Mercedes Schlapp, a top campaign aide for President Donald Trump‘s reelection, claimed the Democratic Party is in “disarray” due to their support for members like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
For the past several weeks, Democrats have been clashing as a liberal “squad” of four freshmen congresswomen demand the party move further to the left. As IJR previously reported, Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff claimed that he would back primary opponents for moderate Democrats if they do not back the policies supported by his boss.
In return, Pelosi called on her members to take their disputes offline and address them in person. Ocasio-Cortez then accused Pelosi of “singling out” her, and Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) because they are women of color.
This public feud was sidelined after President Trump claimed the four could “go back” to other countries if they wanted to implement their far-left policies, a statement many took to be racist.
Schlapp claimed that the chaos on the Democratic side of the aisle stems from their fear of Ocasio-Cortez’s “squad.”
During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Schlapp outlined why this may be a problem for Democrats.
Watch Schlapp’s comments:
“What are you seeing the other side? You’re seeing the squad dictating the rules of the Democratic Party which is very clear that they’re pushing forward, you know, very disturbing statements. […] They’re calling our Border Patrol agents Nazis. They’re calling our detention centers concentration camps. Omar herself has come out with very anti-Semitic remarks, basically saying to legislators that you have dual loyalty. That is problematic. And I think that is where you see the Democratic Party in disarray, where these Democratic presidential candidates are gonna have to kiss the ring of the squad because they are the new voices of the Democrat Party.”
It remains unclear how much influence the so-called squad will have over the 2020 elections. Ocasio-Cortez has yet to endorse any of the candidates, but recent bills with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) highlight that candidates are eager to work with the freshman representative.