategist and Clyburn adviser Antjuan Seawright argued that the far-left “can’t have it both ways” and that “This has not been the first time the progressives have been upset because people decided to make their decisions about who they support.”
“I don’t think they get to decide what to be upset about because in the same way they feel like they’re upset about the speaker and the whip’s intervention, the speaker and the whip could be upset about their intervention,” Seawright told the Hill.
AOC continued her tirade on Twitter, saying “Congress should not be an incumbent protection racket” and declared that “those who fail their communities deserve to lose,” while failing to provide an example as to exactly how Cuellar has failed his community.
Still, according to Ocasio-Cortez, the only reason for a Cuellar win in the election which has not yet been officially called would be the Democrat leadership.
“TX28 is an extremely close race. If Cuellar wins, leadership’s decision to go to the mat for a pro-NRA incumbent will be the reason why. If Cisneros pulls it out, they will have mobilized against a badly needed grassroots for Nov & fought against a historic victory,” she said.
Other notable far-left Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), also spoke out against Cuellar and Democratic Party leaders for supporting him.
“We don’t need a member of Congress with a top-rating by the NRA to block any gun safety legislation, or someone who votes against Roe v. Wade. We need someone like Jessica,” Warren told Politico.
Sanders, meanwhile, said he was disappointed the Democratic Party worked “alongside a corporate PAC to defeat a young woman who is a strong progressive … in support of the most reactionary Democrat in the U.S. House.”